Palestine Arab Rebellion and Second World War France 1940 group awarded to Wing Commander H. Bannerman, Royal Air Force, a Medical Officer and qualified Surgeon, he saw service during the Arab Rebellion in Palestine with the RAF General Hospital for Palestine and Trans-Jordan at Sarafand, having initially come out to the Middle East as a Medical Officer with No.47 Bomber Squadron. During the Second World War he saw service in France from September 1939, and was based in the Champagne Country. With the German invasion of France and Low Countries, he was amongst the last to leave France in June 1940, being evacuated through Brest. A Wing Commander from January 1943, he was severely injured in a collision with an American army truck which was driving at night on the wrong side of the road, this left him disabled. He later practiced ophthalmology in Sunderland and Bristol.
Group of 4: General Service Medal 1918-1962, GVI 1st type bust, 1 Clasp: Palestine; (F/L. H. BANNERMAN. R.A.F.); 1939-1945 Star; Defence Medal; War Medal.
Condition: note rank on first missing last later ’T’ of rank for Lieutenant, this as issued, general light contact wear to first, Good Very Fine.
Hugh Bannerman was born on 9th October 1908 in Stanhope, Weardale, County Durham, and was educated in medicine at Durham University, and gained a Bachelor of Medicine, a Bachelor of Surgery, and a Diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery. After house jobs as a surgeon in Newcastle and then Greenwich, Bannerman, he was then commissioned as a Flying Officer (No.23150) into the Royal Air Force on 8th January 1933, seeing service with the Medical Branch.
Posted to the Medical Branch with the Central Flying School on 12th March 1934, he saw service with the Inland Area with No.23 Group and was stationed as RAF Wittering, near Peterborough, Nottinghamshire. Bannerman was promoted to Flight Lieutenant on 1st May 1934. On 1st February 1935 he was posted to the Medical Branch of No.47 Bomber Squadron, and was then posted with the body comprising Headquarters and three Flights to Khartoum in the Sudan, and from 2nd January 1936 was serving with the RAF General Hospital for Palestine and Trans-Jordan at Sarafand, and as such saw service during the Arab Rebellion.
Bannerman was then posted home as a supernumerary with No.1 R.A.F. Depot on 22nd November 1938, and saw service with No.24 Training Group at Uxbridge in Middlesex, where he was on the outbreak of the Second World War. Bannerman however then saw service in France from September 1939, being based prior to the German invasion of France and Low Countries in the Champagne country. He was then amongst the last to leave France in June 1940, being evacuated through Brest. Promoted to temporary Squadron Leader on 10th December 1941, and to temporary Wing Commander on 1st January 1943, he was confirmed in the rank of substantive Squadron Leader on 8th January 1943.
In 1944 Bannerman was severely injured in a collision with an American army truck which was driving at night on the wrong side of the road, this left him disabled. Promoted to Wing Commander on 1st October 1946, as of January 1950 he was the Director of Medical Services. Bannerman retired from the Royal Air Force Medical Branch on 1st June 1955, and having then returned to civil medicine, took up ophthalmology, and practiced initially in Sunderland and then in Bristol where he died on 1st March 2005