Hugh Llewelyn Glyn Hughes

The British physician Hugh Llewelyn Glyn Hughes was born on July 25, 1892 in Ventersburg/ South Africa as the son of a Welsh couple and grew up in Wales after the sudden death of his father in 1894. He studied medicine at University College Hospital in London and enlisted in the British Army immediately after the outbreak of World War I. After the end of the First World War, Hughes worked as a general practitioner, first in Chagford, Devon, and later in the London district of Kensington.

Shortly after the beginning of the Second World War, Glyn Hughes again enlisted in the army. After the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945, Glyn Hughes, as Senior Medical Officer and Brigadier, led the rescue and rehabilitation of the surviving camp inmates, supported by nine units of the RAMC, Royal Artillery, Royal Army Service Corps, American Field Service, Red Cross and United Nations staff.

Back in the UK, Glyn Hughes was instrumental in establishing the National Health Service and the Royal College of General Practitioners and was appointed Honorary Physician to the Queen of England. Glyn Hughes died in Edinburgh on 25 November 1973.

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