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Biographical entry Grime, Roland Thompson (1916 - 2012)

MB ChB Manchester 1939; FRCS 1947; ChM 1955.

18 July 1916
Cheadle Hume, Cheshire
18 August 2012
Morfa Nefyn, Gwynedd
General surgeon


Roland Thompson Grime was a consultant general surgeon in Stockport. He was born in Cheadle Hume, Cheshire, on 18 July 1916, the son of Horace Grime, who was in the cotton trade, and Lily Grime née Thompson. He was educated at Ellesmere College, Shropshire, and then studied medicine at Manchester University, graduating MB ChB in 1939.

After a house surgeon post, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1940 and served throughout the Second World War in Ireland, India, Egypt and Italy. He became a major and a specialist in blood transfusion and resuscitation, and was mentioned in despatches.

Following his demobilisation in 1946 he trained as a general surgeon in Manchester. From 1950 to 1971 he was a consultant surgeon at Ashton-under-Lyne, and then, from 1971 to 1981, he was a consultant at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport.

A fellow of Manchester Medical Society, he was president of the section of surgery from 1977 to 1978. He was chairman of the surgical training committee in the Manchester region from 1975 to 1980, and a member of the Medical Appeals Tribunal in Manchester from 1977 to 1984.

Once he retired he moved to Nefyn, north Wales. He married Mary Diana Eastburn in 1942. She predeceased him in 1993. They had two sons, Stephen and John.

Roland Thompson Grime died on 18 August 2012, aged 96.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2012 345 8041].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England