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Biographical entry Howse, Cyril Beresford (1872 - 1947)

MRCS 30 July 1894; FRCS 14 December 1905; LRCP 1894; FRACS 1930.

19 September 1947
General surgeon


Born 1872, the youngest child of Alfred Howse, MRCS 1849, and Lucy Elizabeth, daughter of J H C Beresford Conroy, of Rosevale, Raheny, Co Dublin. He was thus a brother of Sir Neville Reginald Howse, VC, FRCS. His father practised at Stogursey, Somerset, and previously in Victoria Docks Road, London, E. He was educated at the City and Guilds School and the London Hospital, where he was house surgeon to Sir Frederick Treves, and was senior house surgeon at Poplar Hospital; he had qualified in 1894. Under the influence of Treves, and with the example of his elder brother who had volunteered from Australia, he served with the Imperial Yeomanry in the South African War with the rank of surgeon captain. He was also a civil surgeon with the South African Field Force. He served from 1900 to 1902, winning the Queen's medal with three clasps and the King's medal with two clasps, and was mentioned in despatches. After returning to London he worked for the Fellowship which he took in 1905, and then settled in practice at Newquay, Cornwall.

His brother however persuaded him to emigrate, and he entered into partnership with him at Orange, a rising young community in western New South Wales, in 1908. Howse practised at Orange till his death thirty-nine years later. He took a prominent part in the life of his community and was very generally popular. Unlike his brother, whom he survived by many years, he took no part in Commonwealth or Imperial affairs. He was medical officer to the Orange Base Hospital, and Government medical officer for the district from 1927 to 1947. He was elected in 1930 a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, whose foundation his brother had done much to promote.

"Jack" Howse, as he was universally called, married in 1915 Marjorie, second daughter of W C Bowman, of Derowie, Cudal, and later of Bathurst, New South Wales. Mrs Howse survived him with two sons and two daughters; a third son died while a prisoner of war in 1944. Howse died on 19 September 1947 from a heart attack, aged 75, and was buried in the Church of England cemetery at Orange. His eldest son Neville Beresford Howse entered the medical profession, qualifying MB Sydney in 1942. Howse was a past president of the golf, tennis, and racing clubs at Orange, and was chairman for the district of the Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia. He was described as "the genial little doctor".

Congenital right inguinal hernia containing a Meckel's diverticulum adherent to the apex of the sac. Lancet, 1906, 1, 224.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Med J Austral 1947, 2, 615, by his partner Dr James Thomson Paton, with photograph as a young man; information from Mrs Howse].

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