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Biographical entry Hepworth, Frank Arthur (1879 - 1944)

OBE 1919; MRCS 4 August 1903; FRCS 13 June 1907; BA Cambridge 1900; MA MB BCh 1904; LRCP 1903.

Dewsbury, Yorkshire
5 November 1944
General surgeon


Born at Dewsbury, Yorkshire, the second child and second son of Benjamin Hepworth, woollen manufacturer, and his wife, née Haley. He was educated at the Wheelwright Grammar School, Dewsbury, and won a scholarship at St John's College, Cambridge, where he took first-class honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos, Part 1, in 1900. He received his medical training at St Bartholomew's, where he served as house physician and was also house surgeon at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. He practised for a time at Sheffield and was demonstrator of anatomy at the University there. On the outbreak of the first world war he was gazetted captain RAMC(T) on 8 August 1914, on the staff of the 3rd Northern General Hospital (Sheffield). He was promoted temporary major and served as chief resident surgeon at the Wharncliffe War Hospital, and later at the County of Middlesex War Hospital. He was decorated OBE for his services.

After the war he settled in practice at Saffron Walden, Essex, becoming surgeon to the Hospital in 1920 and serving as senior surgeon from 1940 till his death. He was also medical officer to the Isolation Hospital. Hepworth was a member of the Cambridge Medical Society and of the British Medical Association. He was a medical examiner for the Scottish Widows Fund and other insurance companies. He was a "family doctor" par excellence, but kept himself abreast of the scientific advance of medicine and surgery. Hepworth married in 1909 Miss Jackson, survived him with a son and two daughters. He died on 5 November 1944; he had practised at 71 High Street, Saffron Walden, and later at No 65.

Unusual peritoneal sac. J Anat Physiol 1916, 50, 293.
Toxic symptoms after use of bismuth paste. Lancet, 1917, 1, 573.
Treatment of varicose veins by injection. Brit med J 1927, 2, 307.

[Brit med J 1944, 2, 739, eulogy by AGS; information given by his Miss H M Hepworth]

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