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Biographical entry Redmayne, Thomas (1864 - 1931)

MRCS 22 April 1886; FRCS 13 June 1889; BA Cambridge 1884; MA MB 1888.

20 June 1864
1 April 1931
St Leonards-on-Sea
ENT surgeon and General surgeon


Born 20 June 1864 at 21 Wentworth Place, Newcastle-on-Tyne, the second son of Robert Robey Redmayne, a chemical manufacturer, and Mary Gooch, his wife. He was educated at Repton School from September 1877 until July 1881, when the Rev Dr Huckin was headmaster. From school he proceeded to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was admitted a pensioner on 13 June 1881 and gained an exhibition in 1883. He graduated BA in 1884, after he had been placed in the second class of the first part of the Natural Sciences Tripos. He then entered the London Hospital, where he acted as receiving officer, house physician, and house surgeon. At the end of his hospital career he became a partner with Claude Baker Gabb at St Leonards-on-Sea and was appointed junior surgeon to the Royal East Sussex Hospital, where he took charge of the ear, throat, and nose department. On the administrative side of the hospital he served as a member of the house committee and as chairman of the medical committee. He was ultimately senior surgeon to the hospital and retired at the end of 1930 after 34 years' service, unbroken except for the time he served at the Netley Military Hospital during the war of 1914-18.

He married Gwendolen Balfour on 3 July 1902, who survived him with two daughters.

He died on 1 April 1931 at St Leonards and was buried at Hollington Church-in-the-Wood in that town.

C B Gabb writing of him says: "He was born and brought up in the North of England and, at first, folk at Hastings did not readily understand him or his manner, nor he theirs. He was not over keen on the day of small things, nor was he of especial use in building up a general practice in a seaside town with its many visitors, very often of the small-fry kind. Later, if at first slowly, he dug himself deep into the respect, regard, and affections of a great number of people and in the end commanded and very successfully managed a considerable high-class general practice with strong surgical leanings. His work for many years at the Royal East Sussex Hospital, first in the out-patients department and later in the surgical wards, as well as his great general interest in the well-being of the hospital was distinguished and was fully appreciated and warmly acknowledged. The funeral was, I am told, a wonderful testimony to the great regret so deeply felt by his many friends at the heavy loss to the town and to themselves and of affectionate remembrance. Socially, Redmayne was always a welcome guest. A man with plenty of culture, he had it fully in his power to make himself a great success in company both as host and guest. He had an excellent baritone voice, which he used charmingly; he was always ready to help with it at local concerts and entertainments for the young men of the town, in whose sports he ever showed a ready and willing interest."

Bronchiectasis successfully treated by incision and drainage, presenting some unusual features. Practitioner, 1906, 76, 832.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1931, 1, 833; Brit med J 1931,1,777; information given by Mrs Redmayne and by Claude B Gabb, MRCS].

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