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Biographical entry England, William (1823 - 1903)

MRCS Dec 3rd 1847; FRCS Dec 10th 1863; LSA 1848; MA Edin; MD 1847.

Dudley, Staffordshire, UK
16 December 1903
General surgeon


Born at Dudley, Staffordshire, and was educated at the University of Edinburgh. He was House Surgeon to Sir James Simpson, and witnessed the first operation under chloroform. On leaving Edinburgh he practised at Chesterfield, Derbyshire, where he was Surgeon to the Hospital and Dispensary. He then practised at Torquay and was Physician to the Torbay Infirmary.

In 1863 he removed to Winchester, where he remained in practice until his retirement in 1892. He was Physician, then Surgeon, and finally Consulting Surgeon, to the Royal Hants County Hospital and retained this position to the last. In 1884 he presided over the Southern Branch of the British Medical Association, and for some twenty years was Surgeon to the Hants Carabineer Yeomanry Cavalry.

He was a sound, successful practitioner, well known as a consultant in the County of Hants, and universally esteemed and valued ; he never spared himself in his work, and was always cheery and courteous. Full of energy and activity, he was at one time much on horseback and rode well to hounds. He became a cyclist at the advanced age of 74. After his retirement he resided at Romsey Road, West Hayes. He married in 1857. His death on Dec 16th, 1903, was due to enteric fever caused by eating contaminated oysters at a Mayoral banquet on Nov 10th. He was, indeed, the first victim in a small outbreak which also carried off the Dean of Winchester.

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