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Biographical entry Eastes, Thomas (1850 - 1928)

MRCS July 22nd 1872; FRCS June 10th 1875; MD Lond 1875; LSA 1872.

17 December 1850
8 August 1928
Folkestone, Kent, UK
General surgeon


The second son of Sylvester Eastes, who practised at Folkestone in Kent for about forty-five years. He was born on Dec 27th, 1850, was educated at Epsom College and then went to Guy's Hospital, where he filled the offices of House Surgeon, House Physician, and Resident Obstetric Assistant. He graduated at London University with first-class honours in medicine and obstetrics at the MB in 1874, and gained the Gold Medal at the MD examination in 1875. He then settled at Folkestone, where he obtained the leading practice, was Surgeon to the Victoria Hospital, becoming the first Consulting Surgeon; President of the South-Eastern branch of the British Medical Association; President (1892-1905) of the Folkestone Natural History and Microscopical Society, and a member of the Society of Medical Phonographers.

In conjunction with his elder brother, Dr George Eastes (qv), of London, he was active in perpetuating the connection with Folkestone of the memory of Dr William Harvey, the discoverer of the circulation of the blood. The memorial took the form of a statue by Mr A B Joy which was unveiled and presented to the town by Professor Richard Owen (qv) on Aug 6th, 1871.

He married Alice Elizabeth, second daughter of the Rev A H Rumboll, Vicar of Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex, but there were no children of the marriage. He died at Manor Road, Folkestone, on Aug 8th, 1928, and was buried in the Folkestone Cemetery.

Eastes had more than a local reputation and might have been appointed Obstetric Physician to Guy's Hospital had he not preferred to carry on his father's practice at Folkestone. For many years he found time for wide reading, and being of regular habits he devoted one hour daily to general literature and a second hour to recent advances in medicine, surgery, and midwifery. His devotion to his church was extraordinary, and he seldom allowed his medical work to interfere with his attendance at both the Sunday services at Christ Church, where he read the Lessons regularly for forty years. He was correct and precise to a fault and was intolerant of slang. So long as he was in practice he retained his carriage - though a motor-car would have saved him much time - not because he preferred it, but because he was unwilling to discharge the faithful coachman who had been in his service for many years. His recreations were travel, natural history, and cricket.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Folkestone Herald, 1928, Aug. 11. Additional information kindly given by Mrs. Eastes and his nephew, G. Leslie Eastes, Esq., M.B].

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