Derham, Alfred Plumley (1891-)

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Derham, Alfred Plumley, (CBE, MC) (1891-1962)
Derham, Alfred Plumley (1891-1962)
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Soldier; Physician; Medical practitioners; Army officers; Pediatricians
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Francis Plumley Derham (1885-1957), soldier and lawyer, and Alfred Plumley Derham (1891-1962), soldier and physician, were born on 15 May 1885 and 12 September 1891 at Camberwell, Melbourne, first and...

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Alfred Derham joined the 5th Battalion of Australian Imperial Force in 1914 and was appointed assistant director of medical services during the second world war (1941). On the day he landed in Gallipoli (25 April 1915) Derham was wounded, but continued to work tirelessly refusing to be evacuated until five days later. He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) for this gallant effort. Derham returned to Australia in 1917 to complete his medical training. During the 1920s he started up a private practice in Melbourne and specialised in treating children's diseases. He was also appointed honorary physician at the Children's Hospital and commanded field-ambulances in the Militia during the 1930s. When war broke out again, Alfred Derham was sent to Malaysia, then Singapore. In 1942 he was imprisoned in the Changi prisoner-of-war camp for six months and this lead to a major decline in his health. He returned to Australia in 1945 and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

  • Career position - Enlisted and posted to 5th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
  • Career position - Platoon Commander with the AIF in Gallipoli
  • Career position - Transferred to the 2nd Brigade of the AIF
  • Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Private practice established in Melbourne
  • Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Field-Ambulance Commander in the Militia with the Australian Army Medical Corps
  • Career position - Colonel and Assistant Director of Medical Services at the 8th Division
  • Career position - Assistant Director of Medical Services for the AIF
  • Career position - Served in Malaysia and Singapore
  • Life event - Imprisoned (six months) in Changi prisoner-of-war camp in Singapore
  • Life event - Returned to Melbourne
  • Career position - AIF appointment terminated

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A.P. Derham was born on 12 September 1891, younger son of Thomas Plumley and Ellen Derham. He was educated at Camberwell Grammar School, Scotch College and the University of Melbourne. 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 he entered the A.A.M.C. but the war ended before he could return to Europe. After employment as medical officer at Point Nepean Quarantine Station he was appointed in 1920 Honorary Physician to Out-patients at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne, and to In-patients in 1935. He was also director of the R.S.L. Children's Health Bureau from its inception in 1933 and Medical Officer of the City of Kew. Meanwhile he served with the A.A.M.S. rising to the rank of Colonel before the outbreak of war. In 1940 he became Assistant Director of the Medical Service and left for Singapore. After capitulation he and his eldest son Thomas were prisoners-of-war. On release in 1945 he resumed civilian practice but ill-health obliged him to retire in 1955. He died in 1962.

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A.P. Derham was born on 12 September 1891, younger son of Thomas Plumley and Ellen Derham. He was educated at Camberwell Grammar School, Scotch College and the University of Melbourne. 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 he entered the A.A.M.C. but the war ended before he could return to Europe. After employment as medical officer at Point Nepean Quarantine Station he was appointed in 1920 Honorary Physician to Out-patients at the Children's Hospital, Melbourne, and to In-patients in 1935. He was also director of the R.S.L. Children's Health Bureau from its inception in 1933 and Medical Officer of the City of Kew. Meanwhile he served with the A.A.M.S. rising to the rank of Colonel before the outbreak of war. In 1940 he became Assistant Director of the Medical Service and left for Singapore. After capitulation he and his eldest son Thomas were prisoners-of-war. On release in 1945 he resumed civilian practice but ill-health obliged him to retire in 1955. He died in 1962.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Derham, Alfred Plumley
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Derham, Francis Plumley (1885-1957) and Alfred Plumley (1891-1962)
    Grey, Jeffrey
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 13, 618-619
  3. Alfred Derham: a Tale of Two Wars
    Anderson, Fay
    Published: 2000
    Series: Australasian Science, 21, 2, 46

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