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Biographical entry Wightman, Cecil Frank (1870 - 1937)

MRCS 9 February 1893; FRCS 13 June 1895; LRCP 1893.

7 January 1870
Bungay, Suffolk
4 May 1937
General surgeon


Born at Bungay, Suffolk, 7 January 1870, the fifth son of Henry Wightman, draper, and his wife, née Hambling. He was educated at the Grammar Schools at Bungay and Great Yarmouth, before proceeding to St Bartholomew's Hospital. From the Hospital he passed the final examination for FRCS at the age of 23. He filled the offices of house surgeon at the Scarborough Hospital, at the Chichester Infirmary, and at the Bolton Infirmary. In 1896 he entered into general practice in Leicester, but soon moved to Cornwall Gardens, London, where he practised as a consultant. Failing health led him to settle at Royston in 1902, where he entered into partnership with Dr C W Windsor, and retired in 1926 when his eyesight began to fail. He acted for many years as surgeon to the Royston Hospital, and was instrumental in getting it enlarged as the Royston and District Hospital. During the war he served with the Hertfordshire Regiment, and retired with the rank of major.

He died unmarried at the Old Palace, Royston on 4 May 1937, and was buried at Therfield, Royston, Herts. He left £100 to St Dunstan's Home for the Blind. Dr Wightman did much for Royston. He was a good churchman, being Vicar's warden 1917-1929, was interested in the Boy Scout movement, and was the mainstay of the Social Club, where he was president for many years, until he resigned the position in 1933.

First Aid in Accidents, with Sir John Collie. London, 1912.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Herts and Cambs Reporter and Royston Crow, 7 May 1937, p 6, with portrait; information given by his brother, H H Wightman].

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