Biography of Mirrlees Chassels
GUAC swimming section, men 1935-6
Mirrlees Ramsay Chassels (1914–2008) was born in Motherwell, son of James, a spirit merchant in Glasgow. He matriculated in medicine at the University of Glasgow in 1934 and graduated MB ChB in 1939.
Chassels was an outstanding swimmer. Before he attended the University he was selected to represent Scotland at the 1934 British Empire Games in London. There he won a silver medal in the 330 yards medley relay and a bronze in the 800 yards freestyle relay. In 1935 he was awarded Full Blues by the University and for the British team for the World University Games in Budapest.
During the Second World War, Chassels served with the medical branch of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (later the Royal Auxiliary Air Force). He remained in the Reserve until 1959 when he resigned his commission as a Squadron Leader but retained his rank.
Besides being a great swimmer, Chassels also competed in car races, winning a silver cup in 1937, In 2008, he assisted the Bo’ness Hill Climb Revival in the role of course doctor when he was no longer able to race.
Chassels later took a diploma in public health and pursued his medical career in Glasgow. He married Isobel Mabel Black in 1940. They had two daughters and two sons.