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BMJ. 2007 September 15; 335(7619): 569.
PMCID: PMC1976498

Albert Henry (“Harry”) Hands

In 1941 Albert Henry Hands (“Harry”) served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as medical officer to 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron, then equipped with Spitfires and stationed at Kenley. He was later posted to India and Ceylon and, with 136 Squadron, to the Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean, where a runway was established on the beach.

He was a keen and proficient cricketer and hockey player in his younger years, and enjoyed golf in his native Lancashire.

Warm-hearted and kind with a strong working ethos and an infectious enthusiasm, he retired at 71.

His last months were unavoidably peripatetic on various EMI units due to the effects of a frontal lobe dementia.

He leaves a wife, Joyce (also a doctor); two children (one a doctor); and two grandchildren.


Former chief medical adviser British Leyland (b 1916; q Liverpool 1939; MRCGP), d 25 April 2007.

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