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Biographical entry Muecke, Francis Frederick (1879 - 1945)

CBE 1919; MRCS and FRCS 9 December 1909; MB BCh Adelaide 1902.

6 December 1879
13 April 1945
ENT surgeon


Born in Australia on 6 December 1879, son of the Hon H C Muecke of Adelaide, he was educated at Prince Alfred College and University, where he won the Davies Thomas scholarship, 1900, and graduated with first-class honours in medicine, 1902. Coming to England in 1903, he studied at the London Hospital and served as senior clinical assistant at the Golden Square Throat Hospital; he was elected assistant surgeon to the Central London Throat Hospital in 1908. Muecke was appointed to the staff of the London Hospital as aural registrar and demonstrator in 1909, and took the Fellowship that year, though not previously a Member. He was elected assistant aural surgeon, 1918, aural surgeon, 1923, and consulting surgeon to the ear, nose, and throat department on his retirement, 1936.

At the Golden Square hospital he was elected assistant surgeon shortly before the outbreak of war in 1914, but having joined the RAMC he was away from London for almost the whole period of this appointment. He saw active service at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, 1915, on the Somme, 1916, and afterwards at Arras and Passchendaele, and was mentioned in des¬patches. He then transferred to the RAFMS, as ear, nose, and throat specialist, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was awarded a military CBE, 1919. Muecke resumed his London practice, and became aural surgeon to Maida Vale Hospital and consulting specialist to the LCC. He served as secretary of the section of laryngology at the British Medical Association's Glasgow meeting, 1922, vice-president of the section of oto-laryngology at Winnipeg, 1930, and president of the section of oto-rhino-laryngology at Melbourne, 1935.

Muecke married twice: (1) in 1905 Ada Crossley, the Australian singer, for whom he acted as manager on some of her tours; they lived in St John's Wood, NW; Mrs Muecke died in 1929; (2) in 1930 Jean McMurtrie, daughter of James Henderson of Cumnock, Aberdeenshire, who survived him but without children. He died in the London Hospital on 13 April 1945, aged 65. He had practised in Queen Anne Street and later at 36 Cavendish Square, and retired to The Greenings, Charlwood, Surrey, where he enjoyed farming and rough-shooting. Muecke was a keen freemason and secretary of the London Hospital Lodge for twenty-five years. He was a big man in every way, a lover of life and of his fellow-men. He was an excellent operator and teacher. While an undergraduate Muecke played cricket, lacrosse, and lawn-tennis for Adelaide University, and rowed in the boat. In later life he was a keen player of golf. He left £5,000 to the London Hospital.


Acute aural meningitis. Brit med J 1922, 2, 1077.
Hemilaryngectomy. Lancet, 1923, 1, 78.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1945, 1, 612, with eulogy by H S Souttar CBE FRCS; Lancet, 1945, 1, 548, with eulogy by C Keogh FRCS; Lond Hosp Gaz 1945, 48, 160, with portrait, and eulogies by C Keogh and G V B].

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