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Biographical entry Vickery, William Henry (1863 - 1944)

MRCS 10 November 1887; FRCS 10 December 1891; LRCP 1887.

1 August 1863
Alderney, Channel Islands
9 January 1944
General practitioner and General surgeon


Born on 1 August 1863 in Alderney, Channel Islands, second son of William Vickery, engineer, and his wife, née Tucker. He was educated at Plymouth and at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, where he was senior Broderip scholar in 1887, the year of his qualification. He became an ardent admirer of the Middlesex surgeons Henry Morris, Alfred Pearce Gould, and above all John Bland-Sutton. He settled at Newcastle-on-Tyne in a general practice, intending to specialize as a surgeon, and served for about two years as registrar at the Royal Infirmary. He was then appointed surgeon to the Newcastle Children's Hospital and to the Northern Counties Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, to both of which he eventually became consulting surgeon. He never really became recognized as a surgeon outside the hospitals, as his general practice absorbed the whole of his time and energy.

Vickery successfully removed from the thigh of an infant, aged nine months, a lipoma growing from the sheath of the great sciatic nerve and weighing 121 ounces. His publication of this interesting case was later used by Bland-Sutton in his book on Tumours. Vickery married in 1892 Ada M Cook who survived him with two daughters. After retiring he had settled at Shirley, Broad Oak Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, where he died on 9 January 1944, aged 80, in the Queen Alexandra Memorial Hospital after a short illness.


Large lipoma in an infant; operation; recovery. Middx Hosp J 1900, 4, 106; also in Bland-Sutton Tumours, 7th edition, 1922, figure 11, and previous editions.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information given by his daughter, Mrs Mona Willis, and by Professor Grey Turner FRCS].

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