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Charles Kenneth Gilkes

Admitted to:

RAF Stradishall SSQ. Newmarket Hospital (08/09/43) and RAF Hospital Ely (09/09/43).

Date of Injury:

08/09/1943

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

6/2/1923 (21)

Cause of Incident:

Crashed on landing in a Stirling . Possible Enemy Action.

Transferred to QVH:

03/05/1944

Injuries:

Burns to face, hands and legs

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

5



IDENTITY CARD

This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.


Forename:

Charles Kenneth

Surname:

Gilkes

Service No:

420656

Nationality:

Australian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

PHU, RAF Morecambe

Profession:

---

Patient Rank:

FS

Death:

July, 2014

Age at Death:

91yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Known as 'Ken'

Glossary:

PHU - Personnel Holding Unit
SSQ - Station Sick Quarters

Further Reading:

'Ken Gilkes Married', The Guinea Pig, April 1949, pp. 8-9.
'McIndoe's Army' by Edward Bishop, p. 133.
'McIndoe's Army' by William and Harrison, pp. 140-141.

References:

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/obituaries/ken-gilkes--the-last-of-the-australian-guinea-pigs-20141107-11ipek.html



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.39 - black and white headshot of Gilkes
EGRTM 2773.394 - progress photographs of Gilkes' treatment, March 1944.