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BMJ. 2007 July 21; 335(7611): 163.
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John William (“Jack”) Strain

Having started his working life in an architect's office, Jack Strain joined the Royal Air Force following the outbreak of war in 1939 and served with distinction. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for an operation which involved photographing enemy positions in El Alamein, in North Africa, during which his aircraft's hatch was blown away. After flying bombing missions in the Middle East he flew a number of special missions behind enemy lines. He was awarded the Polish Cross of Valour.

After the war Jack was able to pursue the career he had hankered after and gained entry to The London as an ex-serviceman. Following qualification and house jobs at The London (including working for Lord Evans) he returned to his native Egremont to join Edward Braithwaite, a fellow ex-student from The London, in general practice. Jack's father had been the Braithwaites' chauffeur. Their practice eventually merged with the Beech House practice.

Jack was a partner until 1980, when he joined British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) at Sellafield as a medical officer. He retired in 1986 but continued to work as a locum at the Beech House practice. General practice was his great love. He had no time for committees and devoted himself to seeing and visiting his patients.

A devout Catholic, he was heavily involved with the church and was awarded the Bene Merenti, for his work helping a group visit Lourdes.

He loved rugby and was honorary life president of Egremont Rugby Union Club, having served on the committee for a number of years.

His other great passion was fell walking, and he made sure all of his sons had been up Sca Fell pike by the time they were 7.

Jack is survived by his wife, Mary; five sons; and 10 grandchildren.


Former general practitioner Egremont, Cumbria, and medical officer Sellafield (b 1921; q The London Hospital 1953; DFM), died from metastatic carcinoma of the prostate on 29 April 2007.

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