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Biographical entry Denny, William Roy (1921 - 2008)

MRCS 1946; FRCS 1952; DLO 1950; LRCP 1946.

18 January 1921
Tadworth, Surrey, UK
20 March 2008
St Helier, Jersey, UK
ENT surgeon


William Denny was an ENT surgeon in St Helier, Jersey. He was born on 18 January 1921 at Arrathorne, Tadworth, Surrey, the son of James Risk Denny, who became a ship builder’s agent (Denny Brothers, Shipbuilders, Dunbarton) after leaving the Army. His mother was Nellie Scott née Roy. He was educated at Bilton Grange Preparatory School and Cheltenham College, from which he entered St Bartholomew’s Hospital. At that time early in the war the preclinical school was in Cambridge and he shared rooms there with the author Richard Gordon.

After qualifying and doing house jobs at St Bartholomew’s, he joined the RAMC and spent six months in Germany and then at Chester and Liverpool. On demobilization he specialized in ENT and completed registrar posts at the Middlesex and St Thomas’ hospitals. He was appointed consultant ENT surgeon at the General Hospital, St Helier, Jersey, where he was in partnership with Michael Messervy until he retired. Denny published on the diagnosis of acoustic neuroma, which in later life he diagnosed in himself and underwent successful surgery.

He married a Miss Blackbourn, whom he met when she was in the Land Army during the war. They had two sons, Hamish Roy Denny, a veterinary surgeon, and Peter William Denny. He was keen on gardening and landscaping. He died in Jersey on 20 March 2008, leaving seven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from Hamish Denny].

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