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QSA and Transport Medal to the same recipient 11 years 3 months ago #20

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These medals were awarded to Surgeon John Highet. The combination of the QSA and Transport Medal is unusual. He just needed the KSA to complete the set. I wonder how many such combinations there are?

Obituary from the BMA Journal, 27 January 1906:

Dr. John Highet of Troon, Ayrshire who died recently of pneumonia in his 55th year was a native of Troon. He was educated at Ayr Academy and afterwards at the University of Glasgow where he took the degree of MB in 1874, becoming Doctor of Medicine in 1886. With the exception of a short interval he was in practice in Troon for 30 years. He was Medical Officer of Health for the Burgh of Prestwick and at one time for Troon, he took a great interest in local affairs. About nine years ago his health broke down under the strain of his professional work and he left for Perth, where he remained for several years until his health was completely restored. Afterwards he served as a Civil Surgeon with the South African Field Force and was Medical Officer on the transports conveying Boer prisoners to Ceylon. On leaving the transports he was employed by the Government at Pretoria on hospital work. For his services in South Africa he received the Queen’s Medal with three clasps and the King’s Sea Transport Medal. Returning to Troon two years ago, he resumed practice and until the time of his death he was a familiar figure in the town. Of a bright and genial disposition, Dr. Highet loved a good story and his wide experience of life gave him an abundance of interesting material for conversation. He was also a man of some literary ability and contributions from his pen have, from time to time appeared in local newspapers. Dr. Highet has left a wife but no family.
Dr David Biggins

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