Sir Brian Herbert SWIFT

SWIFT, Brian Herbert

Service Number: SX10729
Enlisted: 1 November 1940, Wayville, South Australia
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 2nd/9th Australian General Hospital
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 2 February 1893
Home Town: Medindie, Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: St Peters College and Cambridge University
Occupation: Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Died: Medindie, South Australia, 19 May 1969, aged 76 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Hackney St Peter's College Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1916: Involvement British Army, Lieutenant, Unspecified British Units

World War 2 Service

1 Nov 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Major, SN SX10729, Australian Army Medical Corps (2/AIF), Wayville, South Australia
2 Nov 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Major, SN SX10729, Australian Army Medical Corps (2/AIF)
24 Jul 1943: Discharged 2nd AIF WW 2, Major, SN SX10729, 2nd/9th Australian General Hospital

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Biography contributed by Tom Turner

"Sir Brian Herbert Swift (1893-1969), obstetrician and gynaecologist,... was born on 2 February 1893 in Adelaide, second... of three sons of Harry Swift, a medical practitioner from England, and his South Australian-born wife Kate Marion Lilian, née Peacock. Their father, the first to describe erythrœdema ('the pink disease'), became dean of the faculty of medicine, University of Adelaide, in 1924. His sons attended the Collegiate School of St Peter. Brian studied elementary science for a year at the University of Adelaide before proceeding to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (B.A., 1914; M.B., B.Ch., 1916; M.A., M.D., 1936). On 2 August 1916 he was commissioned lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps. Twelve months later he was promoted captain. He served briefly in hospitals at Leith, near Edinburgh, and then on the Western Front. In 1918 he won the Military Cross for his 'splendid example of courage and determination' under enemy fire. He transferred to the Royal Air Force in September 1918.

After being demobilized from the air force on 23 October 1919, Swift returned to Adelaide where he entered general practice and set his sights on an appointment to the honorary staff of a public hospital. He worked as anaesthetist (from 1920) at the Adelaide Children's Hospital, as senior obstetrician (from 1922) at the Queen's Home (Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital) and as tutor (from 1924) in obstetrics at the University of Adelaide. In 1925 he travelled to Britain for further obstetric training and obtained a fellowship (1926) of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He also studied in Vienna, a 'Mecca' for gynaecologists in the 1920s. Back in Adelaide in 1928, he moved into specialist practice in obstetrics and gynaecology. Honorary senior obstetrician at the Queen's Home, he also held the posts of honorary assistant gynaecologist (1929-39) and honorary gynaecologist (1940-53) at (Royal) Adelaide Hospital. He convened the postgraduate medical committee of the South Australian branch of the British Medical Association and was elected (1931) a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons..." - READ MORE LINK (