Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison Wood Philip Lawrence Eric
65535 Colonel Philip Lawrence Eric Wood MBE (1941) DSO (1944) MRCS (Eng) LRCP (Lond 1934) MRCP (Ed 1947) FRCP (Ed 1961) 19 Nov 1909 [Bareilly India] – 14 Jan 1994
Colonel Philip Lawrence Eric Wood was the son of Lieutenant Colonel John Lawrence Wood RAMC (1881–1943). He was educated at St Thomas's Hospital from where he graduated BA (1931) MRCS LRCP (1934), and at Edinburgh Academy and Trinity College Cambridge. He subsequently obtained his MRCP Edinburgh in 1947 and was elected to the Fellowship in 1961.
Colonel Philip Lawrence Eric Wood was commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps on 25 October 1934. He served in Malta, Palestine, Egypt, Sudan, and Cyprus. During the war he was in the Western Desert (awarded MBE), Tunisia, Italy (awarded DSO), and Germany. In Libya during a serious epidemic of polio he designed and built iron lungs out of bits and pieces of metal, with substantial effect.
After the war he worked in Egypt, Tripoli, Colchester, and Austria, then as senior medical specialist and medical officer commanding 33 General Hospital, Hong Kong (1955–1958) and senior physician and officer commanding Medical Division, Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot (1958–1959).
On 24 May 1957, he was awarded the Queen's Commendation for brave conduct. His citation read:
For volunteering to be lowered from a helicopter into a boat in rough weather with the object of attending a dangerously ill soldier on board a ship at sea. Lieutenant Colonel Wood reached the sick man and treated him successfully.
Colonel Philip Lawrence Eric Wood retired from the army in December 1961 with the rank of Colonel. He settled in Cumbria and worked at Glaxo Laboratories, Ulverston (1960–1974), where he was interested in allergic reactions in the workplace. In the community he gave training in first aid for St John Ambulance, the mountain rescue team, and the police. He died on 14 January 1994 aged 84 years, of a pulmonary embolism with congestive cardiac failure.
Service Record — Philip Lawrence Eric Wood
25 Oct 1934 Short Service Commission Lieutenant RAMC on probation. From 25 October 1934 to 21 April 1935, he was seconded to the Royal Victoria and West Hants Hospital Bournemouth Hampshire, under the provisions of Art. 213, Royal Warrant for Pay and Promotion, 1931.