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Biographical entry Welsford, Arthur Gerald (1864 - 1931)

MRCS 9 June 1892; FRCS 9 June 1892; BA Cambridge 1886; MB BCh 1889; MD 1892; DPH 1906.

18 December 1864
Brooklyn, USA
20 April 1931
Rome, Italy
General surgeon


The third son of Joseph Welsford, member of a shipping firm running boats between Liverpool and New York, and of Annie Elder, his wife. He was born at Brooklyn, USA on 18 December 1864, and was educated at Dover College. Admitted a pensioner at Caius College, Cambridge on 4 October 1883, he graduated BA in 1886 after he had been placed in the first class of part 1 of the Natural Sciences Tripos. He served for a time as junior demonstrator of anatomy in the University of Cambridge, when Alexander Macalister was professor. He then entered the London Hospital, where he acted as house surgeon and as medical clinical assistant. He was afterwards assistant medical officer at the Central London Sick Asylum, Cleveland Street, W, and prepared himself for general practice by acting as clinical assistant at the Evelina Hospital for Children, at the Throat Hospital in Golden Square, and at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital, Moorfields. He then settled at Bexhill-on-Sea until the outbreak of the South African war, when he was appointed PMO of the Beira Railway Hospital, and was captain in the medical department of the Rhodesian Field Force, receiving the medal with two clasps. He returned to Bexhill at the end of the war, but soon moved to Hemel Hempstead, Herts, where he practised until 1906, when he settled in Rome on account of failing health.

During the war of 1914-18 he received a commission as major, RAMC (T), and acted as deputy assistant director of hygiene on Salisbury Plain; for his services he was mentioned in despatches. He was afterwards employed as tropical diseases specialist at the Ministry of Pensions, returning to Rome in 1922. He married Frances Adelaide, daughter of Alfred Cross, of Ritemarth, Hastings, who survived him by five months and died at St Leonard's-on-Sea on 9 September 1931. His only son, Aleck Elder Meadows Welsford, MC, of the 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment, died in 1924 as the result of an accident whilst on duty in India. A G Welsford died at 86 Via Emilia, Rome, on 20 April 1931, and was buried at Battle, Sussex. His elder brother George, MB, also of Caius College, Cambridge, practised at Tiverton, Devon, and was surgeon to the Tiverton Infirmary.

Wintering in Rome. London, 1907.
Treatment of ague by intramuscular injection of quinine. Brit med J 1902, 2, 1767.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information given by Mrs A G Welsford].

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