Francis Bramall Metcalfe

in College 1913-16 (Senior Student 1916); son of the late Peter Metcalfe (Resident Medical Officer, Norfolk Island) and Janet Anne Metcalfe; at school at King’s; MB MS.

Captain, Australian Army Medical Corps, AIF (and temporary Captain in the British Army); died of wounds, London, 6 October 1917, aged 26.

Obituary in The Pauline, by his friend Wilfred Nickson:

Francis Bramall Metcalfe … embarked on active service in January, 1917. He proceeded almost immediately to France, where he was attached first to the 10th Field Ambulance, and then 35th Battalion as R.M.O. During ten days’ leave in London he was compelled to enter Wandsworth Hospital with a septic knee. It was found necessary to amputate the leg, but despite this he died soon after admission in October, 1917. The shock which the news of his death caused was accentuated by it coming so soon after his embarkation.

Those of us who were privileged to know “Joe” intimately can fully appreciate the loss suffered by the College, the University, and the State, for through his force of character and genial disposition he was bound to have had a most successful career as a medical practitioner. During his residence in College he endeared himself to all with whom he came in contact by his bright, cheerful, and unselfish nature.