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Biographical entry Galloway, William Dawson (1890 - 1948)

MRCS 30 July 1914; FRCS 8 December 1927; LRCP 1914; BA Cambridge 1910; MA 1926; FRCS Edinburgh 1919; MRCOG 1934.

13 January 1890
2 August 1948
General surgeon


Born 13 January 1890 in London, the third child and second son of William Galloway and his wife,née Hawkins. He was educated at Hitchin, and at Clare College, Cambridge, where he took third-class honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos, part 1, 1910. He took his clinical training at Guy's Hospital, and served as house surgeon at the Royal Northern Hospital. Having qualified just before the outbreak of war, he joined the Royal Navy and served for five years, 1914 to 1919, at sea and at the Naval Hospital at Malta. He was twice mentioned in despatches. He was obstetric assistant at Liverpool University, and after a term as resident surgical officer at the Wharncliffe Hospital, Sheffield, he settled in practice at Holmfirth in 1922 and became surgeon to the Holme Valley Memorial Hospital. In 1927 he took the Fellowship and gave up general for consulting practice. He was appointed assistant surgeon at the Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield, in 1930 and was also consulting surgeon to the Storthes Hall Mental Hospital. He moved to Huddersfield in 1939, and was a member of the Huddersfield Medical Society and the North of England Gynaecological and Obstetrical Society.

Galloway married in 1923 Miss N W Turner, who survived him with a son and daughter. He died in the Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield, on 2 August 1948, aged 58. Galloway was, as a young man, a keen boxer, swimmer, and oarsman. He was a student of military history, and he played the bagpipes.


Spontaneous rupture of the spleen. Brit J Surg 1935-36, 23, 235.
Primary abdominal torsion of omentum with an attempt at spontaneous cure.
Brit med J 1935, 2, 899.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from Mrs Galloway; appreciation by W S Dickson, MD in Brit med J 1948, 2, 536; Ibid p 1088, will].

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