Medical Students

Medical Students: St Thomas’

Medical Students: St Thomas’

Edmond Boyd Medical Student Belsen
Peter Barr-Taylor (Rear, 2nd from left – NEW confirmed) Ian Whimster (Suggested: Rear, 3rd from left), Alan MacAuslan, (Suggested: Rear with glasses, 4th left), Edmond Boyd (CONFIRMED. Front, centre with Gin bottle). Can you help with any others?


Edmond Arthur Douglas Boyd
(Eddie Boyd)

Alan David Rowan MacAuslan
1921 – 25 May 2018 In 2005, at the age of 83, his story was reported in the BBC News.

Michael Harold Farnham Coigley
Upon return in 1946, with John Stephenson, wrote a paper on treating starvation with protein hydrolysate. He later became a general practitioner.

Keith Maxwell Fergusson

Peter J. Horsey
Became a consultant anaesthetist at Southampton.

Alex Paton
2 March 1924 – 12 September 2015
Became a gastroenterologist, writer and postgraduate dean for North-West London hospitals. He specialised in alcohol misuse and became the first chairman of the medical committee of Alcohol Concern. His book, ABC of Alcohol, went through four editions.

John Anthony Reynolds

John Stephenson
Upon return in 1946, with Coigley, wrote a paper on treating starvation with protein hydrolysate.

Peter Barr Taylor
Previously P. B. Taylor, he later appears in the Medical Register as Peter Barr-Taylor. In 1973 he was promoted from flight lieutenant to squadron leader.
Update 2024: My Father as you know was a medical student who went to Belsen. He appears top row second from the left in the medical students from St Thomas Hospital picture. He was a General Medical Practitioner in his own practice at Portchester on the edge of Portsmouth harbour from 1952 until he retired, staying there until his death in 2013.
He was married to a nurse Jean who had worked with Sir Archibald Macindoe and had three children. His wife predeceased him in 1998. I am his eldest son still living in the area.
More to follow…

Arthur Thompson Cook
Became a British Army physician.

Kenneth Robertson Dempster – also known as Claude Dempster
1924 – 6 March 2001
Became a pathologist at the King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor.

Ian Whimster
3 September 1923 – 18 January 1979
Gained international recognition for his study of comparative anatomy and experiments with reptiles, particularly observing their colour patterns in relation to their nerve supply. He defined keratoacanthoma, the distinction between pemphigus and pemphigoid and made descriptions of melanocytes and malignant melanoma. He died in a road traffic accident at the age of 55.

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This archive has been established after my own relative, Reg Price, took part in the liberation and subsequent humanitarian effort of Bergen Belsen in April 1945. Reg produced this famous sign at Belsen. As part of the 113th DLI, Reg and his comrades were at Belsen for 5 weeks and left when the last hut was empty and ceremonially burnt down. This archive compiles all available resources to build a lasting tribute to all the men and women who helped - any unit, any nationality. If you have a relative, or any info, on the relief effort at Belsen, we’d love you to please get in touch. Email us: you Nick Price CreativesFacebookTwitter