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Joseph Aloysius O'Flynn Surgeon Rear Admiral and was Honorary Physician to King George VI (Albert) from 1946-1948
Joseph Aloysius O'Flynn
Photo of Joseph in a particularly notable uniform as it was especially devised for his position as Commander during the war and is a combination of British Army and Royal Navy uniforms as the amphibious vehicle unit he was commanding was a collaboration between the two. Photos of him and his medals and his sword. All separate photos.
Brief History of Joseph O'Flynn: Born on 7th Jan 1889 In Cork and what an interesting life he had. Joseph was educated at UCC and in 1911 he became a doctor with the GMC . A year later at the age of 25 on the 9th Nov 1912 this appeared in “The London Gazette”: Admiralty, 9th November, 1912. The under mentioned Acting Surgeons have been confirmed in the rank of Surgeon in His Majesty's Fleet: — Richard Mortimer Rowland Thursfield, B.A. Lovel Moss, M.B. Joseph Aloysius O'Flynn, M.B. James Percy Shorten. Etc Here is a taste of how his life in the military mixed with his private life as I know it. 1914 to 1918 he served in World War 1. He appears on the Navy List in 1914 in Marineschule Mürwik. Not sure what this is about as it’s a navy base in Germany...More work needed... 1914. Awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal 1925-1926; anti-malarial research at RN Base, Singapore 16th Dec 1927 arrived in London on board a passenger ship called the Macedonia form Yokohama, . In Dec 1929 he married Lynda Avis Lilian Leonard a nursing sister on her wedding cert in St Matrin’s London. 11 Sept 1930 There son Michael was born at the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar? Gosport, UK. 1932 they had an address in Greenwich, England 1932-1933; diphtheria immunisation research 10th Jan 1935 there son Tim was born at the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar? Gosport, Sussex, UK. 1935 King George V Silver Jubilee Medal. King George V Silver Jubilee Medal, which commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Kings coronation. In general, this medal was awarded to the Royal Family, officers of state, officials and servants of the royal household, ministers, government officials, mayors, public servants, local government officials, members of the navy, army, air force and police in Britain, her colonies and Dominions.There were 85000 issued. 1937 King George VI Coronation Medal while on the ship Victoria Albert. 90000 issued 31 Dec 1937 New Years Eve. The whole family landed in London on a ship called the Ranchi from Hong Kong. I don’t know how long they lived there. 1938-1940; in charge of RN Infirmary, Deal 1939-1945; World War II 1940-1942; HMS GLENDOWER (is not a ship!!) It was a recruitment assessment camp for the Royal Navy during world war II, the camp was in North Wales at a Butlins holiday camp at Pwllheli. 1942-1944; RN Hospital, Plymouth 1944-1946; RN Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt 1946-1948; The last service post held by Joseph was at RN Hospital Haslar from 1946-1948. In 1902 the hospital became known as the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar (abbreviated to RNH Haslar).In the 1940s, RNH Haslar set up the country's first blood bank to treat wounded soldiers from the Second World War. Sometime in career he was also honored with “The Most Noble Order of the Bath”. The Most Honorable Order of the Bath is mainly awarded to officers of the Armed Services, as well as to a small number of civil servants. Numbers may be increased in times of war or in the event of any military or civil action or service which merits 'peculiar honor or reward'. The Prince of Wales was made Great Master of the Order on 28th May 1975, second only to The Queen. The title of the Order is late medieval in origin. It arose from the ritual washing (inspired by the washing of baptism), a symbol of spiritual purification, which formed part of a knight's preparations for the conferment of knighthood. The honor was not conferred until the candidates had prepared themselves by various rituals designed to purify the inner soul by fasting, vigils and prayer, and cleansing themselves by bathing. 1946 to 1948 Honorary Physician to King George VI (Albert) 1948 He retired and moved to Australia.