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IN tribute to John Bleby, (VR, August 1, 2015, vol 177, p 131), Barrie Callaghan and Peter Lane write: With the passing away of John Bleby the veterinary profession has lost a most remarkable member. John was born in 1932 in Lowestoft where he grew up and he attended Lowestoft Grammar School. His family was well known in the town. His father was a school headmaster who had served as an army officer throughout the First World War and was a survivor of the trenches. One of John's proudest possessions was his father's service revolver, which he inherited, still with battlefield mud on the handle. His mother, a very compassionate lady, owned and ran a nursery/home for orphaned young children and babies with special needs. Thus, the family house was a large one with many children and three live-in nurses.

When John was young his father gave him two pieces of advice: you only get out of life what you put into it; and, do the world a good turn and you never know when it will do one for you. John took both pieces of advice very much to heart and always tried to live according to these precepts.

On leaving school, he joined the army in the Royal Corps of Signals for his compulsory two-year National Service. After his basic training he was selected for a possible commission and was posted to Mons Officer Cadet School, one of two officer cadet schools for national servicemen. There he found himself under the command of Regimental Sergeant Major Brittain of the Coldstream Guards who was reputed to have the loudest voice in the British army. Strict discipline was maintained but John was a smart soldier and for two months or so he avoided being caught out. One day on …

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