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Biographical entry Jones, Oswald Meredith (1863 - 1918)

MRCS June 27th 1887; FRCS June 13th 1889; LRCP Lond 1888.

Llandilo, Wales
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
General surgeon


Born at Llandilo, South Wales, in 1863; educated at the Bristol Grammar School and at the London Hospital, which he entered as a student in 1884. After qualifying he was appointed Medical Out-patient Clinical Assistant and House Surgeon to Waren Tay. He was also Clinical Assistant at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital. In August, 1889, by the advice of Sir Andrew Clark, he entered the Royal Naval Medical Service, being placed fourth in the competitive examination, and was appointed Surgeon to HMS Warspite (Flagship). He went later to Victoria, BC, where he entered into partnership with Dr Dovie. Ultimately he practised alone, and acquired a wide reputation as a surgeon in the Colony and on the Pacific Coast, where he was the acknowledged leader of the profession in the Province, his influence in all questions affecting practice or ethics being of the highest. He served on the Canadian Council and on that of the British Columbian College of Physicians and Surgeons, and was President of the latter body a few years before his death. He was also an Examiner in Surgery, and served on the Military Pensions Commission, being appointed Government Surgeon for Invalid Soldiers. His important work in this last connection was honorary, but the returned soldiers found in him a devoted friend, who was at once genial, sympathetic, skilful, and just. He practised at 711 Fort Street, Victoria, and at the time of his death was Visiting Physician to the Provincial Royal Jubilee Hospital as well as Surgeon for Invalid Soldiers.

He married a daughter of a well-known mining engineer, James Brady, of Victoria, BC, and was survived by her, three daughters, and two sons, the eldest of whom, a second-year medical student, served in France with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Jones was a loyal Welshman, well known to the Welsh of the Colony, of whose Cymrodorion Society he was at one time President. After a residence of twenty-seven years in British Columbia, he died in harness in Victoria on April 3rd, 1918.

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