Dr Raymond Bencini Testaferrata was born in Rabat, Malta
in 1942. He was educated by the Jesuits at St. Aloysius
College and qualified as a doctor in 1967 at the Royal
University of Malta.
After house jobs at St. Luke's Hosptial in Malta, he
joined the British Royal Army Medical Corps in 1971
as a Captain. A quick posting to war-torn Northern Ireland
soon followed. Dr Bencini served in Cyprus during the
1974 coup d'etat and Turkish invasion. He was promoted
to Major in 1975.
Hitler's Deputy, Rudolf Hess was his patient at the
Allied Prison Spandau in Berlin 1976-9. Hess was a prisoner
of the victorious Allied Powers, since World War II.
Constant vigilance was needed in the Seventies in Germany.
The IRA and the German Baader-Meinhof terrorist organisations
were very active. Further promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel
took place in 1983.
He helped with the intensive medical preparation of
the British troops during the Falklands, Bosnia and
Gulf Wars. The chemical and biological warfare threats
were very real in the latter. Colonel Bencini was the
last Commanding Officer of the New Territories Group
Practice in Hong Kong, before it was handed over to
He took part and supplied medical cover for numerous
British Army exercises, scuba diving and snow skiing
As a GP Trainer, a GP and a Senior Medical Officer he
served in Germany, UK, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Belgium, USA,
Italy and Northern Ireland.
He obtained the Diploma in Child Health and Membership
of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the
UK. In 1981 he qualified as a GP Trainer of the British
Armed Forces General Practice Approval Board (ASGPAB).
In 1993 he won the prestigious RAMC John Fry Update
Award for excellence in General Practice. He is also
a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in London,
a Member of the British Medical Association, the Malta
College of Family Doctors and the Society of Medical
Writers in the UK.
After 27 years service he retired from the RAMC in
1998 as a full Colonel and returned to his birthplace.
is now a part-time GP and writer. He performs GP locums
for the British Army in the UK, Germany and even
as far away
as Brunei on the island of Borneo in Asia.
He is married to German-born Marlena and has two sons
and two daughters.