Old Camberwell Grammarians' Association

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Colonel Alfred Plumley Derham MC, OBE (1906)

Alfred Derham was awarded the Military Cross in 1915, The Order of the British Empire - Commander (Military) in 1946, and the Order of the British Empire – Commander (Civil) in 1948.

In August 1914, Derham interrupted his medical course to enlist in the A.I.F. After service in Egypt, Gallipoli (where he was wounded and awarded the M.C.), France and Belgium, he returned in 1917 to complete his degree. In 1918 Derham joined the A.A.M.C., but the war ended before he could return to Europe.

After working as a medical officer at Point Nepean Quarantine Station, Derham was appointed in 1920, Honorary Physician to Out-Patients at the Children's Hospital, and to In-Patients in 1935. Derham was also Director of the R.S.L. Children's Health Bureau from its inception in 1933, medical officer of the City of Kew, and he served with the A.A.M.S., where he rose to the rank of Colonel.

In 1940 Derham was appointed Director of the Medical Service and left for Singapore, where he was captured by the Japanese. He remained a prisoner of war with his eldest son Thomas, until 1945. After Derham's release he resumed civilian practice, but was obliged by ill health to retire in 1955.

(1891 – 1962)