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Biographical entry Bunting, William (1936 - 2010)

MRCS 1961; FRCS 1967; MB BS London 1961; LRCP 1961.

11 October 1936
Grasmere, Lake District
19 August 2010
Orthopaedic surgeon and Trauma surgeon


William (Bill) Bunting was a consultant and trauma surgeon in south Somerset. He was born in Grasmere in the Lake District on 11 October 1936. Originally he trained as a mining engineer but broke his hip through falling down a mineshaft and was advised that that was the end of his mining career. He turned to medicine and, influenced by a surgeon who treated him at Guy's, became interested in specialising in orthopaedics. One of his fellow students at Guy's commented that he was often in pain from the hip fracture but never complained.

After leaving Guy's he did his senior registrar training at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital in Exeter which included a year's secondment to Truro. In Cornwall he was especially impressed by Robert Robins who had a particular interest in hand surgery, a skill which Bill proceeded to acquire. In 1971 he moved to Taunton to take up a consultant orthopaedic post. He had a reputation as an excellent surgeon who enjoyed teaching and was greatly appreciated by his junior staff. He was a member of the BOA.

On retirement from the NHS he busied himself with medico-legal work. He had met his first wife, Sheila, on one of his admissions to casualty relating to his mining accident. She was a policewoman who had suffered a skull fracture in a car chase. They adopted two sons. With his second wife he had two more sons and she survived him when he died of motor neurone disease on 19 August 2010, aged 73 years.

Tina Craig

Sources used to compile this entry: [Guy's year of 1961].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England