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Biographical entry Walker, Victor Gordon (1919 - 2004)

MRCS and FRCS 1948; MB BS Melbourne 1942; DL; LRCP 1948.

Melbourne, Australia
23 July 2004
General surgeon


Gordon Walker was a consultant surgeon on the Isle of Wight. He was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1919. He studied medicine at Melbourne University, qualifying in 1942. Shortly afterwards, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a medical officer and was posted to the UK, attached to RAAF Spitfire Squadron 453. In 1944 he took part in the D-day landings on an American tank landing craft.

After the war, he was demobilised in London, passed his primary and became house surgeon to Ian Aird at the Hammersmith Hospital. He attended lectures at the College and passed the FRCS in 1947. He was resident surgical officer in Colchester and registrar at St George’s Hospital.

He was appointed as a consultant surgeon on the Isle of Wight. He was also surgeon to the prisons on the island and to the Osborne House Convalescent Home. He held these positions for the next 30 years. He was Chairman of the Wessex regional health board and a fundraiser for the Police Convalescent and Rehabilitation Trust, helping to establish a series of convalescent homes in the south of England.

He was elected to the Court of Examiners in 1970 and was one of the first members of the Surgical 60 Club. In 1979, he went to Damam, Saudi Arabia, to help set up the surgical wing of the Abdulla Fuad Hospital. A year later he returned to Saudi Arabia to teach surgery in Dharan. He finally retired in 1982.

He married Judith in 1947. They had four children and five grandchildren. He died from bronchopneumonia on 23 July 2004.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2004 329 576, with portrait.].

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