Maag, Alfons (2/7/1866 - 26/1/1933)

Born Edinburgh, Germany on 2/7/1886 he graduated from the University in Stuttgart in 1908. In 1914 he came to South Africa as a Government Veterinary Officer under the German Government, but was dismissed from his post when the country was captured by the South African Forces in 1915. From 1915 to 1919 he was unemployed as a veterinarian, but greatly assisted with the flue epidemic. For his work in this epidemic he was awarded the Red Cross Medal. In 1922 he, Schmid and Sigwart were appointed in the South West Africa administration and it is interesting to note that these three veterinarians were the only former German officials to be so re-employed. After his appointment he was stationed at Gobabis until his health failed. He died from cancer in his home town in Germany on 26/1/1933.

 

MacDonald, Roderick (26/12/1874)

Born in Scotland on 26/12/1874 he qualified as a veterinarian at the University of Ontario Vet. College, Canada in 1891. In 1900 he came to South Africa as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department to take part in the Boer War. After the war he joined the volunteer corps in 1903 and after serving as a trooper in its ranks was promoted to Vety Lieutenant on 15/11/1907 and transferred to the East Rand Mounted Rifles (left wing of the Imperial Light Horse). In 1911 he was promoted to the rank of Captain in the Imperial Light Horse. He recorded that during the period 1/3/1901 to 31/5/1902 the Imperial Light Horse Regiment was "Rehorsed" 3 ¼ times.

 

MacFarlane, Ian Scott (10/3/1921 - 12/4/1978)

Born at Brakpan on 10/3/1921 he qualified as a veterinarian at the Veterinary Faculty Onderstepoort in 1949. After qualifying he worked for a while as an animal feed advisor to a private organisation and then from 1951 to 1955 was a dairy manager for a large estate in the Transvaal.

From 1956 to 1960 he was full time consultant and veterinary advisor to the Imperial Cold Storage organisation. In 1961 he returned to Onderstepoort and lectured at the Veterinary Faculty until 1975 when he resigned in favour of breeding American Aberdeen Angus cattle. He committed suicide at Irene on 12/4/1978.

 

MacIntyreJames Frank ( - 18/9/1934)

He qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 20/12/1901 and practiced in Grenock and Glasgow prior to World War I. During World War I he served for 3 years in the RAVC with the rank of Captain. In 1921 he arrived in South Africa and was stationed as a G.V.O. at Umtata. However, he subsequently resigned from the service due to ill health and thereafter settled in Durban where he practiced until his death on 28/9/1934. In Durban he took over the practice of T.L. Oldfield at 320 West Street which was vacated on the latter's death in ± 1921.

 

MacIntosh, William Lachlan Smith ( - 25/12/1969)

All that is known about him is that he qualified MRCVS (Edinburgh) on 17/7/1922 and that he was registered in south Africa and living at White River where he died on 25/12/1969.

 

MacNab, Edward ( - 28/9/1984)

He qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) in 1934 and was employed on Meat Inspection duties in his home town in Scotland, until he joined the Colonial Development Corporation and was employed on the Gambia egg scheme and the Bechuanaland Ranches. He served in the Bechuanaland Protectorate Veterinary Department from 1955 to 1960 (Lobatsi) and 1960 to 1964 (Gaborone) when he moved to South Africa and worked for some years as Veterinary Meat Inspector at the old Johannesburg (Newtown) Abattoir. He died in Cape Town on 28/9/1984.

 

Magill, Joseph May

He qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 15/7/1882 and during the Boer War he saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. The Vet Record of 28/4/1900 records that he sailed for duty in Gibraltar aboard the P & O SS Sunda on 27/3/1900. After the war he returned to England. He must have died some time in 1923.

 

Main, Alexander ( - 1908)

He qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) in 1895 and during the Boer War he saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. After the war he returned to England. In 1908 he committed suicide.

 

Mainprize, John Leonard (1914 - 1/5/1940)

Born on 1/6/1914, he graduated BVSc at the Veterinary Faculty, Onderstepoort in 1936. After qualifying he served in the Division of Veterinary Services in South Africa for a period of 18 months and in June 1938 was appointed Veterinary Research Officer, Salisbury (Rhodesia). He died on 1/5/1940 at Sinoia on a shooting trip, when while having lunch, a gun placed against a tree next to him fell over and went off. He was buried in Johannesburg on 17/5/1940.

 

Marlherbe, Prof. Willem Daniel (25/4/1910 - 24/1/1989)

"Klein Jackie" or "Texas" as he was later nicknamed, was born in Pretoria on 25 April 1910. At the end of 1932 he obtained his BVSc degree at the Veterinary Faculty, Onderstepoort and immediately joined the Division of Veterinary Services. Official records reflect that he was transferred as follows:

1936: Middelburg (Cape) to Wellington

1942: Potchefstroom to Onderstepoort

He remained at Onderstepoort for the rest of his working life, first as lecturer in medicine and later as professor of medicine until 1958 when he was replaced by Dr Kaiser van der Walt.

Thereafter he became head of the Department of Clinical Pathology until 1973. when the veterinary faculty separated from the Institute (NVI) at Onderstepoort he transferred to the Department of Toxicology at the NVI. He retired from the service in 1975 and died on 24/1/1989 at the age of 78 years.

Marnewick, Jan (13/7/1938 - 25/10/2001)

Hy het as plaasseun in die Bethal distrik opgegroei waar hy gematrikuleer het.

Jan behaal sy BVSc graad aan die einde van 1961 en begin sy loopbaan as Staatsveearts in Germiston in 1962. In 1963 span hy kragte saam met ’n privaat praktyk in Germiston op deeltydse basis en kort daarna as vennoot en onderskei hom met uitnemendheid reeds in die tyd as “grootdierveearts”.

Hy handhaaf ’n noue verbintenis met die akademie inrigting en voortgesette opleiding te Onderstepoort.  Hy behaal die kwalifikasie Dip. Med. Vet in September 1973, sy meestersgraad in Geneeskunde in April 1983 en registreer as “Veterinere Spesialis” in Mei 1983. Vir etlike jare ageer hy as eksterne eksaminator in Geneeskunde vir voorgraadse en nagraadse studente by Medunsa en Onderstepoort met toegewyde entoesiasme en onderskeiding.

In Februarie 1989 verlaat hy die vennootskap en spits hom voltyds toe op sy spesialiteit as veterinêre voerkraal konsultant. Hierdie dissipline bou hy dramaties uit tot waar hy die RSA, van die Kaap tot Messina, Namibië en Botswana, bedien.

As lid van die Voerkraal Vereniging van SA het hy by talle geleenthede veeartse en boere verenigings toegespreek en prakties onderrig. Hy ontvang in 1989 die toekenning vir “Clinical Excellence”.

As lid van die “Academy of Veterinary Consultants” en “American Association of Bovine Practitioners”, word Jan genooi om in Desember 1998 ’n lesing te kom gee in Denver, Colorado getiteld “The Beef Industry in Africa” waaruit ’n wye netwerk van skakeling bewerkstellig was. Deur sy kontak en affiliasie met instansies en kollegas in die VSA, op datum gebragte kennis en wyd belesendheid, was Jan voortdurend op hoogte met alle nuwe verwikkelinge.

 

Malone, William ( - 15/4/1936)

He qualified MRCVS (New Edinburgh) on 24/5/1894 and during the Boer War he saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. After the war he returned to England. He died on 15/4/1936.

 

Mann, H.T.W.S. ( - 6/6/1912)

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 1/4/1880 and saw service as a regular A.V.D. officer with the Army Veterinary Department in South Africa from 10/3/1900 to May 1902. After the war he returned to England. He died at Milton Dameral on 6/6/1912.

 

Maré, Carl von Eberhardt (18/4/1894 - 26/5/1974)

Born on 18/4/1894 in the district of Pietersburg, he obtained his BSc at Stellenbosch University in 1919 and his BVSc at the Veterinary Faculty, Onderstepoort in 1924, being one of the first seven students to qualify as veterinarians in South Africa. After qualifying he joined the Department of Agriculture and served as a State Veterinarian at Mafeking, Middelburg (Transvaal) and Hoopstad. However, most of his life was spent in Mafeking. He died there on 26/5/1974.

 

Marais, Anita (28/12/1963 - 23/2/1988)

Born on 28/12/1963 in Pretoria, she matriculated at Randburg high School in 1981. In 1987 she obtained her BVSc degree at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Pretoria. After qualifying she served as State Veterinarian Windhoek and Grootfontein until her tragic death in a motor car accident (car overturned) in South West Africa. She was buried from the NG Church, Fontainbleau on the 29th of February 1988. Her death took place 30 km east of the police post Maroelaboom.

 

Marias, Guillaume Francois (23/8/1885 - 4/11/1918)

He was born in Potchefstroom on 23/8/1885 and qualified MRCVS (London) in December 1913. On 9/2/1914 he joined the Union of South Africa Veterinary Division. In the flue epidemic of 1918 he took ill and died at Volksrust on 4/11/1918. He also had a B.A. and BSc degree.

 

Marais, Isaac Pieter (12/2/1900 - 22/10/1964)

Born in Pretoria on 12/2/1900 he graduated BSc (Agric) in 1921 and BVSc from the Veterinary Faculty, Onderstepoort in 1925. On 4/2/1926 he joined the Division of Veterinary Services and remained in the service until 1938 when he was appointed Veternary superintendent of the Pretoria Municipal Abattoir. In 1927 he married Miss T.N. Erlich. In 1928 he carried out relief duties at Allerton and from 1930 - 1931 was officer in charge of that laboratory. During his service in the Division of Veterinary Services he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery and Gynaecology. From 1935 to 1936 he studied in Leipzig. In June 1940 he joined the S.A.V.C. with the rank of Major. In 1953 he resigned from the Pretoria Municipal Service and entered private practice at Alberton. He died on 22/10/1964.

 

Marriot, Samuel James ( - 25/5/1937)

He qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 29/3/1883 and saw service in South Africa in the A.V.D./A.V.C. from 12/10/1905 to 3/9/1909. He died on 25/5/1937 in Birmingham.

 

Marshall, Frederick Fitzhugh ( - 25/8/1905)

He qualified MRCVS (London) in 1854 and joined the Cape Mounted Rifles on 22/6/1860. He served in this regiment at the Cape until he transferred to the 14th Hussars on 7/6/1870. He died at Blackheath on 25/8/1905.

 

Martin, E.E.C.M.G., C.B.E. ( - 23/8/1925)

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 17/5/1889 and saw service as a regular A.V.D. officer with the Army Veterinary Department in South from 17/5/1902 to 18/8/1902. After service he returned to England. He died in India on 23/8/1925.

Martin EE (21/4/1952-3/6/1995)

Dr. Erlo Emil Martin is gebore op 21 April 1952 in die distrik Piet Retief.  Hy het hier groot geword en gematrikuleer waarna hy ingeskryf het by die Universiteit van Pretoria.  Hy bekwaam hom as veearts en ontvang sy graad in 1976.

Hy doen aansoek as Staatsveearts by die Departement Landbou en word geplaas te Pietersburg kantoor vanaf 1 Maart 1976 tot 31 Oktober 1984 waarna hy ’n oorplasing kry na Piet Retief.  Hy was Staatsveearts in Piet Retief vanaf 1 September 1994 tot 28 Februarie 1986 waarna hy vrywillig bedank het.

Hy was die eerste veearts wat ’n privaatpraktyk in Piet Retief begin het.  Die behoefte aan die praktyk was so groot dat hy mettertyd ’n vennoot moes kry.

Op 3 Mei 1995 was Erlo, sy vrou Monica, en hulle 16 jarige seun, Johan, oppad vanaf Nelspruit na Piet Retief.  Naby Badplaas is hy en sy seun in ’n noodlottige motorongeluk oorlede.

 

Martinaglia, Giovanni (1888 - 10/5/1967)

He is reported to have been the first white child born in Roodepoort. He spent his early years at the Langlaagte Orphanage which he regularly visited in later life. His first employment was to tend the valves of the cyanide thanks at Randfontein Estates Gold Mines, but after winning "seven hundred pounds" on a sweepstake he proceeded the America to study.

In 1919 he obtained his BVSc from the University of Toronto and in 1920 his MSc fro Cornell University. During 1921 he was employed at the Rockefeller Institute and from 1921 to 1922 he was a demonstrator in Pathology at the Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore. During this time he visited Jamaica and studied the bacteriology of Leprosy. In 1922 he returned to South Africa and obtained his BVSc degree from the Veterinary Faculty at Onderstepoort in 1924. After graduating at Onderstepoort he served as Veterinary Research Officer uner Sir Arnold Theiler at Allerton Laboratory until 1/8/1926 when he transferred to Onderstepoort. In 1929 he obtained his DVSc degree from the University of Toronto. In May 1930 he was appointed Municipal Veterinarian to the Johannesburg Abattoir. Subsequently he was appointed Director of the abattoir. He retired on 11/5/1948 and then undertook research in Tuberculosis at the King George V Hospital in Durban for 15 years. He died in the South Rand Hospital, Johannesburg on 10/5/1967 aged 79 years.

 

Masheter, James William Hall (1873 - 4/1/1943)

"Will" was born at Urswick near Barrow-in-Furness and qualified MRCVS (Edinburgh) on 24/5/1893). After qualifying he practiced in the Mallerstang Valley on the borders of Yorkshire and later Hutton's Ambo.

At the outbreak of the Boer War he volunteered for military service and was sent to Aldershot for training where he obtained a very poor impression of a large number of his colleagues. Early in February 1900 he sailed for Cape Town as Civil Veterinary Officer attached to the 8th Hussars. Due to his dedication to the horses in his care, only 16 died out of a total of 230 which he treated during the sea journey. On the 4th of February 1900 he wrote to his father ... "We are 4 miles north of Bloemfontein ... I've had 3 meals in 4 days ... Camp is 3 inches deep in water, nowhere to lie down and nothing to cover us". Of the sick lines he wrote ... "A more ghastly sight I never wish to witness. There were about 500 horses in lines and everyone dead or dying ... no food or water for horses or men, but 3 inches of water on the ground." Two weeks later the situation was even worse... "Their lines are a morass of mud and water, right up to their hocks".

By the 13th of May when his regiment entered Kroonstad they had lost two thirds of their horses. His own horse having been shot through the chest. He also recorded that when his brigade covered 350 miles in 34 days they lost 600 horses out of a complement of 1 000. When his brigade camped at Pretoria, 515 horses had sore backs. 302 suffered from exhaustion and 189 had wounds.

After taking part in the action at Barberton, Belfast and Machadodorp he was sent home on sick leave, but returned to take charge of the Base Veterinary Hospital at Maitland in February 1901. This hospital was however, phased out and in June of the same year, he was at Christiana clearing the country of livestock. In one week 10 000 sheep, 800 cattle and 700 horses were collected in this way. He was grateful to be relieved of this unpleasant task when he was transferred to Aliwal North in August 1901 to combat an outbreak of Rinderpest. In March 1902 he contracted dysentery and when fit enough to travel, he returned home. After the war he practiced at Malton (Yorkshire) and later at Massingham (Lincolnshire). In 1919 he moved to Newnham-on-Severn where he died in 1943. 75 letters which he wrote to his father from the field have been preserved by A.L. Salter, Dunkeld House, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria CA 17 4SY. He died on 4/1/1943.

 

Mason, Harold Edward Testrail ( - 12/12/1944)

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 14/12/1894. During the Boer War he saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. After the war he returned to England. He died on 12/12/1944.

 

Mason, John Huxley (3/10/1899 - 28/1/1985)

Born in Glasgow in 1899 he qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 3/10/1920. After practicing for 3 years he undertook post graduate study in Bacteriology. Thereafter he lectured at the Glasgow Veterinary College for some time. In 1924 he was employed by the Welcome Foundation where he served as one of the pioneers in the study of Toxigenic Anaerobes.

In 1927 he obtained his FRCVS and a year later was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 1931 he was appointed an Empire Marketing Board Research Fellow at the V.R.I. Onderstepoort and in 1936 became a permanent member of staff there where he continued his research on Clostridial Anaerobes. In 1936 he was awarded the DVSc degree by the University of South Africa.

In 1940 he transferred to the Serum Department of the S.A. Institute of Medical Research where he was responsible for producing Diptheria and other antisera. He also studied Salmonella typhi and the production of immunity to typhoid fever in man. In 1955 he was promoted to the post of Deputy Director at the SAIMR and retired in 1975. He was the author and part author of 110 scientific publications. He was president of the SAVA from 1946 to 1950. In September 1976 he was awarded the SAVA (5th) Gold Medal for "distinguished service to the veterinary profession". He died at the Johannesburg General Hospital following a double operation for Inguinal Hernia and Aortic Aneurism on 28 January 1985.

 

Massie, James A. (25/6/1850 - )

As a veterinary graduate of Ontario Veterinary College (1879) he served with the Canadian 4th Hussars from 13/5/1881 to 9/5/1887 when he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery. On the outbreak of the Boer War he, on 29/12/1899, accompanied his regiment to South Africa where he remained until 8/1/1901. He took part in operations at Faber's Put (30/5/1900) as well as in the Cape Colony, Orange River Colony (May to November 1900) and the Transvaal. He received the Queens medal with 3 clasps.

 

Massey, Rick (3/9/1955 - 22/12/1995)

Rick Massey was born in Johannesburg in 1955.  After matriculating at Dela Salle Holy cross College in Victory Park in 1972, he spent a year at Pietermaritzburg University.  He returned to the Transvaal to attend Onderstepoort where he qualified in June 1981.  During his holiday in 1977 he spent two months at Hanover University furthering his equine studies.

In 1982 Rick did his military training and was seconded to the Bophuthatswana Government, to fill the position of state vet for tow years.  Thereafter he went into practice with Dr Roy Gottschalk for just over two years.

In 1989 Rick’s dream was realised when he opened the doors of Blue Hills Veterinary Clinic.  This was the culmication and is one of the most modern and well equipped practices in the area.

Rick was very dedicated to the world of veterinary science and was chairman of the Wits Branch of the SAVA during 1992 and 1993.  In 1994 he was elected to the Committee of the SAVDA and the new Gauteng Veterinary Task Group.  He was also very committed to the community and was chairman of the Knoppieslaagte Landowners Association and vice chairman of the Greenbelt Action Group.

In February 1993 Rick and June were married.  Rick was a wonderful man who always had time to help others.  He was an articulate public speaker, and was often called upon to speak at conferences and functions.  His great love was wildlife and he spent as much time in the bush, as he could spare from his busy practice.

Matthew, Alexander Drummond ( - August 1969)

He qualified MRCVS (Edinburgh) on 20/5/1908 and for many years worked as a Government Veterinary Officer for the Division of Veterinary Services being stationed at Bedford, Elliot, Cape Town (1910/1911), Port Elizabeth and Durban where in July 1939 he was succeeded as G.V.O. by N.C. Starke. After resigning from the service he practiced at Drummond Fort Beaufort. He died in August 1969.

 

Matthews, ILES (27/3/1854 - 25/5/1906)

Born on 27/3/1854 he qualified MRCVS (London) in 1872. As a regular officer of the A.V.D. he was sent to South Africa on 23/6/1898 with specific instructions to check on past mortality amongst horses and to suggest possible methods of prevention in future. In his subsequent report he stated that deaths amongst horses were largely due to a number of factors viz. the harsh tropical climate, the working of horses before the morning mist had dispersed, horses breaking loose at night and being exposed to infection, exhaustion caused by the climate, the use of freshly cut bedding, scarcity of water (particularly in Pietermaritzburg), dirty water (Ladysmith), where he was besieged with several other veterinarians and Horsesickness. During his stay in Natal he was in 1899 promoted to the post of P.V.O. in succession to R.T. Frost. The post then carried the rank of Vet'y Lieut Colonel. He remained P.V.O. in Natal until 6/3/1903 when he returned to England and was succeeded by Frederick Smith. He died in Simla on 25/5/1906.

 

Matthews, Reginald C., D.S.O.

He qualified MRCVS on 28/3/1896 and as a regular officer of the A.V.D. saw service in South Africa during the Boer War. He does not appear to have returned to England because he read a paper on the possibilities of private practice to the 25th General Meeting of the South African Veterinary Medical Association on 4 - 5/10/1933.

 

Matthews, Richard Charles (1882 - 4/9/1934)

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 19/12/1908 and was in South Africa for some years prior to his death on 4/9/1934 at the age of 52 years at Stildon, East Grinstead. Nothing more is known about him.

 

May, Gilbert, B. (2/7/1879 - 29/10/1973)

Born on 2/7/1879 he qualified MRCVS (London) on 17/7/1901. He came to South Africa as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department aboard the S.S. Morayshire which was fitted out to carry 800 horses (each horse having a space of 10 ft x 2 ft 8 inches). Thereafter he brought out another consignment of horses amongst which were 300 hunters from Colchester. It is recorded that although he rejected two of these animals suffering from strangles, by the time the consignment arrived in Port Elizabeth harbour six weeks later (December 1901) 356 cases of strangles had occurred.

In order to reduce losses, he and other veterinarians were paid a bonus of one shilling a head if losses were under 7 ½ %, two shillings for losses under 5% and three shillings for losses under 2 ½ %. In South Africa he served for 9 months at the veterinary hospital of the Remount Depot at De Aar under Colonel Beresford. At the conclusion of the Boer War, he was appointed as Veterinary Officer to the newly formed Transvaal Agricultural Department by Major Sanderson and was sent to Daspoort for a 6 week refresher course under Sir Arnold Theiler on 28/11/1902.

At the conclusion of the refresher course in December 1902 he was instructed "to go to the Repatriation Camp near the Leper Asylum, choose a Cape Cart, four mules and a native driver and drive to Rustenburg" to take up duties as District Veterinary Officer of that place. He spent two nights on the way between Pretoria and Rustenburg. In 1903 he was transferred to Nylstroom, but shortly afterwards his headquarters was moved to Potgietersrus in order to cope more effectively wit the invasion of East Coast Fever. His presence on farms was not always welcome, because the farmers believed that veterinarians carried and spread the disease. On departing from one far he observed the farmer disinfecting the spot where he had stood.

For the first nine months at Potgietersrus he was engaged in creating a stock free zone for 100 miles inland from Potgietersrus by loading 100 cattle a day for slaughter in Johannesburg. In order to counteract claims by farmers that they could cure East Coast Fever, he infected cattle with ticks and allowed them to try out their remedies such as garlic in the dewlap. They were finally convinced that the disease could not be cured.

In 1913 he was transferred to Standerton where he married. He was subsequently posted to Carolina where he controlled the districts of Ermelo, Wakkerstroom, Volksrust, Bethal, Heidelberg, Johannesburg, Pilgrims Rest, Barberton, Nelspruit and Sabie. In 1918 he was posted to Potchefstroom where he also lectured at the Agricultural College. On 1/11/1926 he was promoted to Senior Veterinary Officer, Pretoria and except for short spells of duty at Pietersburg and Queenstown, he remained there until he retired in July 1934 at the compulsory retiring age of 55. During World War II he was in England, but returned to South Africa after the war. He died at Rochester (UK) on 29/10/1973 at the age of 93.

 

Maybin, John Alexander (3/5/1895 - 18/11/1939)

He was born in County Antrim, Ireland on 3/5/1895 and qualified MRCVS (Dublin) on 24/7.1924. At Dublin he was a fellow student of C.J. van Heerden. A few months after qualifying he joined the South West Africa service as a Government Veterinary Officer. He tok ill at the 1938 S.A. Veterinary Medical Association Conference and died on 18/11/1938 while still in the service of the S.W.A. Administration.

 

McCall, David Brown Johnson (8/2/188 - May 1967)

Born on 8/2/1888 the 8th veterinarian son (1st son by second wife) of James McCall the founder of Glasgow Veterinary College and younger brother of G.R. McCall of Baillieston, Lanarkshire, he qualified MRCVS at his father's college on 26/5/1910. After qualifying he came to South Africa and joined the Division of Veterinary Services as District Veterinary Officer. This statement is supported by the fact that he is included in a photograph of a group of D.V.O.'s who visited Onderstepoort in 1910. Nothing is known about his further service in the Veterinary Department. During world War I he saw active service with the SAVC in East Africa and South West Africa and was discharged at the end of the war with the rank of Major. After World War I he farmed at Clocolan and it is recorded that he did a Locum for Verney (P.V.O. Basutoland). In 1922 he transferred to Durban where he practiced until he retired in 1956. (Practices at Clarabel Road, Montpelier Road and Sir Arthur Road). He died in May 1967 and after being cremated his ashes were strewn over his farm at Nottingham Road (present site of Rainbow Chickens PB 3 hatchery). His wife Margaret, died at Pietermaritzburg on 8/5/1986 aged 89 years. She would have been 90 in August.

 

McCall, Captain George Raphael (1/1/1885 - July 1930)

Born on 1/1/1885 at Blair Tammock, Baillieston, Lanarkshire, the 7th veterinarian son of James McCall the founder of Glasgow Veterinary College, he qualified MRCVS at his father's college on 21/12/1905 and was appointed professor of Materia Medica and Hygiene at Glasgow University. Later he served in the Egyptian service for 2 ½ years. In 1910 he joined the Veterinary Division of the Union of South Africa. During World War I he saw active service in the south West Africa and East African Campaigns with the SAVC. In 1920 he resigned his official post and went to live in Kenya. His brother D.B.J. McCall was also a veterinarian in South Africa. It is reported that he died in Durban in July 1930.

 

McDonald, Robert Arthur Scrymgeor ( - 7/1/1944)

All that is known of this man is that he qualified BSc/MRCVS (Edinburgh) on 17/12/1921 and died on 7/1/1944. He appears to have practiced in South Africa, because he was registered as a veterinarian in terms of Act 16 of 1933.

 

McEachran, John Fraser ( - 1932)

He qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 20/5/1897 and came to South Africa during the Boer War at the end of 1899 with the 6th New Zealand Contingent. He returned to New Zealand after the war. He died in 1932.

 

McEwen, Alan Douglas O.B.E. ( - 10/3/1985)

All that is known of this man is that he obtained his MRCVS on 17/7/1922 (Edinburgh) and was stationed at Allerton Laboratory in 1924 where he served under D.T. Mitchell. He consequently returned to England and in 1954 was Chief Bacterioogist at the Animal Diseases Research Association Institute (Moredun), Gilmerton, Edinburgh from which post he retired on 27/4/1957. He was awarded the O.B.E.. He died on 10/3/1985.

 

McGarth, J.J.

During the Boer War he saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. After the war he returned to England.

 

McGregor, Charles ( - 20/1/1902)

He qualified MRCVS (Edinburgh) in July 1886 and during the Boer War he saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. He served in the Scottish Horse. His name appears on a monument in Kensington, Johannesburg as Sgt Veterinary (number 25868). He died of Enteric fever at Ventersdorp, Transvaal on 20/1/1902 after being wounded at Witpoort. He was buried in Ventersdorp cemetery where his gravestone can still be seen.

 

McGregor, Gregor (1863 - 8/2/1942)

A G. McGregor is recorded as having served as a Distct Veterinarian at Lichtenburg during the period 1904 - 1905. Nothing more is known about him. He may be the G. McGregor who obtained his MRCVS (Glasgow) on 28/4/1884. He died on 8/2/1942 aged 79 years.

 

McGregor, Johan, D. ( - 25/1/1933)

He qualified MRCVS (Edinburgh) on 18/12/1888 and came to South Africa as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. He appears to have remained in South Africa because he served with the SAVC during World War I. He died at Old Catton, Norwich on 25/1/1933.

 

McIntyre, Gordon (9/11/1886 - 12/5/1967)

Born Lenzil in England on 9/11/186 he qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 26 May 1910 and came to South Africa in 1920 when he joined the Division of Veterinary Field Services as Government Veterinary Officer at Vryheid and subsequently at Eshowe, Frankfort, George, King Williamstown, Aliwal North and Queenstown. During World War II he served as a Major in the SAVC in Egypt and Palestine. He officially retired in 1946, but remained in the service on a temporary basis in the Division until 1958. Thereafter he practiced in Queenstown for 3 years. He died on 12/5/1967 in Queenstown.

 

McKenzie, K. Mc L D.S.O. ( - 6/10/1925)

He qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 21/12/1903 and saw service in South Africa in the A.V.D./A.V.C. from 1/9/1906 to 3/9/1909. He died on 6/10/1925 in India.

 

McKie, William (1864 - 18/3/1939)

Born Inch Parish, Stranraer, Scotland in 1864 he qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 18/4/1887. He came to South Africa during the Boer War as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the A.V.D. and then farmed until such time as his children had to go to school. In 1909 he joined the Administration of the Orange Free State and served as District Veterinary Officer at Bloemfontein until 1911. He then went into practice at Bloemfontein. He saw active service in World War I in the south West Africa and East Africa Campaign as a Captain in the SAVC. In 1920 he was released from the army and joined the South West Civil Veterinary Division. He retired in 1926 and went farming on the farm Blenheim in the Orange Free State. He died on 18/3/1939.

 

McLeod, J.

He qualified MRVS (London) on 12/12/1898 and saw service in South Africa during the Boer War with the Queensland Imperial Bushmen and with the 5th Contingent and 7th Commonwealth Horse.

 

McMillan, Adam (29/3/1869 - )

As a veterinary graduate of Ontario Veterinary College (1890) he served as a Farrier Quartermaster-Sergeant (1st Canadian Mounted Rifles) in South Africa during the Boer War from 29/12/1899. On 15/8/1900 he was promoted in the field to Acting Vet. Lieutenant in Strathcona's Horse and on 9/11/1900 was mentioned in Despatches by Gen. Buller (London Gazette Feb. 1901). From 9/3/1901 to 8/5/1902 he was in Canada, but returned to South Africa as Vet. Lieutenant to the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles. After the war he returned to Canada.

 

McNae, Alexander ( - 31/3/1945)

He was born at Mazwelltown, Dumfrieshire, Scotland and qualified MRCVS (New Edinburgh) on 30/5/1899. He came to South Africa at the beginning of 1901 as Civil Veterinarian attached to the A.V.D. to take part in the Boer War. For the remainder of the war he served as Veterinary Officer to the Imperial Light Horse Regiment. From September 1902 to October 1904 he served with the Transvaal Repatriation Department. Thereafter he joined the Transvaal Civil Veterinary Department (31/12/1904) and subsequently the Union of South Africa Veterinary Division in which he served until he retired on 31/3/1934. During World War I he served with the SAVC and after the cessation of hostilities was G.V.O. in charge of the Government Stud Farm at Standerton. He was also stationed at Louis Trichardt twice and Pietersburg twice during 1926.

In December 1927 he was transferred from Thabinai (Pietersburg) to South West Africa and on 1/1/1928 he was promoted to the post of Senior Veterinary Officer in charge of South West Africa where he remained until his retirement. After his retirement he joined the Veterinary Vaccine Agency in Johannesburg and died on 31/3/1945.

It is said of him that although he was a keen card player and whiskey drinker, he would never do either on a Sunday because of a lifelong promise he hade made to his mother. This promise was never broker. It is also said that the eradication of East Coast Fever in the Soutpansberg area was largely to his credit and that he used to travel the area in a spider drawn by 4 mules.

 

McNaught, Thomas Trevor (5/5/1919 - 9/6/1967)

Born on 5/5/1919, he qualified MRCVS (London) on 3/7/1942 and was for some time employed as a Government Veterinary Officer in Rhodesia. He subsequently came to South Africa where he died on 9 June 1967.

 

McNeil, John (1868 - 1952)

He qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 18/7.1896. After qualifying he practiced at Grenock, but then came to South Africa as veterinarian to Cecil John Rhodes. During world War I he served as a Captain in the SAVC. He died at Wynberg (Cape) in 1952 aged 84 years.

 

McVean, Hugh Fraser (1874 - 26/4/1933)

He qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 23/12/1896. He saw service in South Africa throughout the Boer War as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. After the war he returned to England. He died at Elgin, Scotland on 26/4/1933 aged 59 years. He also saw active service for the duration of World War I. For most of his life he practiced at Craigellachie, Banffshire.

 

McWhirter, David Lepraik (2/1894 - 15/10/1964)

As a MRCVS (Edinburgh) 1922, he was registered as a veterinarian in South Africa between 1960 and 1962. At the time he was living at Oakvale, P.O. Eston, Natal. Nothing more is known about him. He subsequently returned to England where he died in London on 15/10/1964.

 

Meara, Patrick James (17/3/1912 - 17/5/1991)

Born on 17/3/1912 he matriculated first class from Dale College, King Williamstown in December 1927. Thereafter he attended Rhodes University and obtained his BVSc degree form the University of Pretoria in December 1932.

Thereafter his career was as follows:

1933 - 1936 : G.V.O. Umtata

1937 : G.V.O. East London, In charge of meat inspection for the export of beef and mutton to the U.K.

1938 - 1939 : Post Graduate study at Cambridge University

1939 - 1946 : Veterinary Research Officer, Onderstepoort

1946 : Graduated D.V.Sc University of Pretoria

1946 - 1978 : City Council of Johannesburg as:

(a) Assistant Veterinarian, Abattoir: July 1946 to July 1948.

(b) 1949 - 1958 Veterinarian in charge Milk Laboratory and Supervision of Abattoir operations.

(c) 1958 to 1960 assistant Director City Health Department.

(d) 1960 - 1974 Director, Abattoir and Livestock market Department.

(e) July 1974 - March 1978 Chief Veterinarian - City Health Department.

He retired from service with the City Health Department of Johannesburg on 17 March 1978 at the age of 66 years. During his lifetime he published 20 scientific articles. He died after a long illness on 17/5/1991 at the age of 79 years.

 

Meeser, Meeser Johannes Nicolaas (16/10/1912 - 30/1/1971)

Born in Roodepoort on 16/10/1912 he graduated BVSc from the Veterinary Faculty, Onderstepoort in 1936. After qualifying he joined the Division of Veterinary Services and was stationed at Eshowe, Worcester, Upington, Oudtshoorn, Calvinia (1944), Lydenburg (8/1/1949) and Pietersburg. In 1954 he was promoted to Senior Veterinary Officer and in 1961 to Sub-Director in charge of the Northern and Eastern Transvaal region. On 9/12/1939 he married Miss Johanna Badenhorst a primary school teacher at the Worcester Boys' Junior School. She died 21/5/1967. He passed away on 30/1/1971 aged 58 years.

 

Meier, H.

He came to South Africa together with J.R.S. Scheuber and Marcus Zchokke from Switzerland in 1919. For a time he served as G.V.O. at Armoedsvlakte before returning to Switzerland in 1921.

 

Mehnert, Otto Helmuth Jerome (13/5/1914 - 15/2/1975)

Born at Jamestown (Cape) on 3/5/1914 he took the Staatsexamen for veterinarians in Leipzig in 1938 and obtained the degree of Dr Med Vet From the same university in 1939. In 1940 and until he joined the German Wehrmag he was engaged in private practice and meat inspection. After World War II he resumed private practice in Germany until 1975 when he returned to South Africa and joined the Division of Veterinary Services. He served as State Veterinarian at Upington (1959 to 1962) and Greytown Natal from 1963 to 1966 when he returned to Germany. He died in Germany.

 

Melck, Gilbert Henry ( - 30/3/1933)

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 9/7/1914. On his return to South Africa he joined the Division of Veterinary Services. During World War I he was on active service with the RAVC and from 1917 to 1919 in India with permanent commission in the Ghurka regiment. After World War I he served as G.V.O. at Umtata, Worcester, De Aar (from 13/3/1928) and Louise Trichardt. On 29/11/1928 he was appointed Senior Veterinary Officer in charge of Natal in the post vacated W M Power on his retirement. On the death of Major Alex Goodall at Wolamaranstad on 6/4/1930, he was appointed Sub-Director at Pretoria. While on Foot and Mouth duties at Kodoesrand in 1933 he became ill and died shortly afterwards on afterwards on 30/3/1933.

 

Medal-Johnson, Conrad Mentz Thesen (1920 – 16/2/1968)

Born in 1920 he graduated BVSc from the Veterinary Faculty Ondestepoort in 1944. During the remainder of World War II he was commissioned in the SAVC. After the war he served as Government Veterinary Officer in King Williamstown, but later emigrated to New Zealand. He returned to South Africa in September 1967 and took up an appointment as State Veterinary at Estcourt. On 16/2/1968 he was killed by a vehicle from behind when pushing his car to get it with him (Mr Russel Bolton of Estcourt) spent four months in hospital as a result of the injuries he sustain in the accident.

 

Melhuish, Frank Whiddon ( -16/5/1926)

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 26/7/1888 and saw service in South Africa during the Boer War with the New South Wales Lancers. He took part in the action at the Relief of Kimberly, Paardeberg Poplar Grove, Driefontein, Karee Siding, Zandrivier, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Diamond Hill, etc. He died in Sydney, Australia on 16/5/1926.

 

Meredith, J A, F.R.C.V.S.

All that is known of this veterinarian is that on 7 January 1902 he was appointed to replace J Loughlin who on 3/11/1900 had died while serving as a Veterinary Captain in the 1st Life Guards in Wynberg, Cape.

 

Merrick, Thomas Henry ( -18/3/1894)

He qualifies MRCVS (London in 1874 and served in the 5th Basuto War of 1880-1881 with the Cape Mounted Riflemen. In all, he remained in South Africa for 4 years as testified before the Council of the RCVS on 5/7/1893 when he pleases for "Protection" of the qualified veterinarian. In 1891 he was awarded his FRCVS. In 1890 he was President of the Midlands Countries. Veterinary Medical Association and a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Committee. He died in 1894.

 

Mettam, Richard William Morrison O.B.E. (19/5/1895 – 11/7/1951)

The son of A E Mettam the Principal of the Veterinary College at Dublin, he qualified MRcvs (Dublin) on 17/7/1917. After serving in the army in France, Belgium and Germany he came to Onderstepoort in 1919. In 1920 he was appointed Professor of Veterinary Anatomy of the newly founded Veterinary Faculty of the University of the Witwatersrand. When this closed down after one year, he returned to Onderstepoort. In 1927 he left South Africa to take up a post in Kenya as Veterinary Research Officer, Kabete. He remained at Kabete until early 1930 when he became Veterinary Phathologist to the Uganda government and was stationed at Entebbe. In September 1937 he transferred to Nigeria where he was stationed in the laboratory at Vom. In 1950 he was awarded the O.B.E. in the Birthday Honours List. He became ill at Vom and returned to England for hospitalisation. He died at Lanark, Scotland on 11/7/1951.

 

Meyer, Karl Friedrich (19/5/1884 – 27/4/1974)

Born on 19/5/1884 in Basle, Switzerland he qualified as a Veterinarian (Dr Med vet) at the university of München in 1905.

In 1908 he was appointed as Veterinary Bacteriologist at Onderstepoort in which post he served until 1910 when he was appointed to the post of Analysis Professor of Phathology and appointed to the post of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He considered Onderstepoort to be "too small for two giants" (both Swiss). In 1914 he went to the University of California as Professor of Bacteriology and experimental Phathology. In 1924 he became director of the George Williams Hooper Foundation for Medical Research where he remained for the rest of his career. He revisited Ondesrtepoort in March 1963. He died on 27/4/1974.

 

Millar, W M (12/1/1867 – 25/4/1914)

Born on 12/1/1867 he qualified MRCVS (London) on 16/5/1895 and saw service as a Regular A.V.D. Officer with the Army Veterinary Department in South Africa from 26/8/1896. After Department in South Africa from 26/8/1896 to March 1898. After service he returned to England, but came back to take part in the Boer War from 23/12/1901 to 31/1/1903 as Veterinary Officer to the 3rd Hussars retirement. He died on smallpox on 25/4/1914 at Lucknow.

In 1907 he was awarded the FRCVS for his thesis entitled South African Horsesickness".

 

Miller, Robert (1876 – 31/3/1911)

He qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 18/7/1896 and during the Boer War saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinarian Department. After the was he returned to England. He died on 31/3/1911 aged 35 years.

 

Mitchell, A

He qualified as a Veterinarian in New York and during the Boer War saw service for an unknown period of time in South Africa as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. After the war he left South Africa.

 

Mitchell, David Thomas M.B.E. (17/3/1885 – 7/5/1943)

He was born at Drumenny, Northern Ireland on 17/3/1885 (St Patricks Day) and obtained his MRCVS diploma at Dublin on 21/7/1908. On 27/1/1909 he took up an appointment with the Transvaal Government as District Veterinarian after an interview with S Stockman. Thereafter he was appointed Bacteriologist under Sir Arnold Theiler at Onderstepoort. On A W Shilston;s depature for India in 1914 he was transferred to Natal and placed in charge of Allerton Laboratory where he remained until 30/6/1918 when he was sent to Onderstepoort to deputise as Director of the Veterinary Research Institute. On 1/4/1919 he was appointed Assistant Director of Veterinary Research, Onderstepoort until Sir Arnold Theiler was re-appointed in 1920 when he was transferred to Armoedsvlakte. He stayed at Armoedsvlakte until 1922 when he went on a years study leave. On his return to South Africa he was stationed at Allerton Laboratory for a second tour of duty. In 1928 he was sent on secondment to Burma to study Anthrax in elephants. After a year there he resigned from the South African service and joined the Burmese Government as Director of Veterinary Services. As a Result of the successful use of Onderstepoort Anthrax vaccine on elephants, a silver plate was presented to him by the Teak Companies of Burma in 1939. After resigning his post in 1939 he rejoined the South African service and was sent to Tanganyika to supervise Rinderpest vaccine production (January to August 1940). On his Return to South Africa he busied himself at Onderstepoort studying virus disease. In 1943 he joined the South African Institute if Medical Research and was working on the production of Typus vaccine when he died on 7/5/1943.

 

Mönning, Professor Hermann Otto (27/1/1897 – 1978)

He was born on 27/1/1897 in Cape Town and graduated BA (Hons From Stellenbosch University in 1917. With the aid of a Queen Victoria Stipendum he studied Zoology at Amsterdam from 1919 to 1921 and was awarded a DSc in Zoology by the University of Zurich. On his return to South Africa he served as Reseach Officer (Parasitology) at Onderstepoort, but soon after studied Veterinary Science and in 1926 graduated BSVc From the Veterinary Faculty, Onderstepoort. After graduating he was appointed head of the Department of Parasitology. In 1934 he wrote his classic textbook "Veterinary Helminthology and Entomology".

In 1954 he resigned his official post and founded Agricura Laboratories with the object of manufacturing remedies for the control of animal disease and agricultural pests and supplying them to the farmer. During his lifetime he was:-

1. Member of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

2. Chairman of the National Parks Board

3. Chairman of the Board of the University of Pretoria

4. Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister

Hours bestowed upon him were:-

1. Senior Captain Scott Medal by the S.A. Bacteriological Society

2. Hahenga prize – S.A. Academy

3. M T Steyn Prize – S.A. Academy

4. DSc (Hons) University of Pretoria

5. DSc (Hons) University of Orange Free State

 

Montgomery, Gabriel ( - 1941)

He qualified MRCVS (Edinburgh) on 30/5/1892. During the Boer War he saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. After the war he returned to England. He died in 1941.

 

Montgomery, Gabriel ( -1941)

He qualified MRCVS (Edinburgh) on 30/5/1892. During the Boer War he saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. After the war he returned to England. He died in 1941.

 

Montgomery, Robert, Eustace (1880 – 11/6/1932)

Born in 1880, he graduated MRCVS from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh on 20/5/1903. In 1904 he travelled to Muktesar as assistant Imperial Bacteriologist to the Government of India and in 1905 was in Canada on special duty. From 1907 to 1990 he and Kinghorn were sent by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to investigate sleeping sickness in central Africa. In 1909 he was appointed Pathologist to the East African Protectorate and on 12th of January of that year, attended the Pan African Veterinary Congress in Pretoria which was held to correspond with the official opening of the Research Institute at Onderstepoort. He remained in this post until 1917 when he started the laboratory at Kabete. On the retirement of Sir Arnold Theiler on 31/3/1918 he succeeded him as Director of the Veterinary Research Institute at Onderstepoort. From 1920 to 1926 he was appointed veterinary advisor to the Governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanyanyika. In 1930 he was appointed advisor on animal health to the Colonial Office. He remained in this post until he died in June 1932. He was the first President of the South African Veterinary Medical Association (1920 to 1921). It would appear that Montgomery was brought in as outsider to take over the Directorship of the Veterinary Research Institute, Onderstepoort over serving officers like D T Mitchell when Sir Arnold Theiler retired in 1918.

 

Moore, Francis Alexander Stilt (1874 – 16/10/1950)

He qualified MRCV (London) on 26/5/1900 and served in South Africa for an unknown period of time with the Army Veterinary Department during the Boer War. He subsequently returned to South Africa for a second tour of duty from 16/5/1903 to 28/12/1950 aged 76 years.

 

Moore, Sir John KCMG, CB FRCVS (24/5/1864 – 11/2/1940)

Born Longhurst, Morpeth Northumberland on 24/5/1864 he qualified MRCVS (New Edinburgh) on 24/4/1885 (FRCVS 1890). His first visit to South Africa was brief stay of 4 days when the ship (SS Denton Grange) on which he was transporting horses from Argentina struck on the bar in Durban harbour. During the Boer War he returned to South Africa as a regular A.V.D. officer and served as Veterinary Officer in the Rhodesia Regiment with Plumber’s force on the Transvaal/Rhodesian border from August 1899 to 30th October 1900 having been present at the Relief of Mafeking on 17/5/19000. On 14/10/1899 when he reached Fort Tuli he received the news that war has been declared between Britain and the Z.A.R. On the 21st October 1899 while moving south with his regime, some men were lost in a skirmish with the Boers. His regime finally reached Mafeking (17/5/19000) via Gaberone and Lobatsi. He then returned to Bulawayo which he finally left on 13/6/19000 arriving in Zeerust on 18/6/19000. Here he joined Baden Powell’s Column marching to Pretoria. This column proceeded to Wonderboom and is recorder as having camped on the farm Onderstepoort. From Wonderboom they travelled to Pietersburg and were involved in a skirmish at Pienaar’s river and Hebron. On the way back to Pretoria, the column passed Arnold Theiler’s laboratory at Daspoort where Moore observed a "terrible stench" of dead horses ad general filth. He left South Africa by sea on 30th October 1900.

In the RAVC journal of November 1936 (Vol. 8 No. 1) he records that in France during World War I he met a soldier from his South African days whom he had not seen since the latter lay wounded after the Action at Ramutsa during the Boer War.

Prior to Coming to South Africa he practiced in Manchester until December 1889 when he was commissioned. From 1889 to 1896 he served at Cawnpore and Calcutta in India and took part in the Suakin Expedition. After his departure from South Africa he was in charge of a remount purchase depot in the U.S.A. (Lathrop) until June 1902. From November 1905 he again served in India until 1912. In 1913 he returned to Aldershot and during world War I was veterinarian in charge of the B.E.F. In April 1919 he was appointed DVS India. In 1921 he retired. From 1932 (June) to May 1934 he was Col. Commandant of the RAVC. He married Miss Adelaide Murphy in 1903 and had 3 daughters. He was buried at Quainton Buckinghamphire.

 

Moore, Robert (8/12/1851 – 1913)

Born on 8/12/1851 he qualified MRCV (New Edinburg) on 15/4/1875 and with the Kind’s Dragoon Guards saw service in Natal and the Transvaal from 1879 to 1880 (took part in the Zuu war of 1879). He returned to South Africa for a second tour of duty in 1896. He recorded his observations on Horsesickness during the Sekukuni Campaign in Fred Jeppe’s "Transvaal Book Almanac" for 1881. He died in 1913.

 

Morford Leonard Rippon (4/5/1906 – 26/6/1964)

Born on 14/5/1906 he qualified MRCVS in 1933. Thereafter he saw service in the RAVC for one year and private practice in the United Kingdom for 18 months. In 1936 he came to South Africa to serve in S T A Amos’s practice in Durban. In 1947 he purchased the practice from his father-in-law. He passed away in Durban on 26/6/1964. His sons M D Morford (BVSc 1970) and R A Morford (BVSc 1972) both became veterinarians.

 

Morgan, Edward ( -1941)

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 16/5/1890 and served in South Africa during the Boer War as a Civil Veterinary Surgeon in the Army Veterinary Department. He died in 1941.

 

Morgan, John William Akerman (20/10/1856 – 20/12/1910)

Born on 20/10/1856 he qualified MRCVS (London) in 1877 and with his regime saw service in Natal during 1879 (in the Zulu War). He died on 20/12/1910.

 

Morgan William John (26/12/1866- )

As a veterinary graduate of Ontario Veterinary College (1893 (he served with the Canadian Royal Artillary (5th Brigade) from 2/6/1893. From 2/3/1901 to 26/12/1901 he was in South Africa serving with the South African Constabulary. He took part in military operations in the Cape Colony, Orange River Colony and the Transvaal between 30/11/1900 and May 1902 and returned to Canada on 5/11/1902.

 

Morice, Joan Allison ( - 24/11/1944)

She was born in Barberton. Transvaal and after a school education in England, she entered the Veterinary Faculty at Onderstepoort and qualified BVSc in 1927. (Alleen cust the first woman veterinarian in the U.K. qualified MRCVS (London) in December 1922). She was the first woman to qualify at Onderstepoort and the only woman to qualify there for many years. After qualifying she was appointed (17/9/1928) as a Temporary Veterinary Officer and served at Allerton Laboratory from 8/10/1928 until her services were terminated on 31/12/1928. Thereafter she practiced in Johannesburg first on her own and then in 1930 after her marriage to her classmate, M C Robinson, with her husband. In 1935 she discounted her practice, but continued to do charitable work with the SPCA and Various Bantu woman’s organisations in Johannesburg. She died in Johannesburg from lung Cancer on 24/11/1944.

 

Morris James William Holger (1932 – 16/1/1985)

Born in 1932 qualified BVSc at the University of Pretoria in 1974. Thereafter he farmed in Zululand and took an active part in organised agriculture. In June 1984 he was appointed to the Stockowners co-op Board of the Directors. While returning from a farmers day at Dundee on 16/1/1985 he was killed when his car collided with a Railway but at about 6.30 pm on the N2 highway just north of Hluhluwe. He was buried at Eshowe on 19/1/1985.

 

Morton Douglas David (7/4/1895 – 12/10/1963)

Born at Rouxville in the O.F.S. on 7/4/1895 he qualified MRCVS (Dublin) in July 1921. On hi return to South Africa he joined the Division of Veterinary Services and was stationed as G.V.O. at Sibasa (18 months), Greytown (6 months) and Eshowe (18 months). On 1/10/1925 he transferred to the South African Police as Veterinary officer in succession to J.M. Tate and saw service at Kimberley where he established the Remount Depot at Grootdam. In 1949 he Returned to the Division of Veterinary Services and served as State Veterinarian in Pretoria (1949) and Cape Town (1950 – 1954). In viljoenskroon district. He died at Kroonstad on 12/10/1963.

 

Morton, John Laroch Stonehill ( - 1/6/1973)

As a MRCVS (Glasgow 1927) he was registered as veterinarian in South Africa between 1956 and 1962. At the time he was living in Grahmanstown (Post Restante). Nothing more is known about him.

 

Mosely, Henry Samuels D.S.O. ( -10/4/1975)

He qualified MRCVS (London) in 1900 and saw service with the Army Veterinary Department in South Africa from 15/4/1902 to 1/4/1903. After service he returned to England. He died there on 10/4/1975.

 

Mowat, IAN ( - 23/11/1958)

He graduated BVSc From the Veterinary Faculty, Onderstepoort in 1942. After qualifying he joined the Hygiene Section of the Union Defence Force. After World War II he was appointed Assistant Veterinarian to the Johannesburg Municipality in July 1946 and in 1948 was promoted to the post of Senior Veterinary Officer in the Johannesburg Municipal Service. He died on 23/11/1958.

 

Mulvey, W S

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 31/3/1897 and served in South Africa during the Boer War as a Civil Veterinary Surgeon in the Army Veterinary Department.

 

Munro, Alexander M (1874 – 24/3/1929)

He qualified MRCVS (New Edinburgh) on 24/5/1897 and during the Boer War saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the A.V.D. After the war he returned to England. He died on 24/3/1929 aged 55 years.

 

Murdock, Alexander

He qualified MRCVS (Glasgow) on 15/7/1884 and in 1921 was living in Johannesburg. Nothing more is known about him. He died in ± 1922.

 

Murphy, Joseph (20/5/1955 – 13/4/1987)

Born in Kilmachomas, Waterford Country, Ireland on 20/5/1955 he qualified BVM at the Dublin University on 21/7/1979. In May 1981 he came to South Africa and worked in several practices throughout the country. He has however, in the meantime become a drug addict and committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in Johannesburg on 13/4/1987.

 

Myhill, Berners Addy

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 15/7/1910 and served first as a Captain in the SAVC during World War I. Subsequently he proceeded to France where he served in the South African Heavy Artillary 1954 he was living in George, Cape and in 1955 in Pietermaritzburg as a Retired Major from the British South Africa Police (BSAP). He died in ± 1976.

 

Nadal Francois Isail ( - 16/2/1923)

He was born in Mauritius and qualified MRCVS (Edinburgh) on 25/7/1885. He is alleged to have come to South Africa soon after the Boer War where he settled in private practice in Durban. He died on 16/2/1923.

 

Neale William Walter Raymond ( - 19/3/1945)

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 11/7/1899 and served in South Africa for an unknown period of time with the A.V.D. during the Boer War. He subsequently returned to South Africa for a second tour of duty from 16/5/1903 to 31/1/1908.

 

Neil, William John (15/1/1876 - )

As a veterinary graduate of Ontario Veterinary College (1902) he came to South Africa on 8/5/1902 as a Vet. Lieutenant to the 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles. He returned to Canada in July 1902.

 

Neill, A

The only reference that can be found of this veterinarian's presence in Southern Africa is that in 1897 he, C.E. Gray and Colonel F G W Lee were employed by the Charter Company to Combat Rinderpest in Rhodesia. In 1897 these veterinarians proceeded from Robert Kock's Laboratory at Victoria Compound. Kimberley to Salisbury to tackle the Rinderpest invasion. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons can find no record of him.

 

Neill, John (1872 - 12/12/1907)

Born at Kilmarnock Scotland in 1872, he qualified MRCV (Glagow) in May 1892 and Came to South Africa as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Civil Veterinary Department and served as G.V.O. at Vryburg. On Wednesday 12/12/1907 he took ill on Mr Culinan's farm, England in the Vryburg district and died before medical aid could reach him. It is believed that a severe bout of Malaria which he contracted at Komatipoort a few years previously contributed to his death. At the time of his death he was aged 34 years.

 

Neitz, Prof, Wilhelm Otto Daniel Martin (17/11/1906 - 18/8/1979)

Born at Potgieterus on 17/11/1906 he graduated BVSc at the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort in December 1929. From 1930 to 1971 his work as Research Officer at Onderstepoort is legendary, eg.

  1. His work on the immunity of blue tongue led to the discovery of the multiplicity of strains of blue tongue virus.
  2. Developed blood vaccine against heartwater
  3. Discovered the efficiency of certain sulphonamides against heartwater.
  4. Discovered the schizonticidal effect of tetracyclines on T. parva.
  5. Discovered corridor disease is caused by T. lawrencei.
  6. Discovered that sweating sickness is caused by H. truncatum.

He served as Professor of Protozoology and virology at the Veterinary Faculty From 1948 to 1957 and as Professor of Protozoology from 1957 to 1967. Between 1927 and 1971 he published 133 scientific papers. During his lifetime he was awarded the following honours:-

  1. The Senior Captain Scott Memorial Medal of the S.A. Biological Society (1954)
  2. The Havenga Prize in 1957.
  3. The degree of Dr Med Vet (Hons) by the Tierärzliche Hochschule, Hanova 1963.
  4. The S.A. Medal of the S.A. Association for the Advancement of Science for 1970.
  5. The first Gold Medal of the S.A. Veterinary Association.
  6. The Elsdon-Dew Medal of the Medal of the Parasitological Society of Southern Africa (1975).

After his retirement in 1971 he was appointed Professor of Protozoology at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Rio de Janeiro and occupied this chair until his death on 18 August 1979.

 

Nels, Edmund Charles (8/9/1892 - 29/11/1976)

Born on 8/9/1892 he qualified MRCV (Edinburgh) on 15/12/1916. After practicing in Cape Town he was appointed as the Second director of the Cape Town (Maitland) Abattoir on 10/7/1937 in succession to J. Forrest. He served in this capacity until he retired on 8/9/1952. He died on 29/11/1976. Muncipal records reveal that he earned the following wages p.a.:-

1938 - £750; 1939 - £1200; 1944 to 1946 - £1250; 1947 - £1800; to 1949 - £1860; 1950 to 1952 - £1920. These records also reveal that eh was on sick leave for 66 days (30/3/1942 to 3/6/1942) for reasons of "Anthrax disease contracted in execution of duties". He was succeeded as Director of the Cape Town (Maitland) Abattoir by B. Horwitz. At the time of his death he was living at "Tembani". Oakley Road, Rondebosch. He previously lived at "Dinton", Malcolm Road Rondebosch, "Aylestone", Milner Road, Rondebosch and "Vredehof", Milner Road, Rodebosch.

 

Neser, Professor Christian Petrus (31/5/1889 - 17/6/1929)

Born on 31/5/1889 at Venterstad, he lost his father in 1897 and with his mother was imprisoned in the concentration camp Norval's Pont during the Boer War. Thereafter he joined the Post Office at Wepener in 1903. In 1906 he returned to school to complete his education. In 1910 he graduated BA at the University of Cape Town. He received his MRCV at Dublin on 12/7/1919, completing the four course in 3 years. In 1920 he was appointed Research Officer at Onderstepoort and served for a short while at Allerton Laboratory (1922 - 1924) as officer in charge of the laboratory. In 1920 he was also appointed the first lecturer of medicine in the newly formed Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort and was succeeded by Professor P J J Fourie. In 1921 he was awarded the DSc degree by the University of South Africa for his thesis "The blood of Equines". Between obtaining his BA degree in 1910 and qualifying from Dublin in 1919 he worked at the Simmer and Jack Mine for a while and then took up teaching. Later he did survey work for the SAR in Natal and was involved with the survey of the Swarkops deviation in Pietermaritzburg. He died on 17/6/1929. He is reported to have been a drug addict all his life and that in fact died from an overdose of morphine. His death took place in the rear west bedroom of the house at Onderstepoort later occupied for 23 years by Professor J D W a Coles. As a student he won both the William's Memorial Prize and the Walley Memorial Prize in 1919.

 

Nelson David, Gordon (// - 9/6/1996)

David Gordon Nelson, MRCVS, who died shortly after his seventieth birthday at Tall Trees, Bembridge on the Isle of Wight on 9 June 1996. 

David qualified at the Royal Veterinary College in 1954. He had worked in Ghana and Tanzania for many years until he came to South Africa where he worked as a state veterinarian in Worcester and Cape Town. 

He retired early due to failing health and settled on the Isle of Wight with his wife Paula.

David was known and loved for his dedicated work, his precise administration rind his British humour.

 

Neser Michael Mozes (8/9/1896 - 20/4/1946)

Born Hanover (Cape) on 8/9/1896 he was in the union Defence Force in 1914 when rebellion broke out and was taken prisoner of war for a short time. During the period 1916 to 1919 he served as a clerk at Onderstepoort, but then proceeded to Ireland and obtained his MRCV diploma at Dublin on 26 July 1923. On his return to South Africa he was appointed as Government Veterinary Officer at Umtata and later served at Louis Trichardt (from 12/11/1928), Piet Refief and Dundee. In 1934 he was appointed Senior Veterinary Officer in charge of South West Africa in place of A McNae. In 1938 due to poor health he took demotion to the post of Government Veterinary Officer, Pretoria. He died on 29/4/1946 of Tuberculosis.

 

Newcombe, H H

During the Boer War he saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. After the war he returned to England.

 

Newman William (172 - 16/3/1939)

He qualified MRCVS (Edinburgh) on 21/12/1896 and first served as Veterinary Officer in the Cape Mounted Riflemen. For a short period during 1897/1898 being stationed at Umtata where he contributed an article "Biliary Fever At the Cape" to Vol. P672 of the Veterinary Record dated 21/5/1898. Although there is no doubt that he was a qualified veterinarian there is some doubt as to whether he was officially appointed as a Veterinary Officer. The reason for this statement is that in O.C. CMR's Report for 1897, Col. Dalgety refers to Anthrax Inoculations Being "carried out by Private Newman who is qualified Veterinary Surgeon"….he also saw service during the Boer War in Bethune's Mounted Infantry, but not as a Veterinary Officer. After the war he served as Veterinary Officer to the S.A. Constabulary. He died on 16/3/1939 at the age of 67 years.

 

Newsom, A, C, C.M.G., C.B.E. ( - 20/1/1936)

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 6/7/1887 and saw service as a Regular A.V.D. officer with the Army Veterinary Department in South Africa (Natal) from 1/10/1897 to 31/12/1903. Arriving in South Africa from India, where he had taken part in the Chitral Campaign of 1895, he founded no. 6 Veterinary Field Hospital, Pietermaritzburg and served there under P.V.O. F.F. Crawford. In 1900 he was granted 6 months leave to England. He died in Pietermaritzburg on 20/1/1936.

 

Nicholas, J, O.B.E ( - 29/9/1925)

He qualified MRCVS (London) on 18/7/1901 and served and served in south Africa for an unknown period of time with the Army Veterinary Department during the Boer War. He subsequently returned to South Africa for a second tour of duty from 16/5/1903 to 10/3/1908. He died in India on 29/9/1925.

 

Nicol John (1886 - 24/11/1955)

He qualified MRCVS (Edinburgh) on 25/5/1910 and came to South Africa the same year to take up an appointment in the Government Service. He was first stationed at Cape Town under the tutorship of R W Dixon (S.V.O.) Thereafter he served at Umtata and from 1912 at King Williamstown. On 3/2/1928 he returned to Umtata. During World War I he served as a Major in the SAVC and was on active service in the East Africa Campaign. After the War he returned to the Eastern Cape and East Coast Fever control, being stationed at East London, where he was promoted to the rank of S.V.O. in charge of the Eastern Cape Division in 1933 in succession to G.W. Freer. He remained in that post until he retired in 1947. After retirement he was re-employed on a temporary basis in Control of smear examination at the East London office. He died at East London on 24/11/1955 aged 69 years.

 

Nicol William Hutton O.B.E. ( -5/9/1949)

He qualified MRCV (Edinburgh) on 30/3/1896 and saw service with the Army Veterinary Department in South Africa from 15/4/1902 to 13/10/1902. After service he returned to England. He died at Bournemouth on 5/9/1949. It is recorded in the Vet Record of Albert Dock on Tuesday 24/4/1900.

 

Nilsen, Chrsitian Tunnacliffe (25/7/1905 - 3/9/1980)

Born on 25/7/1905 he obtained his BVSc Degree in June 1931 at the Veterinary Faculty, Ondesterpoort after having written his matric at Kingswood College, Grahamstown in 1932. After qualifying as a veterinarian he farmed and practiced for a while before joining the Northern Rhodesia Veterinary Department where he served as Government Veterinary Officer at Fort Jameson. During this time he represented the Northern Rhodesian Government on the Rinderpest control team in Tanganyika. In 1937 he married Sheila Nilsen (a cousin). He subsequently transferred to the Swaziland Government Veterinary Department, but resigned in favour of operating a hotel and farming. On 7/8/1963 he joined the Veterinary Division and served as State Veterinarian Eshowe until his retirement in 1971. He died in September 1980.

 

Norgate, Charles Edward

He qualified MRCVS (Edinburgh) on 21/5/1895 and during the Boer War saw service in South Africa for an unknown period of time as a Civil Veterinarian attached to the Army Veterinary Department. After the war he returned to England. His name was removed from the RCVS register at his own request on 28/5/1925.

 

Nunn, Joshua Arher C.B. C.I.E. D.S.O. (10/5/1853 - 23/2/1908)

Born at Hill Castle, Wesford on 10/5/1853. He qualified MRCVS (London) in January 1877. He joined the A.V.D. the same year and saw service in Afghanistan in 1878 and the Chin-Lushai expedition on 1889 to 1890 (awarded D.S.O.). From 1890 to 1896 he was principal of the Punjab Veterinary College. Following on heavy losses amongst army horses he was transferred to South Africa from his Army Veterinary Department post as Assistant Superintendent of horse breeding and inspector under the contagious diseases (animals) Act in the Punjab to under take studies in Horsesickness. First, however, he underwent specialised training and even spent time at Pasture's laboratory. He thereafter spent two tours of duty in South Africa, viz. from 10/12/1886 to 10/10/1888 and from 9/8/1905 to 20/6/1906. During these tours his studies were largely conducted in Natal and lead to the publication of three reports. The first report dated 14/9/1887 stated that he could not confirm the popular belief that Anthrax and Horsesickness were the same disease. In his second Report dated 13/6/1888 he confirmed his belief that the two disease were separate and distinct. By the time his third report was issued he had reverted to Rutherford;s idea that the two diseases were one, but that there were four distinct manifestations thereof.

During his second tour f duty in South Africa he served as Principal Veterinary Officer A.V.D. (Ve'y Colonel) in Pretoria from 1905 to 1906 in succession to Sir Frederick Smith. After his departure for England in 1906 he was succeeded as P.V.O. by L.J. Blenkinsop. For his services in India (1890 - 1896) he was awarded the C.I.E. (Commnader of the India Empire) after his retirement from the British Army he qualified ad a Barriaster and in addition translated from the French a standard work entitled ˜Disease of the Mammary Gland.˜ He also Became the author of the ˜Manual of Toxicology ˜. He died at Oxford on 23/2/1908.

 

Nuthal, Charles Edwin C.B., C.M.G. (1862 - 6/4/1943)

He obtained his MRCVS (London) on 23/3/1883. During the period 19/9/1913 to 19/9/1914 he served as Assistant Director of Veterinary Services, Transvaal (previously as P.V.O.) of the A.V.D. in succession to A F Appleton. As A.D.V.S. he held the rank of Vet'y Liet Colonel and had his headquarters at the Artillery Barracks in Pretoria. He died on 6/4/1943 aged 81 years.