Online Zoom Meeting - Frontline medic - Captain George Pirie, RAMC by Michael Lucas
Captain Pirie was Regimental Medical officer from May to September 1915 with the Hampshire’s then Royal Fusiliers, 29th Division, on Gallipoli, where he was wounded. He was then RMO on the Western Front with 9th Btn East Surrey Regt, 24th Division from December 1915, to his death in July 1917. He was twice Mentioned in Dispatches.
One of his fellow officers Captain R C Sherriff in the 9th Btn, who later achieved fame as an author and playwright (Journey’s End, 1928) mentioned Pirie in his diary: One day Captain Pirie - the Doctor of the Battalion, came down to see us, bringing a ray of sunshine with him. He was a dear, lovable little man, sympathetic, kind, human, everything a good man could be.
George Pirie was killed in action on 24 July 1917, his 29th birthday, at Larchwood, just south of Hill 60. He is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery at Dickebusch, Belgium, and is commemorated on the St Andrew’s College War Memorial.
This online talk is open to all. You do not have to be a member of the Western Front Association to join this online meeting. Details of how to join the meeting using Zoom are in Andy Thompson’s August Update email sent out to everyone on our email list. If you don’t receive Andy’s emails contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael’s talk starts at 8.00 pm but you can join the Zoom meeting at any time after 07.30 pm to chat to other attendees or to just listen in.
Michael is the author of the book "Frontline Medic - Gallipoli, Somme, Ypres: The diary of Captain George Pirie, R.A.M.C. 1914-17".