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Biographical entry Fulford, John Collett (1919 - 1997)

MRCS LRCP 1942; MB BCh Birmingham 1942; FRCS 1948.

22 May 1997
Accident and emergency surgeon and General surgeon


John Collett Fulford was a consultant surgeon and director of the accident and emergency department at Birmingham General Hospital. He was born in Birmingham in 1919 and studied medicine at Birmingham University, qualifying with first class honours in 1942 with prizes for being the best student in the final examinations and over the degree course.

He then joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and landed in Normandy on the day after D Day. Later in the Second World War he was a medical officer to the Parachute Regiment.

He trained as a resident surgical officer and surgical registrar at the General Hospital in Birmingham before being appointed to his consultant post.

He and his wife Ruth had a small farm and were prize-winning breeders and exhibitors of ponies and dogs. John Collett Fulford died in his sleep on 22 May 1997 and was survived by his wife, three daughters and eight grandchildren.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 1997 315 1382].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England