By the age of 23, Alex was a junior doctor, a British Army officer and a qualified paratrooper.
“Life was very much up for grabs for Alex and I doubt if I will ever know anyone else who made as much of his time as he did. The huge amount he accomplished in such a cruelly short life lies testament to this.” (Will, a close friend).
Alex’s all too brief life was a life well lived; crammed to the brim with adventure, achievement and fun. By the age of 23, he had achieved three of his greatest ambitions. He was a doctor, an officer in the British Army and he had gained his Paratrooper wings. He worked hard, but played even harder. Alex’s impulsive nature was, for many, his defining and most endearing characteristic. From impromptu and perilous climbing expeditions to dubious fancy dress parties, Alex was always the leading light and inspiration; living life to the full and ensuring mayhem wherever he was!
One of Alex’s great passions was travel, whether on horseback in the African bush, trekking in the Peruvian Andes or crossing certain middle eastern deserts in a taxi, he always made it his business to see and do as much in this world as he possibly could.
Alex was deeply committed to serving in the army. His achievements reflect his dedication; he participated in two Cambrian Patrols, qualified as a military parachutist, organised an expedition to Germany and gained a reputation for eating the most rations whilst on exercise.
His spirit of adventure was tempered by his totally committed and conscientious approach to medicine. Patients in his care benefited from his skill and thoroughness, but most importantly, from his inherent kind-heartedness.
Alex with Levison Wood on the rampage in the Middle East
Alex’s spirit, his sense of adventure and his passion for Africa is firmly embedded in AMECA. Alex looked at the impossible and achieved it; we try hard to live up to his outlook on life. Alex, you are much missed by so many, but you live on in all our hearts.