Shropshire Star

Gulf War medical mastermind dies at Shropshire home at the age of 81

Major General Robin Short, who as the UK's senior military medical planner handled the military's medical deployment during the first Gulf War in 1991, has died at his Shropshire home at the age of 81.

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Major-General Robin Short

In retirement he was a high profile champion of the needs of veterans and spoke up strongly on behalf of those complaining of "Desert Storm Syndrome" and PTSD.

He was the Director General Army Medical Services when the Royal Army Medical Corps celebrated its centenary in 1998 and skilfully and successfully guided the RAMC’s Colonel-in-Chief, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, through the celebrations that marked the event.

His latter years were spent in Shropshire, living in Prees, where he immersed himself in specialist animal breeding, and was also a keen gardener. He was a lifelong collector of cigarette cards, being the long-term chairman of the Cartophilic Society.

A thanksgiving service has been held at St Chad's Church, Prees.