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Biographical entry Piggott, Harry (1925 - 2009)

MB BChir Cambridge 1948; FRCS 1955.

16 December 1925
Kilburn, Derbyshire
28 May 2009
Orthopaedic surgeon


Harry Piggott was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and Birmingham Children's Hospital. He was born in Kilburn, Derbyshire, on 16 December 1925, the only child of John Henry Piggott, a miner, and Elizabeth Piggott née Barrett, the daughter of a potter. He was educated at Kilburn Village School and Herbert Strutt Grammar School in Belper, Derbyshire, and went on to study medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School. He qualified MB BChir in 1948.

He held house posts at St Thomas' Hospital and then carried out his National Service in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He spent two years in Libya and Egypt as medical officer to the 16th and 5th Lancers.

After he returned he began to train in general surgery, but soon decided to specialise in orthopaedics. He was a registrar at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and then a senior registrar at Middlesex Hospital. He was appointed as a consultant to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham in 1963, and two years later joined the staff of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and Birmingham Children's Hospital. He was a clinical lecturer in orthopaedics and a postgraduate clinical tutor at the University of Birmingham. He retired in 1987 and subsequently developed a successful medico-legal practice.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed gardening, mountain walking and the theatre, especially opera and Shakespeare.

He married Doreen Emily House in 1948. In his later years he cared for Doreen, and they eventually moved into a care home together. Predeceased by his wife, Harry Piggott died on 28 May 2009, aged 83. He was survived by their son and daughter, and four grandchildren.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2010 340 1419].

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