Alan Reay

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Sir Alan Reay
Birth name Hubert Alan John Reay
Born (1925-03-19)19 March 1925
Hednesford, Staffordshire, England
Died 4 February 2012(2012-02-04) (aged 86)
Buried at East Sheen Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1949-1985
Rank Lieutenant General
Service number 406929[1]
Unit PhpYyaenh.gif Royal Army Medical Corps

Lieutenant General Sir Hubert Alan John Reay, KBE, FRCP, CStJ (19 March 1925 – 4 February 2012) was a senior British Army officer. He served as Director General Army Medical Services between 1981 and 1984.

Early life[edit]

Reay was born on 19 March 1925 in Hednesford, Staffordshire. His father, a chaplain, had been awarded the Military Cross during World War I.[2] He was educated at Lancing College, a then all-boys public school in the village of Lancing, West Sussex.[3] He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1948 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB).[4]

Military career[edit]

On 23 October 1949, as part of national service, Reay was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps with the rank of lieutenant. He was promoted to captain on 23 October 1950.[5][6] On 23 November 1949, he transferred from the National Service List to the regular army on a short service commission.[7] His first posting was as a Regimental Medical Officer attached to 1st Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment in the Federation of Malaya[2] during the Malayan Emergency.[8] By April 1952, he was a temporary major.[9] He transferred to a regular commission on 26 November 1952 in the rank of captain.[10] He was promoted to substantive major on 23 October 1957.[11] He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 23 October 1962.[12]

He was promoted to colonel on 23 October 1972.[13] He was promoted to brigadier on 14 July 1976.[14] On 4 July 1977, he was appointed Commandant and Postgraduate Dean of the Royal Army Medical College and was granted the local rank of major general.[15] He was promoted to substantive major general on 1 August 1977.[16] In 1979, he was appointed Director of Medical Services BAOR.[17] He was promoted to lieutenant general on 7 April 1981 with seniority from 7 November 1980.[18] He served as Director General Army Medical Services from 1981 to 1984.[17]

He retired from the British Army on 25 February 1985.[19]

Later life[edit]

Reay served as chairman of Lambeth health care NHS trust between 1992 and 1997.[2]

He died on 4 February 2012, aged 86.[3] His funeral was held at St Mary's Church, Barnes, London on 24 February. He was buried at East Sheen Cemetery.[20]

Personal life[edit]

In 1960, Reay married Ferelith Deane. Together they had three sons and two daughters. One of their sons predeceased him.[2]

Honours and decorations[edit]

On 4 April 1952, it was gazetted that Reay had been Mentioned in Despatches "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Malaya, during the period 1st July to 31st December, 1951".[9]

He was appointed Officer of the Venerable Order of Saint John (OStJ) in December 1980,[21] and promoted to Commander of the Venerable Order of Saint John (CStJ) in May 1981.[18] In the 1981 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).[22]

Having been appointed Honorary Physician to the Queen (QHP) on 3 January 1976,[23] he was succeeded in the appointment on 25 February 1985.[24] On 5 May 1986, he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 217 (London) General Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps (Volunteers), a Territorial Army unit.[25] His tenure expired on 19 March 1990.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38768. p. 5596. 25 November 1949. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  2. ^ a b c d "Lieutenant-General Sir Alan Reay". The Telegraph. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Lieutenant General Sir Alan Reay: Soldier who fought cutbacks". The Guardian. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: DIRECTOR GENERAL ARMY MEDICAL SERVICES". Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps (127): 4–5. 1981. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39054. p. 5418. 31 October 1950. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39080. p. 5998. 1 December 1950. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38784. p. 5950. 16 December 1949. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  8. ^ "Lieutenant General Sir Alan Reay KBE FRCP Edin". Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  9. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39507. pp. 1880–1881. 1 April 1952. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39723. p. 6718. 19 December 1952. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 41209. p. 6181. 22 October 1957. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42813. p. 8268. 19 October 1962. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 12511. p. 45809. 24 October 1972. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47067. p. 15405. 15 November 1976. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  15. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47270. p. 9043. 11 July 1977. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47289. p. 9973. 1 August 1977. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  17. ^ a b "Lieutenant General Sir Alan Reay: Soldier who fought cutbacks". The Independent. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  18. ^ a b The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48606. p. 6631. 11 May 1981. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  19. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50059. p. 3467. 11 March 1985. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  20. ^ "REAY". Telegraph Announcements. The Telegraph. February 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  21. ^ The London Gazette: no. 48456. pp. 17522–17527. 18 December 1980. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  22. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48639. p. 5. 12 June 1981. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  23. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46807. p. 1289. 26 January 1976. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  24. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50066. p. 3885. 18 March 1985. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  25. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50515. p. 6486. 12 May 1986. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  26. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52254. p. 13854. 24 August 1990. Retrieved 2012-11-10.

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