Margaret O'Rourke Gallagher

Biography of Margaret O'Rourke Gallagher

Margaret O’Rourke Gallagher was born on 9th January 1888 in Blandford, Dorset. Her father, Patrick, worked as a Supervisor at the Inland Revenue. In 1908 she matriculated at the University of Glasgow, where her sister was already a student, to study medicine. At that time her home address was given as Glasdir, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.

Whilst at University in Glasgow she resided at 9 Wilton Crescent, North Kelvinside, and later at 27 Buckingham Terrace. Her sister Florence graduated MB ChB in 1909. It would take Margaret rather longer than usual to complete her course and she graduated in 1918, ten years after beginning her studies. By then she was thirty.

Her undergraduate record shows that there were absences. She did not matriculate for the sessions from 1909-1910 and 1911-1912. Her degree is a testimony to her determination, and she recorded some of the poorest grades in her year, notably in Finals, where she had to re-sit Surgery four times. On graduation in April 1918 she continued to show her metal, and signed up for the Royal Army Medical Corps in Egypt for the last few months of the war. Like many of her women classmates, she was prepared to put her skills to whatever use the government would make of them.

Margaret returned to Glasgow after the war and was again resident at 27 Buckingham Terrace, an address she shared with an older sister, Mary Theresa Gallagher, who like Florence and Margaret had also graduated MB ChB (1905), and was married to Samuel J Moore. By the 1930s, however, Margaret had returned to the family home in Wales. Later, she moved to Uxbridge, Middlesex, where she died in June 1940.



Margaret O'Rourke Gallagher
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MB ChB
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University of Glasgow Registry, Faculty and General Council Records

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