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Biographical entry Wright, Dudley d'Auvergne (1867 - 1948)

MRCS 2 August 1888; FRCS 9 June 1898; LRCP 1888; Chevalier, Legion d'Honneur 1921.

11 February 1867
Colombo, Ceylon
22 January 1948
Bembridge, Isle of Wight
General surgeon


Born on 11 February 1867 at Colombo, Ceylon, where his father, William Dumaresq Wright, was colonial treasurer; his mother's maiden name was Amy Braybrooke; he was their second son and third child. He was educated at Appledurcombe College, Isle of Wight, and at Haileybury, and took his medical training at University College Hospital, going to Vienna for postgraduate study. Wright was elected to the staff of the London Homoeopathic Hospital, to which he ultimately became consulting surgeon; he was also senior surgeon to the Manor House Orthopaedic Hospital, Hampstead, and consulting surgeon to the Leaf Cottage Hospital, Eastbourne, and the Philipps Memorial Cottage Hospital at Bromley, Kent. He served the office of president of the British Homoeopathic Association.

On the outbreak of war in 1914 he was appointed by the French government to be chief surgeon at the Hôpital de l'Alliance at Dieppe, and became médecin-chef of the Allied Military Hospital at Yvetot, Seine-inférieure, in 1915. He was created a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1921. Wright married in 1892 Ethel, daughter of A Morse, of Appledurcombe, Isle of Wight. After retirement they lived at Bournemouth and then emigrated to South Africa, where they lived at Lotus Cottage, Wynberg Park, Cape Town. While sailing in the Egyptian liner Zamzam, during the second world war, they were torpedoed in the South Atlantic on 17 April 1941, and were taken to Germany. After internment in separate camps, they were allowed to live together in Berlin, and were repatriated to South Africa through Portugal in 1942. Later they came back to England and settled at Bembridge, Isle of Wight, where Wright died on 22 January 1948, aged nearly 81. Mrs Wright survived him with their son, Denis Wright, Mus Doc, and their daughter, Mrs Martini. Wright's recreations had been gardening and motoring.

The treatment of haemorrhoids and rectal prolapse by means of interstitial injections. London, 1899.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times, 6 June 1941, 5 August 1942, 26 January 1948, no memoir; Brit med J 1948, 1, 322 and 1948, 2, 233, will; Lancet, 1941, 1, 773; information from Mrs Wright].

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