Barr, John Fulton , RAMC (1868-1954)

  • Barr, John Fulton , 1868-1954.
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


"The following is an interim description which may change when detailed cataloguing takes place in future:" Diaries, some photographs and a few other papers relating to his varied career, including the war in South Africa, 1900-1902, with the RAMC in northern Italy and France, 1917-1919, as a ship's surgeon, living in Japan and travelling in the Far East and Russia, c 1907-1923, and living in the UK from 1923 until 1948.



Physical description

1 box


A. Diaries
B. Correspondence
C. Boer War photographs

Acquisition note

This material was given to the Library in February 2009 by Neil Macalister

Biographical note

Born 7 Aug 1868
BSc (1889); MB CM (1891) (University of Glasgow)
Then said to have gone to Paris to pursue studies in ophthalmology, and to have taken part in the Klondike Gold Rush
Served in the Boer War, 1900-1902
Spent time in Japan and had business interests in Kamchatka (Siberia)
Commissioned in the RAMC as Lieutenant, 29 Aug 1914; served in Italy and Northern France
On discharge in May 1919 he obtained a position as ship's surgeon and returned to Japan; further visits to Kamchatka, China, Japan, and extensive travels including North America, Australia and the Baltic
Resident Medical Officer, Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow; Resident Physician Glasgow Royal Infirmary
1922 Medical Officer, Bellahouston Pensions Hospital
1923 acquired a property at Hundall, Unstone nr Sheffield and practised medicine there, but frequently spent time in Scotland
1924 went to South America
While remaining based at Unstone he continued to travel, both in the UK and Ireland and abroad, visiting South Africa in 1932, Switzerland several times during the 1930s, Japan in 1939 and Sri Lanka in 1940
Died 28 Aug 1954 at Unstone, nr Sheffield

Much of this information supplied by donor, or based on evidence of the diaries. Information about his medical education from The University of Glasgow Story; on his commission in the RAMC from the London Gazette; notice of death, in British Medical Journal 18 Sep 1954, p. 710; further details from the Medical Directory.

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Accession number

  • 1644