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Biographical entry Steedman, John Francis (1854 - 1925)

MRCS Nov 13th 1883; FRCS June 11th 1885; LSA 1883.

Arcall, Shropshire
14 February 1925
General surgeon


Born at Arcall, Shropshire, one of the large family of John Francis Steedman, of Wellingborough. He entered Shrewsbury School at Easter term, 1869, and left in 1871, intending to become a land agent. After a short time in this occupation he entered St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he was captain of the Rowing Club and soon showed himself to be good and keen at cricket and football, whilst as House Surgeon to John Langton (qv) he proved himself one of the best and most practical of Resident Officers. Returning to Shrewsbury he became House Surgeon to the Infirmary, and started to practise at High Arcall (or Ercall), Shropshire. After some years he joined the partnership of Frodsham and Barnes, practising first at 110 High Road, Streatham, SW, and latterly at Arcall, Prentis Road, Streatham, in the firm of Steedman and Plews. He was for many years Surgeon to the Magdalen Hospital.

Steedman was a successful practitioner, with abundant common sense and a knowledge of his work. By frequently attending the weekly surgical consultations at St Bartholomew's Hospital he kept himself in touch with advances in practice. He kept up his interest in the Hospital sports, often playing for 'Past' at Winchmore Hill, and was also a keen golfer.

He had had transient periods of heart weakness, but was never incapacitated, yet he died suddenly whilst sitting in a stand at Twickenham, watching the England v Ireland Rugby Football match on Feb 14th, 1925. He was survived by his widow, a Streatham lady, two sons and three daughters.

Sources used to compile this entry: [St Bart's Hosp Jour, 1924-5, xxxii, 90. Personal knowledge].

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