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  1. J. G. Tremlett

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IN a further tribute to John Gerald Tremlett (VR, May 14, 2016, vol 178, p 507), Leith Andrews, Chris Schermbrucker and Jim Scudamore write: John Tremlett was born in St Peter Port, Guernsey, in 1923, the eldest of three sons of Jack and Catherine Tremlett. He was six months old when he travelled with his parents on their return to Tanganyika, now Tanzania, where his father worked for the newly established veterinary department. Thus began his love of Africa. By 1931 the family had moved to Mwanza, on Lake Victoria, and it was from there that John left to start his formal education at King's School, Bruton, in Somerset. His lifelong love of sports developed and, when he left in 1941, he was captain of the school's first rugby, cricket and hockey teams and head of school. He joined the Officers' Training Corps and, after 1939, the Home Guard.

In January 1942 he enlisted in the Royal Scots and sailed out to India. By 1943 he was in the EA Infantry Brigade Transport Company, part of the East African Army Service Corps stationed in Ceylon. They were camped at Boossa Camp near Galle and John was thrilled to revisit the camp in 2006, now the headquarters of the Southern Command of the Sri Lanka Army and Navy. He was involved in the Burma campaign as a platoon commander from 1944 to April 1945 and was awarded the Burma Star.

Following demobilisation in January 1946 he was accepted by the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh, for the course beginning in October that year. He always felt very fortunate that the Dick reviewed applications annually and ex- servicemen were given some preference. He started playing cricket and hockey again and captained …

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