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Biographical entry Upcott, Harold (1879 - 1951)

MRCS 8 May 1902; FRCS 8 December 1904; LRCP 1902.

9 November 1879
24 May 1951
Thornton-Le-Dale, Yorkshire
General surgeon


Born on 9 November 1879, the only son of Sir Frederick Robert Upcott, KCVO, CSI, civil engineer, and his wife Jessie Turner. Sir F R Upcott had a distinguished career as a railway engineer in India. Harold Upcott was educated privately abroad, till he entered St Thomas's Hospital Medical School. After qualifying in 1902 he served as house surgeon at St Thomas's, and was clinical assistant at the Samaritan Hospital. He was for some years private assistant to Berkeley Moynihan at Leeds, and in 1907 settled in practice at Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, and became ultimately senior surgeon at the Hull Royal Infirmary. During the war of 1914-18 Upcott served in the RAMC in France and Italy, rising to the rank of major. He practised after the war at 13 Albion Street, Hull, and retired to Wrelton Hall, Pickering, North Riding, moving later to China Garth, Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire. There he died on 24 May 1951, aged 71, and was buried at Middleton. He was an original member of the Moynihan Chirurgical Club, and had been president of the Hull Medical Society and the Hull and East Yorkshire branch of the British Medical Association. He married in 1906 Alice Weekes, who survived him with three sons; their fourth son died in 1950.


Operations on the spleen, with Berkeley Moynihan, in F F Burghard's A system of operative surgery, 1909, 3, 41.
Surgery of the spleen, with the same, in W W Keen's Surgery, 1913, 6, 619.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1951, 1, 1396, with appreciations by J N Young, FRCSEd and R B Blair, FRCSEd; information from Mrs Upcott].

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