Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Raven Ronald William

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218890 Colonel Ronald William Raven OBE FRCS TD
28 July 1904 – 24 Oct 1992


Colonel Ronald William Raven was surgeon at the Westminster (Gordon) Hospital from 1947 to 1969 and senior surgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Cancer Hospital from 1962 to 1969. he was educated at Ulverston Grammar School, St Bartholomew's Hospital and qualified MRCS, LRCP in 1928.

Colonel Ronald William Raven held the following post: Demonstrator in pathology at St Bartholomew's Hospital (1929–1931), Registrar in statistics, National Radium Commission (1931–1935), assistant surgeon Gordon Hospital (1935), and assistant surgeon Royal Cancer Hospital (1939–1946).

During the war he was commissioned in the Royal Army Medical Corps and served in North Africa, Italy, and Malta (mentioned in dispatches; awarded OBE 1946). Subsequently he became a Colonel in the Territorial Army. From 1948 to 1969 he was a consultant to the Royal Star and Garter Home for Disabled Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen. he was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and was an officer of Order of St John.

Service Record — Ronald William Raven

Sep 1939–Nov 1941 Assistant Surgeon Royal Cancer Hospital, London.

Nov 1941–1942 Surgical officer No 25 General Hospital Bangor, Northern Ireland.

1942–Nov 1942 Surgical officer No 2 Field Hospital Ormskirk, Lancashire and No12 Casualty Clearing Unit, Llandillo.

Nov 1942–May 1943 Surgical officer No 2 Field Hospital Setif, North Africa.

May 1943–July 1944 Surgical officer No 5 General Hospital Bone.

Malta 1944 Commanding Officer 90 General Hospital Mtarfa.

July 1944–May 1945 Surgical officer Assisi, Italy.

Malta 7 May 1945 Appointed OC 90 General Hospital Mtarfa.

July 1945 OC No 30 Coy RAMC.

Malta 27 Jan 1946 Returned to England on release from the services.

23 May 1946 Lt Col (Temporary Colonel).

Nov 1947–Apr 1959 Served as Colonel with No 57 (Middlesex) General Hospital TA.


  • TNA:WO 177/104, War Diaries Convalescent Depot Malta, March 1941 to November 1945.
  • TNA:WO 177/1886, War Diaries 30 Coy RAMC 1 January 1943 to 30 June 1946.
  • TNA:WO 177/1360, War Diaries No 90 General Hospital April 1940 to September 1946.
  • Private Papers of Dr R W Raven OBE TD at the Imperial War Museum.
  • Obituary Br Med J (1992), 304: 114 (Published 11 January 1992).