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Having served in the RAMC for 37 years, Col Robin Jackson embarked on a personal visit to Singapore with the sole goal of seeing the former BMH Singapore now known as the Alexander Hospital. This was quite a poignant and personal visit for Col Robin not just because of the former BMH but also because his father, Capt Geoffrey Jackson RAMC was posted to BMH Singapore as a MO in 1953 and as such he also wanted to use the opportunity to pay his respect and that of the Corps at the hospital Memorial.

Whilst there, Col Robin was given a very comprehensive tour of the former BMH by a young man who works for the Alexandra Hospital. The main buildings of the BMH have been preserved and re-purposed, and his guide has spent several years creating a formidable archive of the BMH, so much so that he will be introduced to the Museum of Military Medicine (MMM).

His guide has also taken the trouble to learn Japanese to make himself available to the relatives of the Japanese who were killed during the conflict. Col Robin was told that the soldiers involved in the massacre were mainly conscripts from Okinawa, regarded then, and to an extent now, as a “colony” of Japan rather than part of the homeland, and were therefore serving under duress. Whilst this clearly does not excuse their actions, his guide has found that his work has enabled their relatives to come to terms with what happened.

In Col Robins words “It is fitting to realise that our comrades and their patients are gone, but certainly not forgotten”.

In a most poignant and personal moment, Col Robin was able to stand literally where his father had stood in 1953, thus a rather special moment for him.

The Association thanks Col Robin for his poignant deeds and sharing the details of his visit.

Nat Sec
Mar 24

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 25 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.