Papers of Belriso Olindo Porchetta, 1915-1978, medical graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Botany lecture notebooks, 1933-1934;
  • Graduation photograph, 1939.

Administrative / Biographical History

Belriso Olindo Porchetta was born in Dunoon on the 24 November 1915  . He was the oldest son of an Italian immigrant, Olindo Porchetta, a hairdresser in Dunoon. He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow from 1933-1939, graduating with an MB, Ch B in April 1939  . During his time at University he received the Carnegie Trust Grant. His first professional courses and examinations were in Botany (1933-1934), Zoology (1934-1935), Medical Physics (1934-1935) and Medical Chemistry (1933-1934). His second were in Anatomy (1934-1936) and Physiology (1935-1936). He then studied Materia Medica and Therapeutics (1936-1937) and Pathology (1936-1937). Belriso Olindo Porchetta took final examinations in Medical Jurisprudence (1937), Public Health (1937), Surgery (1939), Medicine (1939) and Midwifery (1939).

After qualifying he worked as House Surgeon and House Physician at Salford Royal Hospital, transferring to a hospital in Carlisle before joining the army at the beginning of the Second World War. He was a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was stationed in North Africa, Sicily and Italy between 1943 and 1945. He performed active service with the 98th General Hospital in Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. He was also attached to other units, namely, 96th General Hospital in Algiers in March 1943; 8th CCS in June 1943; 33rd General Hospital in Sicily Sept -Oct 1943; 11th Convalescent Depot, Sicily, Oct-Nov 1943, and the 54th General Hospital in Bari, Italy, Jan -April 1944. After the war he practised as GP in Bradford, Yorkshire. He died on the 19 August 1978  .

Sources: University of Glasgow student records; Imperial War Museum document description 06/39/1.

Marion Isabella MacNeill, born in 1913, graduated with an MA in 1933 from Glasgow University, Scotland. It is not clear why one of her notebooks is contained within this collection.


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Acquisition Information

Deposit : Diana Sellars : January 2007 : Accn 3010

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Custodial History

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Related Material

A Glasgow University blazer badge and a University dress scarf belonging to Belriso Olindo Porchetta deposited with the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow. The Imperial War Museum have two war diaries, see GB 62, Box Reference 06/39/1, Porchetta, Captain B O.

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Beckinsale, Archive Assistant, February 2007. Lower levels compiled by Sarah Beckinsale, Archive Assistant, February 2007. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Sarah Beckinsale, Archive Assistant, February 2007. Amendments made by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 15 January 2013.

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