Papers relating to military service

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1938, Dr Whitby was promoted to Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Territorial Army. On the outbreak of war, he was called up for active service, transferred to the Territorial Army (Commands and Staff) and appointed commanding officer of the Army Blood Transfusion Service. He was promoted to Brigadier in 1942 and conducted a tour of hospitals in North Africa the following year to meet with doctors to discuss their uses and requirements for blood and plasma etc. The development of the Army Blood Transfusion Service under Brigadier Whitby's command was described by Major-General Ogilvie in 1945 as "the greatest surgical advance of this war, more important even than penicillin".

Related Material

Academic papers re Army Blood Transfusion Service in WW2, DCPP/WHI/1