Donald McGavin

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Major General Sir Donald Johnstone McGavin CMG DSO (19 August 1876 – 8 May 1960) was a New Zealand surgeon, army health administrator and medical administrator. He was born in Chatham, Kent, England. He qualified as a Doctor of Medicine in 1901.

Johnstone then joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a civilian surgeon, serving in Natal during the Boer War. He then moved to New Zealand and started practicing as a surgeon in Wellington, and later became a volunteer medical officer, serving in World War I. Following the war, he served as Director-General of Medical Services from 1919 to 1924, and as a medical advisor to the Minister of Defence during World War II.[1] He was knighted in the 1921 Birthday Honours.[2]

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[3]


  1. ^ Blair, Ross D. "Donald Johnstone McGavin". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "No. 13745". The Edinburgh Gazette. 23 September 1921. p. 1568. 
  3. ^ "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. CXIX (105). 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 13 September 2015.