At home with my parents and sisters Marlene, Frida and Denise (from left to right in the background)

My Assignment in Northern Ireland - 1972. "Captain Bencini reporting for duty, Sir!"

Marlena and I on our wedding day at the Imperial Hotel, Torquay, England

At my daughter Tara's wedding in Chippenham, Wilts, together with other family members.


About the Author
Colonel Dr Raymond Bencini Testaferrata

Colonel 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 China.

He took part and supplied medical cover for numerous British Army exercises, scuba diving and snow skiing expeditions worldwide.
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. He 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.