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Biographical entry Jaffray, Francis (1861 - 1919)

MRCS May 8th 1890; FRCS Dec 10th 1896; LRCP Lond 1890.

6 February 1861
20 May 1919
Fowey, Cornwall
General surgeon


Born on Feb 6th, 1861, the son of Archibald Jaffrey, of Adelaide, and was educated at St Peter's College, Adelaide. Dr C E Todd, who died in 1918, and Sir Edward C Stirling (qv), who died in March, 1919, an Australian, also educated at St Peter's College, had previously entered at St George's Hospital. Jaffray, after starting in business in the city, followed their example and entered St George's Hospital in 1885. There he was conspicuous as an athlete, was captain of the Rugby Football Team in 1888, helped to secure for St George's the inter-hospital Lawn Tennis Cup more than once, and was for some years Secretary of the Students' Club. He served as House Surgeon in 1891, also as Ophthalmic and Orthopaedic Assistant. From 1892-1897 he was Resident Medical Officer, later Superintendent and Visiting Surgeon, at the Atkinson Morley Convalescent Home, Wimbledon. In 1897 he was appointed Surgical Registrar and Demonstrator of Anatomy, in 1898 Assistant Surgeon to the hospital, in 1905 Surgeon. He also served in the following posts: Lecturer on Anatomy, Lecturer to the Nurses, Dean of the Medical School conjointly with Dr Arthur Latham, Surgeon to the Belgrave Hospital for Children, Surgeon to the National Industrial Home for Crippled Boys, Kensington, Secretary to the Society for the Study of Diseases of Children.

In 1914 ill health compelled him to resign from the active staff; he was appointed Consulting Surgeon and went to live at Fowey, Cornwall, where he so far recovered as to be able to act as Hon Secretary to the Cottage Hospital, and as Surgeon to the Fowey Auxiliary Hospital for wounded officers. He died at Cliff Lawn, Fowey, on May 20th, 1919.

Francis Jaffray was an efficient hospital surgeon, punctual and regular in attendance, careful in his work, sound as an operator, loyal to his colleagues, both on the senior and junior staff. His portrait is in St George's Hospital Gazette, xi.

"Case of Suppression of Urine." - Lancet, 1900, i, 612.
"Clinical Lecture on some Cases of Hernia." - Clinical Jour, 1899, xiv, 7.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit Med Jour, 1919, i, 695. Lancet, 1919, i, 953].

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