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Lieutenant Colonel Harold Mellor Fort, M.B., Ch.B., T.D.
Royal Army Medical Corps

by
Lieutenant Colonel Edward De Santis 2008

Harold Mellor Fort graduated from the University of Manchester in 1900. Following his graduation he took up residence at 305 Park Road, Oldham, Manchester. Fort had a very interesting Army career. He served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps, as a line officer in an infantry battalion, and even served a stint with the Royal Engineers during the Great War of 1914-1918.

On the 8th of June 1912 Fort was appointed a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps. His first posting was as the Medical Officer of the 10th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment. On the 29th of November 1915 Fort joined the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps (Regimental Number 7918). He served in both No. 5 and No. 6 Companies of the Corps and on the 28th of August 1916 he was transferred to No. 14 Officer Cadet Battalion, Inns of Court O.T.C.

Fort was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment on the 22nd of November 1916. He was subsequently attached to the Royal Sussex Regiment and seconded to the Royal Engineers. His first posting during the war was in France. He was then assigned to Salonika where he served as a Surgical Specialist in the 21st Station Hospital. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the 10th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment on the 23rd of May 1918.

On the 7th of December 1919 Fort was promoted to the rank of Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was assigned as the Medical Officer of the 10th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration in the 1920's and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps on the 31st of October 1929. He retired from the Army in September of 1936.

REFERENCES:
1. Manchester University Roll of Service.
2. Inns of Court O.T.C. During the Great War.
3. Army Lists for 1915, 1920, 1926, 1930, and 1936.