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Biographical entry Jowers, Reginald Francis (1861 - 1937)

MRCS 19 January 1886; FRCS 14 June 1888; LSA 1885; LRCP 1886.

2 July 1861
7 August 1937
General surgeon


Born 2 July 1861 at 27 Old Steine, Brighton, the second son and second child of Frederic William Jowers, FRCS, and Gertrude Amelia Matthew, his first wife. He was educated at Winchester College from 1875 to 1878, when the Rev G Ridding was head master. At St Bartholomew's Hospital he served as house surgeon and resident obstetric officer, and was for a time resident clinical assistant at the East London Hospital for Children, Shadwell. In 1881 he was appointed "in-pupil", which corresponded to house surgeon, at the Royal Sussex County Hospital at Brighton, in 1889 he was elected assistant surgeon on the retirement of his father as surgeon, becoming surgeon in 1901 and consulting surgeon in 1921 on retirement under an age limit. He was also honorary surgeon to the Victoria Hospital, Lewes, and to the King Edward VII Hospital, Haywards Heath. On the formation of the Territorial Force in 1908 he received an à la suite commission on 27 April, and was called up for service in 1914 when he was attached to the 2nd Eastern General Hospital with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, RAMC(T). He was at one time president of the Brighton and Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society, and acted as a vice-president of the section of surgery at the Brighton meeting of the British Medical Association in 1913. Soon after his retirement from practice he was suddenly struck down by a subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord. He died after a long illness at Hartfield, Palmeira Avenue, Hove on 7 August 1937. He married in 1908 Violet, daughter of E Leadam Hough, CBE. She survived him with a son and three daughters.

Reginald Jowers maintained the family tradition in Sussex, where he was widely known as a surgeon of exceptional skill and as a man of great charm and character. At Winchester he was in "Commoner VI", the football team, and won the school swimming race in his last term. He was called in by Mrs O'Shea to attend Charles S Parnell in his fatal illness on 6 October 1891. He bequeathed £1,000 to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, and £100 to the Victoria Hospital, Lewes.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1937, 2, 414; Brit med J 1937, 2, 356, with portrait; The Times, 9 August 1937, p la and 13 August p 14d; information given by Mrs R F Jowers: personal knowledge].

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