AUSTRALIAN MAJOR GENERAL A. J. CLYNE C.B.E Q.H.S. BSC MB BS FRSC FRACS FRACMA
Nine: CBE (Military), 1939/45 Star, Burma Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Queens Korea Medal, UN Korea Medal, GSM (GVI) with clasp “Malaya” and EII Coronation Medal. Queens Korea and GSM both correctly impressed “COL. A. J. CLYNE. STAFF”, All other medals un-named as issued.
Born in Melbourne Victoria 1907 and educated at the University High School in Melbourne before going onto study at the Melbourne University. During his study he was awarded the Keith Levi Memorial Scholarship in Medicine and later won the Jamieson Prize in Clinical Medicine.
1933 he become the Regional Medical Officer for the Melbourne Hospital.
Commissioned in the British Army R.A.M.C.in 1934
1935-46 serving in India, Assam and Burma as the Commanding Officer of the Indian C.C.S. (14th Army) and then as Commanding Officer of British Military Hospitals in Bombay and Delhi
During the period of 1950-56 he served in Korea in 1952 and as Consulting Surgeon F.E.L.F. in Malaya and then Hon. Consulting Surgeon for the Singapore General Hospital
Citation covering the period of July 1950 – 31 December 1953
“Col. CLYNE has held the appointment of consulting Surgeon to the Army in FFARELF for the past three and a half years. During this period of service he has personally carried out over five hundred major surgical operations in all parts of FARELF.
This officer has been quite indefatigable in carrying out his onerous duties. He insists on always being on call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, in case his services are required for a serious emergency operation. He has given much thought and time to the training of junior surgeons in order that the high standard which he has set himself can be maintained for the benefit of all troops and families.
Immediate departure to Malaya by air is a commonplace in his routine, in order that the highest skill available can be given to seriously wounded cases requiring immediate operation. The acknowledged surgical skill of this officer, combined with his kindly after care of patients, is a cherished memory for a great number of officers and men still serving in Malaya as well as for those who have departed to other commands.”
1956-59 saw him as the Consulting Surgeon H. Q. British Army of the Rhine and H.Q. Northern Army.
1959-60 Consulting Surgeon to HQ of the Middle East Land Forces in Cyprus
1960-67 he was Director General of Royal Australian Army Medical Services in which role he visited the troops in Vietnam and even performed surgery on the wounded. This period also saw him in the role as Honorary Surgeon to Her Majesty the Queen.
Ministry of Defence (Army) B.A.O.R. 1968-71
Note: FRCS; England 1949 (Fellow Royal College Surgeon’s)
FRACS; 1961 (Fellow Royal Australian College Surgeon’s)
FRACMA; (Fellow Royal Australian College Medical Administrator’s)
Comes with original portrait painting (see above) along with a large quantity of original paperwork and documents. Unfortunately, the family had no interest in claiming his Vietnam service medals or ADM making the group complete as issued. Very rarely does an Australian Generals medals appear on the market.
Good VF $5450