Browse Fellows


www Lives

Biographical entry Paling, Albert (1862 - 1931)

MRCS 12 May 1892; FRCS 11 June 1896; MB London 1894; BS 1895; LSA 1891; LRCP 1892; MD Manitoba 1910.

6 January 1862
28 June 1931
Earlswood, Surrey
General surgeon


Born at Newark on 6 January 1862, the second son of Eliezer Paling, a starch manufacturer, and Mary Wigley, his wife. He was educated successively at Magnus Grammar School, Nottingham University College, and University College, London. He then entered Middlesex Hospital, where he served the office of house surgeon, proceeding afterwards to Bristol as house surgeon to the General Hospital. He acted as clinical assistant and assistant medical superintendent at the Whitechapel Infirmary, until he settled at Burton-on-Trent and was elected surgeon to the Infirmary. He visited Berlin in 1910, and then migrated to Winnipeg, Canada, and was appointed surgeon to the Children's Hospital and Free Dispensary in that city.

On the outbreak of war he returned to England and served with the rank of temporary major at the Horton County of London War Hospital, his commission being dated 16 June 1915. The hospital received patients suffering from mental disease. On 12 July 1918 he received a temporary commission in the Royal Air Force with the rank of major, and relinquished his commission on account of ill-health on 5 May 1919. During this period he acted as president of the South Western area Royal Air Force travelling medical Board from 30 September 1918 until 14 February 1919. He married on 25 February 1904 Alice Beatrice Wilberforce Clarke, widow of James Black, RN, who survived him with one daughter. He died on 28 June 1931 at Shocks Green Cottage, Earlswood, Surrey.

Ureteral calculus. W Can med J 1911, 5, 52.
Case of injury to ulnar, median, and internal cutaneous nerves. W Can med J 1912, 6, 72.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information given by Miss Julia Bell, and the Secretary of the Air Ministry].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England