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Biographical entry Giles, Leonard Thomason (1868 - 1933)

MRCS 7 February 1895; FRCS 10 December 1896; BA Cambridge 1890; MA MB BCh 1897; LRCP 1895.

8 August 1868
Partney, Lincolnshire
July 1933
General surgeon


Born 8 August 1868 at Partney, Lincolnshire the eighth child and fourth son of the Rev Robert Giles and his wife, née Laurent. He was educated at Christ's Hospital (the Bluecoat School), entering the junior school at Hertford and being afterwards moved to the senior school in London, when the Rev R Lee, MA was head master. He matriculated from Peterhouse, Cambridge on 1 October 1887 and was elected to the open scholarship for mathematics on 9 November in that year, scholarship being renewed for a further period of two years on 9 November 1889. He graduated BA as a senior optime in 1890 and MB in 1897.

He received his medical education at St Bartholomew's Hospital where he gained the Brackenbury surgical scholarship in 1895, was house surgeon, and acted as senior assistant in the throat department. He then went to Sheffield, was assistant demonstrator of anatomy in School of Medicine and assistant surgeon at the Children's Hospital. He remained there until in 1909 he was elected surgeon to the Scarborough Hospital, and quickly made himself a name there as an excellent operating surgeon. During the war he joined the British Red Cross Society early in October 1914 and worked at the Duchess of Westminster Hospital from November 1914 until April 1915. He took a commission as temporary captain in the RAMC 12 December 1915 and was attached to the Warrington War Hospital until the autumn of 1916. He then served in various hospital ships and from the spring of 1918 until July 1919 he was again in France.

After the end of the war he worked under the Ministry of Pensions at Southampton, first as surgeon and afterwards as consulting surgeon. He retired from active practice during the latter years of his life and lived at Brockenhurst, Hants. He married Janet E.Whitwell on 9 June 1898, who survived him with a son and a daughter. He died in July 1933 whilst travelling in Spain and was buried in the Protestant Cemetery at Santander.


A case of spina bifida cured by excision. Quart Med J Yorks, 1899-1900, 8, 72.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information given by Mrs Giles; T A Walker's Admissions to Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1912].

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