James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Return, OBE & later life

For his selfless and unstinting work whilst a prisoner of war, Donald was awarded the O.B.E. as announced in the London Gazette:

CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD.
St. James's Palace, S.W.I., 1st October. 1946.
The KING has been .graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of gallant and distinguished services rendered whilst prisoners of war in Japanese hands: —
To be Additional Officers of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:— ....
Acting Wing Commander Donald MAGRATH, M.B., Ch.B., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., D.Ph. (14070), R.A.F.

Donald returned to his position at Botleys Park where he became Deputy Medical Superintendent. He continued to emphasise and encourage the need for physical training for patients, as well as occupational therapy; the hospital maintains an innovative approach to therapy to this day. With his colleague, Dr. Muller, he explored the potential use of orthopaedic surgery for various disabilities.

He was for a while Assistant Medical Officer at Caterham Mental Hospital. He retired in 1962 but in 1969 felt moved to write this letter to the British medical Journal

In retirement he and Isabella lived in Poole in Dorset where he enjoyed gardening and played the piano. He was also assistant treasurer to the local church council. Donald died on 22 May 1987, aged 88, and Isabella died on Sunday, 20 December 1998.

They are survived by their son and his family and by the family of their daughter, Anne Cameron Magrath (22 November 1939 - 7 August 1971) who did not live to see her children grow up; she was an SRN who died of cancer, aged thirty.