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Dulwich College Roll of Honour
Royal Army Medical Corps.
Born October 13, 1895. He was the second
of the four sons of our fonner Master, the
late Rev. A. H. Gilkes. He was in the
First XI, for two years in the Second XV,
and a boarder in Ivyholme. On outbreak
of the First Great War he joined the
H.A.C. and in September 1915 took a
commission in the 21st Battalion (1st
Surrey Rifles) London Regiment. He was
for a time assistant adjutant and also
brigade intelligence officer. He was awarded
the M.C. in November 1917, and this was
followed in 1918 with three Bars-there
were only three instances of this outstand–
ing distinction in the whole course of the
war. He was wounded during the German
offensive in the spring of 1918. His bravery
was proverbial and was of the finest type,
that which overcomes fear. He possessed all the best qualities that a
man can have. After the war he went up to Christ Church, Oxford, and
studied medicine. On coming down he went to St. Bart's Hospital
and qualified in 1922. He then took a commission in the R.A.M.C.,
which he resigned after a year and went out to Northern Rhodesia as
medical officer on a ranch. In September 1924 he came home and
after a period on the staff of the General Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, he
was appointed to the Colonial Medical Service and served in Northern
Rhodesia from 1925 to 1936, when he went to Trinidad as assistant
surgeon-general until 1940. He then went out to Uganda as deputy–
director of medical services and on the outbreak of hostilities was
lent to the R.A.M.C. with the rank of colonel. In 1943 he was appointed
principal medical officer in British Somali land and he did much in .re–
establishing the medical services in the former Italian Somaliland and
then in British Somaliland, which had suffered neglect in the pre-war
years and the upset caused by the Italian occupation. He had en–
deared himself to the inhabitants of Somaliland by his sincere cham–
pionship of their cause and there is no doubt that he will be greatly
missed by all classes of the community in the Protectorate. He was the
author of two books entitled" Black" and" The Unclean Spirit".
His death on July
1945, was the result of a flying accident at Jibuti
on the eve of his departure for home on leave and it is inexpressibly sad
that such a splendid life should have been ended in such an unfortunate