Biographical entry Jeffries, Lewis Wibmer (1884 - 1971)
- 9 August 1884
- 6 October 1971
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- Physician, Surgeon and Military doctor
Lewis Wibmer Jeffries was a leading Adelaide general practitioner and decorated war-time surgeon. Serving in the Australian Imperial Force from 1914 to 1920, Jefferies worked in France, Egypt, Gallipoli and London. From 1933-47 he was appointed Inspector General of hospitals in South Australia, which included chairmanship of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Board. Jeffries was acting medical officer for the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service until his death in 1971.
Jeffries graduated from Medicine at the University of Adelaide in 1907. He spent the next 6- 7 years working at various hospitals around the world including Kadina, South Australia; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, United States of America; Children's Hospital, London, United Kingdom; and the Church Missionary Society Hospital, Kashmir. When war broke out in 1914 Jeffries promptly joined the Australian Imperial Force where he served for 6 years. This culminated in Jeffries being appointed lieutenant-colonel and assistant Director of medical services Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, London c1918-1920. Upon his return to Adelaide in 1920, Jeffries went back to general practice and held many prestigious positions, including Inspector General of hospitals in South Australia (1933-47). 1951 saw Jeffries return to the armed forces as camp hospital commander (1951-c1953). Jeffries once again returned to Adelaide where he died in 1971.
- 1900 - 1902
- Education - Studied at Prince Alfred College. Location: Adelaide, South Australia
- 1903 - 1907
- Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Adelaide. Location: Adelaide, South Australia
- 1914 - 1915
- Career position - Captain in the Australian Army Medical Corps
- 1914 - 1920
- Career position - Military service with the Australian Imperial Force
- Award - Distinguished Service Order (DSO) received
- December 1916 - January 1918
- Career position - Major with the 12th Field Ambulance
- 20 December 1917
- Life event - Married Shirley Frances Singleton. Location: St George's Church, Bloomsbury, London
- 1918? - 1920?
- Career position - Leutenant-Colonel and Assistant Director of Medical Services at the Australian Imperial Force Headquarters in London
- Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
- 1920 - 1932
- Career position - General Practitioner. Location: South Australia
- 1933 - 1947
- Career position - Inspector General of Hospitals in South Australia and Chair of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Board. Location: South Australia
- 1950? - 1971
- Medical Officer for the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service. Location: South Australia
- 1951 - 1953?
- Career position - Commander at the army camp hospital. Location: Korea?
Australian War Memorial Research Centre
- Lewis Wibmer Jeffries - Records; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details
Private hands (Jeffries, J.S.)
- Lewis Wibmer Jeffries - Records, 1884 - 1971; Private hands (Jeffries, J.S.). Details
- Gurner, C. M., 'Jeffries, Lewis Wibmer (1884-1971), Medical Practitioner and Soldier', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, pp. 475-476. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090467b.htm. Details
Created: 20 October 1993, Last modified: 4 February 2010
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