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John Henry Prain medical practitioner1

M, #4028, b. 15 September 1914, d. 29 June 2010
Last Edited: 27 Dec 2020
  • Birth*: John Henry Prain medical practitioner was born on 15 September 1914 at Longforgan, Perthshire, Scotland, .2
  • (Groom) Marriage*: He married Joan Russell Taylor, daughter of James Russell Taylor jute manufacturer and Jean Sandeman, on 9 April 1941 at Butterburn Church, St Clement, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; after banns according to the forms of the Church of Scotland; John Henry Prain medical practitioner major Royal Army Medical Corps bachelor aged 26 residing Inglewood Invergowrie parents John Prain grain merchant (dec) and Williamina Campbell Prinn ms Macdonald; Joan Russell Taylor spinster aged 22 residing at Moncur Inchture parents James Russell Taylor jute manufacturer and Joan Taylor ms Sandeman; signed Lionel G R Williams minister of Butterburn Church, D McDonald Palm Grove Patons Lane Dundee & Jane Y S Taylor Moncur Inchture witnesses; registered JAnuary 10th at Dundee signed W H Phillip registrar.1
  • (Deceased) Death*: John Henry Prain medical practitioner died on 29 June 2010 at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , at age 95 PRAIN Peacefully, at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010, Dr John Prain, beloved husband of the late Joan, a dear father, grandfather, great-grandfather and father-in-law. Funeral service in Longforgan Parish Church on Wednesday, July 7th, at 12 pm., internment thereafter at Longforgan Churchyard, at 12.30pm., to which all family and friends are respectfully invited. Family flowers only, please, but donations, if desired, may be given at the church for Help for Heros.3,4
  • Obituary: The obituary of John Henry Prain medical practitioner was was published on 3 July 2010 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, . Death of consultant Dr John Prain
    DR JOHN Prain, a retired consultant pathologist and lifetime Longforgan resident, has died aged 95.
    Born in Invergowrie, Dr Prain was educated at the village primary school and Morgan Academy and gained his medical degree with distinction at the then Dundee University College.
    After a staff appointment at Maryfield Hospital he took up a military post at the War Office. At the outbreak of the second world war he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and was involved in the Dunkirk evacuation.
    Dr Prain, then a colonel, was captured in the Middle East and taken to a POW camp in Italy. He escaped after the Italians surrendered but was recaptured by the Germans.
    He was on the march of prisoners across Europe and was eventually liberated by the Russians, serving as a medic with the Red Army during the final weeks of the conflict.
    On his return to Scotland, he commanded 153 Field Ambulance (TA) in Dundee and was the director of medical services for the Highland Division between 1953-1959.
    In 1959, he was appointed as honorary physician to the Queen following his service in the Territorial Army.
    He took up a position as consultant pathologist for Perth and its surrounding hospitals in the early 50s and worked in the laboratory at Perth Royal Infirmary until his retirement in the early 1980s.
    Dr Prain and wife Joan built a house in Station Road, Longforgan, in 1954 and remained there for the rest of their lives.
    On his retirement, Dr Prain became chair of the Moncur Trust, a charity that donates thousands of pounds to local causes every year. He was involved with the organisation for 15 years. A proud Longforgan resident, Dr Prain was for many years an active member of the community council.
    He was also a keen angler and golfer and a member of Balruddery Curling Club.
    Mrs Prain died last December, just a matter of weeks before the couple were due to celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary.
    Dr Prain is survived by children Iain and Marjory, two grandchildren and one great- grandson.5
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: He and James Kinnear Adamson teacher, Georgina Key tailoress, Alexander Miller chiropodist, Kate Nicolson shirt maker, Marion Conway Miller obstetrician & gynaecologist, George Harvey Smith, James Kinnear Adamson MA and Rev James Munn MA minister Mariners', St Pauls 1937-1952 were mentioned in a newspaper article about Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician and Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister on 1 July 1950. Dundee Church Wedding
    The wedding took place to-day in Paul's Church, Dundee, of Dr. Douglas George Adamson younger son of Mr and Mrs James Adamson, 20 East Haddon Road and Miss Catherine Nicolson Miller second daughter of Mr and Mrs Alexander Miller, 25 Perth Road.
    The bride was given away by her father. She wore a gown of white French lame with sleeves and yoke of white lace. The skirt was topped by shirred bodice, hand embroidered silk net veil fell from an orange blossom head-dress and she carried a bouquet of pale pink roses and white heather.
    Dr Marion C. Miller (bride's sister), and eight-year-old M. Lilian Bell (groom's niece); who attended Miss Miller, both wore dresses of white taffeta under white net. Dr Miller's gown featured a peplum and bodice with a heart-shaped neckline. The little girl's was trimmed with lovers' knots and rosebuds in pink and mauve to match both bouquets and head-dresses.
    Best man was Dr George H. Smith, ushers, were Dr John H. Prain and Mr James K. Adamson, jun., and A. Morrisison Reid.
    The ceremony was conducted by Rev James Munn, assisted by Rev. James Mackay. The reception was in Kidd’s Rooms.6
  • (Witness) Photograph: John Henry Prain medical practitioner is in this photograph taken circa 1958 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician, Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister.7
  • (Spouse) Death: His spouse Joan Russell Taylor died in December 2009.5
  • Newspaper Article*: John Henry Prain medical practitioner was mentioned in a newspaper article PRAIN the family of the late Dr John Prain would like to express their sincere thanks to all relatives, neighbours and friends for kind expressions of sympathy and support at this sad time. A special thanks to staff at Nonewells Hospital, Rev J Bruce Thomson and all those who paid their last respects at the church and graveside and gave such generous donations for Help the Heros amounting to £730. on 13 July 2010.8

Education

  • (Witness) Ed Photograph: John Henry Prain medical practitioner is in this photograph taken in 1932 at Morgan Academy, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, , along with Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician, Margaret Barrie Fowler MA hons, teacher.7
    Douglas Adamson 2nd back row, middle
    John Prain 2nd back row, 3rd from left
    Margaret Fowler 2nd front row, 4th from right
  • (Witness) Ed Newspaper Article: John Henry Prain medical practitioner were mentioned in a newspaper article about Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician and Margaret Barrie Fowler MA hons, teacher on 30 June 1933. MORGAN ACADEMY
    PRIZE-GIVING " Buy up your opportunities," was the message of Rev. T. & Taylor to the pupils of the Morgan Academy.
    Mr Garnet Wilson, convener of the Education Committee, presided.
    Mr Taylor said that those coming back to school would have lots of opportunities, and he advised them not to throw them away, but to try to buy them up. To those going to the university he said, "Don't lose time sitting down to make up your mind what opportunity you are going to grasp. Those who were going out into the world to find posts he advised to seize their opportunities, buy them up, and make the most of what they had.
    Owing to the unavoidable absence of Mrs T. S. Taylor, Miss Taylor presented the medals and prizes.
    Dr Leighton, the rector, remarked that they were in the unusual position of having a boy and girl equal for the dux medal, but they were able to give esch a medal through the added kindness of the Corporation of Dundee,
    The Prize-List
    House Championship trophy presented by Boys' and Girls Literary Societien) - Cortachy
    Dux Medal presented by Dundee Corporation) David A Dundas, Margaret B. Fowler (equal)
    ...
    French presented by Armitated Trustens) Margaret Fowler.
    ...
    British Association Medals - ... Physics and theme Douglas G. Adamaon.
    ...
    Medal for German presented by Dr Robert Miller)-Margaret B. Fowler
    ...
    Sports Champion ships ... Boys Senior-Douglas G. Adamson
    ...
    Rugby Football- Caps were awarded to Douglas Adamson... John Prain
    ...
    Miss Taylor received a beautiful bunch of pink carnations at the hands of Miss Margaret Fowler, the dux.
    A Record Dr Leighton remarked that 70 candidates had gained the leaving certificate, while four results had still to come. At any rate, 70 was a record in the school's history.
    A musical programme was sustained by the pupils. Solos were given by William Bell and Constance Drysdale. Quartettes were rendered by Alison Watts, Muriel Forsythe, James Ireland, and John Calligan. Miss H. M. Milne was conductor of the choir, and the accompanists were Miss Isobel Archer and Miss Evelyn Reid. Senior I. girls, under Miss Chalmers, gave two verse speaking numbers.
    Votes of thanks were proposed by Councillor D. R. Kidd und Very Rev. Dean Jobberns, while an innovation was made when Miss Fowler, in a neat little speech, thanked the school staff.9
  • Education*: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician was educated on 11 June 1936; ST ANDREWS 'VARSITY PASSES
    Degree Examinations
    The following results of degree examinations at St Andrews University were announced yesterday :
    ...
    THIRD M.B., Ch.B. EXAMINATION ...
    Materia Medica :-Douglas G. Adamson... John H. Prain... George H. Smith.10
  • Education: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician was educated on 12 June 1936; ST ANDREWS 'VARSITY
    PASSES Degree Examinations
    The following results of degree examina tions at St Andrews University were announced yesterday
    ...
    THIRD M.B., Ch.B. EXAMINATION.
    The following candidates have passed in pathology-Douglas Adamson... John H. Prain... George H. Smith (with merit.)11
  • Education: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician was educated on 13 June 1936; THIRD M.B. Ch.B. EXAMINATION.
    The following candidates have passed in Materia Medica:
    Douglas G. Adamson... John H. Prain... George H. Smith
    ...
    The following have passed in Pathology -
    Douglas G. Adamson... John H. Prain ... George H. Smith (with merit.)12
  • Education: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician was educated on 15 June 1936; DEGREE EXAMS RESULTS
    St Andrews University
    Passes Results of degree examinations of St Andrews University are announced as follow :
    ...
    Third M.B., Ch.B. The following candidates have passed in bacteriology :-Douglas G. Adamson... John H Prain... George H. Smith.13
  • Education: Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician was educated on 20 June 1936; THIRD M.B., Ch.B. EXAMINATION.
    ...
    Bacteriology-The following candidatos have passed - Douglas G. Adamson... John H. Prain... George H. Smith.14
  • Graduation*: John Henry Prain medical practitioner graduated on 5 July 1938 at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, ; MBChB University St Andrews; Inglewood, Invergowrie, Dundee.15

Military Service

  • Military Service: John Henry Prain medical practitioner served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1938 GRADATION LIST OF REGULAR OFFICERS HOLDING SHORT SERVICE COMMISSIONS ONLY.

    PRAIN,JohnHenry,M.B.Born15/9/14.R.A.M.C.(S.S.C.)Lt.(onprob.)1/9/38.16
  • Military Service: John Henry Prain medical practitioner served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1939 GRADATION LIST OF REGULAR OFFICERS HOLDING SHORT SERVICE COMMISSIONS ONLY.
    PRAIN,JohnHenry,M.B.Bom15/9/14.R.A.M.C.(S.S.C.)Lt.1/9/38.17
  • Military Service*: John Henry Prain medical practitioner served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1941 GRADATION LIST OF REGULAR OFFICERS HOLDING SHORT SERVICE COMMISSIONS ONLY.

    PRAIN,JohnHenry,M.B.Born15/9/14.R.A.M.C.(S.S.C.)Lt.1/9/38.Capt.1/9/39(1/8/40).(actg.Maj.20/12/40to19/3/41;temp.Maj.20/3/41).18
  • Military Service POW*: John Henry Prain medical practitioner served with the Royal Army Medical Corps on 28 May 1942 at Expeditionary Force, Middle East, Reported missing 24 June 1942
    First name(s)     J H
    Last name     Prain
    Year     1942
    Capture year     1942
    Service number     77373
    Rank     Major
    Rank as transcribed     Maj
    Regiment     Royal Army Medical Corps
    Regiment as transcribed     Royal Army Medical Corps
    Theatre of war     Middle East
    Archive reference     WO 417/3
    PIece description     Casualty Lists - Officers and Nurses 801 - 1000
    Archive     
    The National Archives
    Record set     British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945
    Category     Military, armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory     Second World War
    Collections from     Great Britain, UK None.19
  • Prisoner of War: John Henry Prain medical practitioner was held as a Prisoner of War after 28 May 1942 at Camp no 344 Stalag Lamsdorf, Expeditionary Force Middle East, Germany/Poland, , PoW number 1263 Regimental number 77373, Regiment Royal Army Medical Corps rank major

    First name(s)     J. H.
    Last name     Prain
    Service number     77373
    Rank     Major
    Regiment     Royal Army Medical Corps
    Year     -
    Prison camp or ship     Lamsdorf
    Camp type     STALAG
    Camp number     344
    Camp location     Lamsdorf
    Country     Great Britain
    Conflict     World War 2
    Archive     -
    Record set     Prisoners Of War 1715-1945
    Category     Military, armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory     Regimental & Service Records
    Collections from     Great Britain, UK None.20,21,22
  • Prisoner of War: He was held as a Prisoner of War on 24 June 1942 at Camp no 8B, Germany, Regimental number 77373, POW number 1263 Regiment Royal Army Medical Corps rank major.20,23
  • Military Service POW: John Henry Prain medical practitioner served with the Royal Army Medical Corps on 24 June 1942 at Expeditionary Force, Middle East, Prisoner of War previously reported missing 24 June 1942
    First name(s)     J H
    Last name     Prain
    Year     1942
    Capture year     1942
    Service number     77373
    Rank     Major
    Rank as transcribed     Maj
    Regiment     Royal Army Medical Corps
    Regiment as transcribed     Royal Army Medical Corps
    Theatre of war     Middle East
    Archive reference     WO 417/3
    PIece description     Casualty Lists - Officers and Nurses 801 - 1000
    Archive     
    The National Archives
    Record set     British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945
    Category     Military, armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory     Second World War
    Collections from     Great Britain, UK None.19
  • Prisoner of War: John Henry Prain medical practitioner was held as a Prisoner of War in 1945 at Camp no H229, Italy, Regimental number 77373, POW number not given Regiment Royal Army Medical Corps rank major.24
  • Military Service POW: John Henry Prain medical practitioner served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1945 at Expeditionary Force Middle East, Italy, Previously reported Prisoner of War in German Hands (Germany) now not Prisoner of War
    First name(s)     J H
    Last name     Prain
    Year     1945
    Service number     77373
    Rank     Acting Major
    Rank as transcribed     T/Maj
    Regiment     Royal Army Medical Corps
    Regiment as transcribed     Royal Army Medical Corps
    Archive reference     WO 417/9
    PIece description     Casualty Lists - Officers and Nurses 1745 - 1947
    Archive     
    The National Archives
    Record set     British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945
    Category     Military, armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory     Second World War
    Collections from     Great Britain, UK None.19

Notes

  • (Witness) Note for Web: John Henry Prain medical practitioner and Dr Douglas George Adamson MBChB MD FRCP consultant physician were mentioned with Catherine Nicolson Miller nursing sister and Joan Russell Taylor. John Prain was in the same class as Douglas Adamson at Morgan Academy Dundee. Douglas Adamson married Catherine Nicolson Miller who is a third cousin once removed to Joan Taylor, John Prain's wife. This relationship was only discovered in December 2006 when the family tree was being complied and Kay (Catherine) Adamson made the connection.25
  • Note for Web: John Prain was in the same class as Douglas Adamson at Morgan Academy Dundee. Douglas Adamson married Catherine Nicolson Miller who is a third cousin once removed to Joan Taylor, John Prain's wife. This relationship was only discovered in December 2006 when the family tree was being complied and Kay (Catherine) Adamson made the connection in December 2006.26

Citations

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  8. [S99] Unknown author Newspaper item "Perthshire Advertiser 13 July 2010 [Apr 2019]."
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    Title: Half-Yearly Army List For 31 Dec 1938
    Quarter: 4
    Year: 1938
    Image number: 741
    Image count: 1188
    Record set: British Army, Army Lists 1839-1946
    Category: Military, armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory: Directories & almanacs
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    Title: Half-Yearly Army List For 31 Dec 1939
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    Year: 1939
    Image number: 764
    Image count: 1206
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    Title: Half-Yearly Army List For 31 Dec 1941
    Quarter: -
    Year: 1941
    Image number: 879
    Image count: 1354
    Record set: British Army, Army Lists 1839-1946
    Category: Military, armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory: Directories & almanacs
    Collections from: Great Britain, UK None [Jun 2020].
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    British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945 [Jun 2020].
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    Prisoners Of War 1715-1945 [Jun 2020].
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