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Biographical entry Smith, Kenneth Halstead (1918 - 2013)

MRCS LRCP 1943; MB ChB Manchester 1943; FRCS 1952.

16 October 1918
Burnley, Lancashire
3 June 2013
Deganwy, Wales
Accident surgeon and General surgeon


Kenneth Halstead Smith was a consultant surgeon at Caernarvon and Anglesey Hospital. He was born on 16 October 1918 in Burnley, Lancashire, the son of Samuel Driver Smith, a schoolmaster, and Amelia Smith née Halstead, the daughter of a cotton manufacturer. He was educated in elementary schools in Burnley and then Burnley Grammar School. He went on to study medicine at Victoria University, Manchester, and carried out his clinical studies at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He qualified in 1943.

From 1944 to 1946 he was a captain and general duty officer in the RAMC. He was a surgical tutor and a house surgeon to Alexander Michael Boyd at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He was a resident surgical officer at Ancoats Hospital, Manchester, and then a senior registrar and tutor at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. Prior to his consultant appointment at Caernarvon and Anglesey Hospital, he was a consultant in accident surgery at the General Hospital, Northampton.

He was an associate member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand and a fellow of Manchester Medical Society.

In 1949 he married Elizabeth Makinson. They had two sons, Robert and Andrew, and one daughter, Susan. He died on 3 June 2013 at home in Deganwy. He was 94. He was survived by his widow and children, and grandchildren Caroline and Eleanor.

Sarah Gillam

The Royal College of Surgeons of England