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Barry, Adrian Michael (1911-1942)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.


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Details: Adrian Michael Barry (1911-1942), born 2 October 1911, son of Richard Alan Barry (Old Shirburnian) and of Gladys Isabel Barry (nee Vander Byl), of Fransch Hoek, Cape Province, South Africa. Godson of G.M. Carey.


Attended Mount Royal school, Claremont, Cape Province.


Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1925-July 1930.


Attended Pembroke College, Cambridge; Fearnsides Scholar, 1937; Elmore Studentship, 1938; M.B., B. Chir.; double first Pathology (Cantab.); Gold Medallist University College Hospital.


WW2, Surgeon Lieutenant, HMS Punjabi, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). Killed on active service in HMS Punjabi while on convoy duty in the North Sea on 1 May 1942, aged 30.


Commemorated at:

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, Panel 76, Column 3,%20ADRI...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1942: 'Dr A.M. Barry (b 1925-30), who was reported missing, presumed killed, on May 1st, was born in Johannesburg, educated at Sherborne and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he took part II at the natural science tripos in 1933. He was elected Foundress Scholar, also holding an E.G. Fearnsides scholarship for research on the organic diseases of the nervous system, and acted as supervisor in pathology before taking his medical degree in 1937. He was house-physician at Addenbrooke's, Elmore student at U.C.H. and Walter Dixon student of the R.M.A. After a short appointment at the R.N. Hospital, Greenwich, he continued his work on nervous diseases at Queen Square, also coaching students at Cambridge. In 1939 he was appointed to a research lectureship at Witwatersrand University, intending to return to England should hostilities break out, but permission being refused by the South African government he resigned and joined the Royal Navy at Simonstown, serving on 'Carnarvon Castle' and 'King George V' until at his own urgent request he was transferred to a destroyer. Barry, writes a medical friend and contemporary, had a keen intellect with a capacity for concentration. He was an exceptionally good teacher, and his contribution to any discussion or meeting he attended was able and apposite. His directness of manner and a certain intolerance of conventional method might have prevented his attaining the highest academic positions, for which he undoubtedly had the ability. Always a diverting companion, his frank laugh and caustic comment were at times disconcerting.'

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