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Biographical entry Hindhaugh, Ernest Arnold Hodgeson (1905 - 1947)

MRCS 9 February 1928; FRCS 8 June 1933; MB BS London 1929; LRCP 1928.

7 December 1905
Cullercoats, Northumberland
9 October 1947
Ruthin, Wales
General surgeon


Born at Cullercoats, Northumberland, on 7 December 1905, eldest child and only son of Ernest Hindhaugh, seedsman, and his wife Hermione Amelia Hodgson. He was educated at Tynemouth, at Haileybury, and at Durham University, and took his clinical training at the London Hospital, at University College Hospital, and at Guy's. He served as house surgeon at the London, the National Temperance, and the Royal Cancer Hospitals, and was resident assistant surgeon at the Royal Portsmouth Hospital and the Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton. After taking the Fellowship in 1933 he started practice at Liverpool, where he became visiting assistant surgeon at the Mill Road Infirmary and subsequently surgeon to it when it became the Broadgreen Hospital.

On the outbreak of war in 1939 he was commissioned as a surgeon lieutenant-commander, RNVR, and posted as surgical specialist to HM hospital ship Amarapoora, serving with the Home Fleet. He proved himself a sound and bold surgeon, and published two valuable articles in the RN Medical Service Journal. He also put his knowledge of music and skill as a baritone singer at the disposal of his shipmates, and gave successful lectures on the appreciation of music to naval ratings. He was invalided out of the Navy in 1944, and returned to his Liverpool practice. But his health had been permanently spoiled, and he died after a long illness at Ruthin Castle sanatorium, North Wales, on 9 October 1947, aged 41. He was unmarried.

Gas gangrene at sea. RN med Serv J 1941, 27, 158.
Surgery in a hospital ship. Ibid 1942, 28, 118.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1947, 2, 637, with a tribute by C A C; Brit med J 1947, 2, 750, tribute by L F and 1948, 1, 1268, will; London Hosp Gaz 1948, 51, 47; information from his sister, Mrs E E Allen, of Dorking].

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