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Biographical entry Martin, Frank Beauchamp (1884 - 1943)

MRCS and FRCS 13 February 1919; MB BS Melbourne 1908.

11 August 1884
Horsham, Victoria, Australia
26 December 1943
General surgeon


Born at Horsham, Victoria, Australia on 11 August 1884, son of Frederick Martin, newspaper proprietor, and Alice Wood, his wife. He was educated at Haileybury and at Wesley College, Melbourne, and graduated in medicine at the University of Melbourne. He served the posts of junior resident medical officer, casualty surgeon, resident anaesthetist, and finally medical superintendent of the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne; and also served as demonstrator and lecturer in anatomy at the University. Martin went to England for further study at the Middlesex and St Bartholomew's Hospitals before the first great war. When it broke out he joined the RAMC and was seconded for service with the French army, with which he served as a surgeon for eighteen months. Rejoining the RAMC, he saw active service in France and the Balkans, till he was invalided to England at the end of 1916, having been promoted captain on 19 July 1916, and served in military hospitals. He was subsequently commissioned major in the Australian Army Medical Corps. He took the Fellowship early in 1919 though not previously a Member of the College, and returning to Australia in 1920 settled in practice at Hobart, Tasmania. In 1924 he came back to England and began to practise at Watford, where he was appointed surgeon to the Peace Memorial Hospital in 1933. He practised at Milfleur, 52 Clarendon Road, Watford, and died in the Peace Memorial Hospital on 26 December 1943, survived by his wife and an adopted daughter.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times, 30 December 1943, p lb no memoir; information given by his brother Mr Justice Russell Martin of Melbourne, through Miss Nance C Andrew, librarian, Gordon Craig Library, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; by J W C Leech MD of Watford; and by H M Maskell FCCS administrator of the Watford and District Peace Memorial Hospital].

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