Surgeon Rear-Admiral William Wallace Keir

Biography of Surgeon Rear-Admiral William Wallace Keir

William Wallace Keir graduated MB ChB from the University in 1898, and became Surgeon Rear-Admiral of the British Royal Navy.

He was born in Shimla, India, son of William, a medical missionary of the Auxiliary Medical Services. Keir served as a medical officer on board several ships during and after the First World War, including minelayer Iphigenia, and hospital ships Rewa and China. Keir was made Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1918 and was a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. After the war, Keir was squadron medical officer of the First Battle Squadron and the Batlle cruiser Squadron, and was later in charge of the hospital ship Maine. He was later stationed in China where he was put in charge of the Hong Kong Naval Hospital.

In 1932 he was transferred to the Haslar Royal Naval Hospital, England. In 1934 he was appointed honorary surgeon to the King, retiring in 1935. He was also a recipient of the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935. Surgeon Rear-Admiral William Wallace Keir died on the 12th June 1949.


Surgeon Rear-Admiral William Wallace Keir
Rank: Surgeon Rear-Admiral
Regiment: Royal Navy
Degree: Mb ChB 1898
Awards: CMG 1918, Chevalier Legion d'Honneur
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Obituary: British Medical Journal, 9 July 1949, p109.

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