What's this website about?

Our 2015 book 'Irish Doctors in the First World War' was well received by the families and relatives of those doctors who served during the 1914 – 1918 conflict and by the medical profession generally. We are planning a similar publication to remember those Irish doctors who served with the Allied forces during the Second World War, 1939 – 1945.

We are seeking assistance in identifying all of the Irish doctors who served and hoping to receive stories and photographs relating to their time in military service. 

Joe P. Duignan, Kevin T. Cullen and Patrick J. Casey

Irish Doctors in the First World War by Joe P. Duignan, Kevin T. Cullen and P. J. Casey

Irish Doctors in the Second World War

Many Irish doctors served with the Allied forces during the Second World War which raged from 1939 to 1945. At least 2,000 Irish doctors served with the British, American, Australian and South African forces in all the theatres of war including Europe, North Africa and the Far East. Over 50 of the doctors would be killed in active service during the conflict while a further 30 would die while in military service.  In addition, 20 medical students from QUB would be killed in action and three more would die while on military service during the Second World War.

The Irish medical schools at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), the National University of Ireland Colleges in Dublin, Cork and Galway (UCD, UCC & UCG), the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Queen’s University , Belfast (QUB) compiled and published Rolls of Honour recording the names of their graduates who had served with the Allied forces during the 1914 -1918 First World War. 

By 1945 the political scene in Ireland had changed in the intervening years with the result that only TCD and QUB published Rolls of Honour of their graduates who served in the 1939 – 1945 conflict.  The TCD and QUB  Rolls of Honour  identify 740 and 640 respectively of the 2,000 or so Irish doctors who served. The remaining 620 Irish doctors have been identified by searching the many archives associated with the 1939 –’45 war. 

How you can help

In addition to the reduced number of Rolls of Honour, few images of the Irish doctors who served are readily available in the public domain.  We are seeking assistance from the families of the Irish doctors who served in the Second World War in providing images of those who served and which were taken during or immediately after conflict along with permission to include these images in our planned publication, Irish Doctors in the Second World War.

Along with the images, we would appreciate any records from the period relating to the medical aspect of military campaigns together with details of military and civilian medals awarded to Irish doctors.

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