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Simons, John Antoine (1900-1971)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/125
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Simons, John Antoine (1900-1971)
Date(s): 1927-1960s
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Simons | John Antoine | 1900-1971 | surgeon
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Administrative/Biographical history:

John Simons, OBE, MRCS, LRCP, JP (1900-1971) studied medicine at Guy's Hospital, London, after being invalided out of the Regular Army during the First World War. He qualified in 1925 and spent several years in the Sudan Medical Service,during which time he was Chief Medical Officer, Kordofan Province, retiring in 1931. His subsequent career as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon, first at the London ENT Hospital and from 1936 at Crowborough Hospital in Kent, was interrupted by distinguished service in the Second World War, with the Phantom reconnaissance unit and later as senior medical officer, 1 Tank Brigade, and Commanding Officer, 220 Field Ambulance, in North Africa, Italy and Germany. Died 1971.


Scope and content/abstract:

John Simons papers, comprising an annual report, handing-over files, etc., Sudan Medical Service, Kordofan Province, 1927-1931; copy of memoir of Second World War service in North Africa and Italy; papers relating to the Parachute Field Ambulance and description of return of GOC, British Troops in Hong Kong after end of Second World War.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged as follows: A. Papers regarding the Sudan Medical Service B. Memoirs relating to Second World War service in North Africa and Italy C. Miscellaneous papers, relating to Parachute Field Ambulance and return of GOC British Troops in Hong Kong after Second World War.

Conditions governing access:

Open. The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Wellcome Library online catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Simons's grandson, Mr Rowan Simons, gave the file of papers from the Sudan (GC/125/A), in which was enclosed the file about airborne operations (GC/125/C) to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre (now Archives and Manuscripts, Wellcome Library) in 1990. At the same time it was agreed that the CMAC could make copies of the memoirs (GC/125/B) and of a piece about the administration of the Sudan Medical Service (GC/125/A/1) which was in a bundle of descriptive works by Simons. The Simons family retained the memoirs and the descriptive writings; the former have also been copied by the Imperial War Museum. Acquired 03/09/1990.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled from Wellcome Library online catalogue by Barbara Ball.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
September 2008

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