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Biographical entry Harries, Thomas Davies (1850 - 1938)

MRCS 24 May 1873; FRCS 14 June 1877; LRCP 1872; MRCP 1892; LSA 1871; JP.

1 March 1850
Llancoats, Wales
14 July 1938
Aberystwyth, Wales
General surgeon


Born at Llancoats, near Fishguard, South Wales on 1 March 1850, the second and youngest child of David Harries, farmer, and Mary Davies his wife. He was educated at the Haverfordwest Grammar School and from there proceeded to Guy's Hospital, becoming in due course resident obstetric officer and the friend of Dr Samuel Wilks, FRS, who advised him to settle down at a seaside resort.

He practised during the whole of his professional life at Aberystwyth, where he became town councillor and alderman of the borough, and was mayor in 1893, 1894, and 1895. He married Annette Benson, of Royal Avenue, London, and when they celebrated their diamond wedding on 5 December 1937 they received a congratulatory telegram from the Majesties the King and Queen. He died on 14 July 1938 at Grosvenor House, Aberystwyth.

Harries was a man of many interests, an expert fisherman, a good judge of horses, an excellent rider to hounds, and in early life a fine boxer. His practice was very extensive and at one time included the largest consulting practice in mid-Wales. He was for many years surgeon to the Aberystwyth Infirmary and Cardiganshire General Hospital. During the war of 1914-18 he was in charge of the Aberystwyth Red Cross Hospital, receiving the British Red Cross Society's war medal for his services. His interests also included a close study of lead mining and the engineering problems connected with the industry.

Guide to sea bathing. 1874.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J. 1938, 2, 601; information given by D L Harries].

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