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Letter 1 from Donald Duff Collection

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Donald Duff, Mick Tighe

Creator History
Donald Duff was born in Edinburgh in 1893. He graduated from Edinburgh University as a doctor in 1916 and within weeks was working as a surgeon in a field hospital at the Somme. Later as a captain in the R.A.M.C. he was awarded the Military Cross. He was appointed Surgeon Superindendant at the Belford Hospital, Fort William in 1945 and it was then he embarked on a distinguished career in the pioneering days of Mountain Rescue.In 1945 he formed the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and took part in countless rescues on both Ben Nevis and in Glencoe. He patented his own stretcher in 1946. The Duff Stretcher was probably the greatest landmark in Mountain Rescue technology. He often treated the casualities he had helped to rescue and in 1956 he received the M.B.E. for services to medicine. In the 50's Duff ran training exercises in Glen Nevis and on the local hills and his work on hypothermia and other cold injuries helped educate a new generation of hillwalkers. He died in 1968.

Acquisition Source
Collected by Mick Tighe over the years when researching Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team. Also from correspondance with Janet Duff

Access Conditions
This collection is open for consultation. Readers are advised to contact the Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection in advance of their visit in order to make an appointment.

Reproduction Conditions
Most items are copyright protected. Contact copyright holder for permission to use.


In compliance with ISAD (G); General International Standard of Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); Library of Congress Authorities: provided online by The Library of Congress, date, National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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