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Biographical entry Wrigley, Philip Roscoe (1876 - 1947)

MRCS 25 July 1900; FRCS 14 December 1905; LRCP 1900.

30 June 1876
Oldham, Lancashire
2 May 1947
Swettenham, Cheshire
General surgeon


Born on 30 June 1876 at Oldham, Lancashire, second son of Roscoe Wrigley, chartered accountant, and his wife Sarah Louisa Milnes. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Owen's College, Manchester, and at the Royal Infirmary, where he was house surgeon. He was Samuel Bradley memorial scholar in clinical surgery at Owen's College, 1900, the year of his qualification, and held resident posts at the Pendlebury Children's Hospital and at Salford Infirmary and Ancoats Hospital, Manchester. He took the Fellowship in 1905, and was appointed resident surgical officer to the Royal Infirmary that year; in 1910 he became assistant surgeon. During the war of 1914-18 he served with the rank of captain, RAMC, at the 33rd British General Hospital in Mesopotamia, under A H Burgess, surgeon to the Manchester Royal Infirmary, and later at Wimereux in France under Colonel F H Westmacott, FRCS.

He was elected surgeon to the Royal Infirmary in 1921, and appointed consulting surgeon in 1942 on his retirement at the age of 65. His brother Frank Graham Wrigley, MD, was aural surgeon to the Infirmary at the same time; not since Edward and Richard Hall, more than 150 years before, had two brothers served together on the surgical staff. He was also surgeon for children to the Royal Manchester Northern Hospital, consulting surgeon to the Buxton Cottage Hospital and lecturer in operative surgery and surgical pathology at Manchester University. He served the office of president of the Manchester Surgical Society, and was a vice-president of the Manchester Medical Society.

Wrigley married in 1916 Gwendolen Mary Holmes, who survived him with a son and a daughter. He practised at 11 St John Street, Manchester, living at Trafford House, Wilmslow, Cheshire, but retired in 1946 to Swettenham, near Congleton, Cheshire, where he died on 2 May 1947, aged 70. "Pip" Wrigley was an excellent and popular surgeon and teacher; small in stature, he was modest, retiring, and kindly.

Strangulation of the vermiform appendix in a hernia sac. Med Chron Manchester, 1907, 46, 172.
A bayonet wound of the stomach. Brit med J 1907, 1, 303.
Dislocation of semilunar bone complicating fracture of the styloid process. Lancet, 1907, 1, 658.
Two cases of intestinal obstruction due to volvulus. Med Chron Manchester, 1909, 49, 300.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1947, 1, 696, eulogy by E B L; Brit med J 1947, 1, 698; information from Mrs Wrigley and from his brother, Dr F G Wrigley].

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