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Biographical entry Moreton, James Earl (1831 - 1914)

MRCS April 11th 1853; FRCS Dec 14th 1865; LSA 1853.

Minshull Vernon, Cheshire
5 December 1914
General surgeon


Born at Minshull Vernon, Cheshire; he went to Dr Bradley's school at Tarvin. In 1848-1849 he was apprenticed to his uncle, Dr Briscoe Earle, of Tarvin, who, being in practice prior to 1815, became automatically qualified. Moreton remembered being once chloroformed during his apprenticeship by way of experiment, shortly after the introduction of that anaesthetic. He then entered St Thomas's Hospital and lived in the College in Dean Street, South; there he distinguished himself by gaining the Gold and Cheselden Medals in 1853. He was also House Surgeon at St Thomas's. Sir Thomas Boor Crosby (qv) was his contemporary, and became his lifelong friend. Another friend was Dr Edward Westall, of Croydon, who obtained the Lambeth MD for attending on the Archbishop's household.

In 1854 Moreton became House Surgeon to Chester Infirmary, then to the Stafford General Hospital; among the pupils was Reginald Harrison (qv), the son of the Hospital Chaplain. In 1857 Moreton joined his uncle, Briscoe Earle, in practice at Tarvin and continued there until 1898. He acted as District Medical Officer of the Great Broughton Union and District Surgeon of the West Cheshire Railway; Assistant Surgeon to the Earl of Chester's Yeomanry Cavalry; Surgeon to the Cheshire Rifle Association; and for a time he was President of the Chester Medical Society.

On his retirement in 1898 he first lived at Kelsall. He married in 1858 Miss Janet Steel, and had by her four daughters, two of whom survived him, and Thomas William Earle Moreton, who joined his father in practice in 1890. On the death of Mrs Moreton he returned to Tarvin, where he died on Dec 5th, 1914. His photograph is in the Fellows' Album.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit Med Jour, 1914, ii, 1091].

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