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Biographical entry Hind, Wheelton (1860 - 1920)

MRCS Nov 14th 1882; FRCS June 14th 1888; MB Lond (honours in obstetric and forensic medicine) 1883; BS (Hons) 1883; MD 1884.

21 June 1920
General surgeon and Geologist


Born at Roxeth, near Harrow, the third son of the Rev William Marsden Hind, at one time Rector of Hornington, Suffolk, and author of The Flora of Suffolk. He studied at Guy's Hospital, where he was House Surgeon and Resident Obstetric Physician. At the London University he won the Gold Medal and Scholarship in organic chemistry and gained 1st class honours in physiology. He then settled in practice at Stoke-on-Trent, was Surgeon to the North Stafford Infirmary and Eye Institution, Consulting Medical Officer to the Union Infirmary, Medical Officer to the North Stafford Deaf and Blind School, and Surgeon to the North Stafford Railway.

From the first he began researches into the geology of the district, and he published some eighty papers on the subject in the course of the following years. Richard Dixon Oldham, FRS, in his Presidential Address to the Geological Society in 1920, said: "Possessed of extraordinary energy and application, he attained eminence in his own profession and, as a by-product, threw off an amount of valuable geological work, which would have made a creditable life record for many an ordinary individual." He began by a search of the colliery pit banks for fossils whilst gathering what he could from miners as to their original position in strata. His first publication in 1887 was an account of "The Natural Features of Geology of Suffolk" in his father's work The Flora of Suffolk. Next in the Transactions of the North Staffordshire Naturalists' Field Club, he began his observations on the carboniferous rocks and their fauna. He distinguished the Rendleside series lying between the carboniferous limestone and the millstone grit. In the revision of stratigraphical series of life zones, he re-investigated the carboniferous Mollusca, and produced a monograph on the Lamellibranchiata. The bibliography of his geological works is contained in the Royal Society's Catalogue of Scientific Papers, 1916, xv. He was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society in 1891, received the Lyell Award and Medal in 1902, and the Keith Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1910.

At the outbreak of the War (1914-1918) he raised a battery of Garrison Artillery, recruiting his men in three weeks, brought them to a high state of efficiency, and led them to the Western Front, where the battery saw some hard fighting in important engagements. He was then transferred as Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel RAMC, in the Army Medical Service. He returned after four years' service, and died on June 21st, 1920, at Roxeth House, Stoke-on-Trent.

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