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Biographical entry Dolamore, William Henry (1864 - 1938)

MRCS 11 February 1892; FRCS by election 6 April 1933; LDS RCS 1888; LRCP 1892.

11 May 1864
19 April 1938
Dental surgeon


Born in London 11 May 1864, the second child and eldest son of William Dolamore, wine merchant, and Cecilia Elizabeth Cook, his wife, he was educated privately and at Neuwied, Germany. He received his professional training from 1886 at the Dental Hospital in Leicester Square, where he gained the Saunders scholarship in 1888, the first prize in metallurgy, Ash's prize, and the first prize in operative dental surgery. He then studied medicine at St Mary's Hospital, was admitted MRCS in 1892, and was dental surgeon from 13 June 1907 to 10 May 1928. He acted as dental surgeon to the London Hospital 1896-1907 and to the Westminster Hospital, whilst at the Dental Hospital he filled in succession the posts of demonstrator (1891), assistant dental surgeon (1892-1903), medical tutor (1892-97), dental surgeon, lecturer on operative dental surgery (1907-13), dean of the school (1910-20), and consulting surgeon (1923-38). At the British Dental Association he was honorary secretary 1901-08, and president 1915-18. Dental tribunals were appointed in 1918, and in the following year, when the second Dentists Act came into operation, the first Dental Board was established to supervize the administration, education, and morals of the profession. When the Dental Board of the United Kingdom was formed in 1921 Dolamore was appointed a member, and three years later, when his term of office expired, he was re-elected to the Board by the vote of the qualified dentists in England and Wales. He retired from the Board in 1934, after serving for the thirteen years as treasurer. The Privy Council also nominated him an additional member of the General Medical Council under the Dentists Act of 1921. In these positions Dolamore did excellent and stimulating work in raising dentistry to a high level as a profession. He was, too, mainly instrumental in obtaining for the dental profession the right of representation in the government of all universities and institutions of which a dental school was a part. From 1912 to 1922 he was a member of the Board of Dental Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons of England; he examined also at Liverpool and Leeds. He was president of the odontological section of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1920, and acted as a vice-president of the section of odontology at the London meeting of the British Medical Association in 1910.

Dolamore married Nina Buchanan in November 1893. She survived him with five daughters; their only son was killed in action in Mesopotamia during the war of 1914-18.

He died on 19 April 1938 at 1 Links Road, Ealing, W and was buried in Ealing cemetery. Mrs Dolamore died on 13 December 1944.

Editor of the British Dental Journal.
Some observations on the motions of the mandible, with Sir Charles S Tomes. Trans Odont Soc Lond. 1901, 33, 167.
Hyperplasia of the pulp. Brit Dent J. 1923, 44, 249.
Concerning the misplacement of teeth in relation to the deformities of the dental arches. Ibid. 1925, 46, 565.
Inferior retrusion. Trans Brit Soc Orthodont. 1923, pp 28-38.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times, 25 April 1938, p 16d; Brit Dent J. 1938, 64, 511, with portrait at p 470; Lancet, 1938, 1, 1026; Brit med J. 1938, 1, 982; Lond Hosp Gaz. 1938, 41, 186; information given by his brother, Fred Dolamore].

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