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Biographical entry Marks, Alexander Hammett (1880 - 1954)

Born
6 August 1880
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died
18 January 1954
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Physician

Summary

Alexander Hammett Marks was a medical practitioner in Brisbane and held various positions, including senior gynaecologist, at the Brisbane General Hospital from 1919 to 1930. Marks helped save hundreds of lives during World War I where he served as commander and Medical Officer for many military divisions. During the Second World War, he acted as Chair and Queensland Controller of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Marks was awarded many honours for his war time service including an appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Details

Events

1904 -
Career position - Set up a private practice, specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, at Wickham Terrace, Queensland
1905
Education - Doctor of Medicine (MD) completed at Trinity College, Dublin
1909 - 1927
Career position - Council member of the British Medical Association, Queensland branch
1911
Career position - Captain in the Australian Army Medical Corps attached to the 2nd Brigade
1914
Career position - President of the British Medical Association, Queensland branch
1914 - c. 1916
Career position - Regimental Medical Officer in the Australian Imperial Force with the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade in Egypt and Gallipoli
1915
Career position - Appointed Major in the Australian Imperial Force
1916
Award - Distinguished Service Order (DSO) received
1916 - 1917
Career position - Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in command of the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance
February 1916 - December 1916
Career position - Deputy Assistant Director of Medical Services of the 4th Division
March 1917
Career position - Invalided to England then formed and commanded the 16thAustralian Field Ambulance for the 16th Brigade in England (seven months)
October 1917 - September 1918
Career position - Returned to France in October to run the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station
1918
Award - French Croix de Guerre received
1918 - 1919
Career position - Appointed Colonel and Assistant Director of Medical Services of the 1st Division
1919
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1919
Career position - Returned to Australia and re-established his medical practice
1919 - 1930
Career position - Honorary Radiologist, Junior Physician, then Junior then Senior Gynaecologist at Brisbane General Hospital
1921 - 1938
Career position - Deputy Director of Medical Services of the 1st Division in Australia, part-time position
1923 - 1934
Career position - President of the Australasian Trained Nurses' Association
1931 - 1946
Career position - President of the Medical Defence Society of Queensland
c. 1940 - c. 1950
Career position - Senior Medical Officer of the Australian Mutual Provident Society

Published resources

Book Sections

  • McIntyre, Darryl, 'Marks, Alexander Hammet (1880-1945), Medical Practitioner and Soldier', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, pp. 409-410. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100398b.htm. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.