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Biographical entry Hayman, Frank Keith (1893 - 1953)

MRCS and FRCS 9 December 1920; MB BS London 1916.

28 January 1893
9 January 1953
Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire
General surgeon


Born at Bristol on 28 January 1893 the only child of Frank Hayman, dentist, and Florence Emily Tucker his wife, his grandfather having also been a dentist at Bristol, he was educated at Clifton College and Bristol University, qualified through London University in 1916, and served in the RAMC till the end of the war in 1919.

He settled at Great Yarmouth in 1921 in general practice, his partners being R K Ross and R Stuart, both Members of the College. He was appointed assistant surgeon (1925) and surgeon (1927) to the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston General Hospital, and served as secretary of the East Norfolk division of the British Medical Association 1928-30. The war years 1939-45 were a period of great strain for him, with many casualties by land and sea; his elder son, a medical student, was killed in action in the RAF in 1942.

Hayman suffered a stroke in 1945 and retired from his practice; he was elected consulting surgeon to the Hospital at Great Yarmouth. After working for the Ministry of Pensions, he settled in a country practice at Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire in 1946, where he was able to carry on useful work in a number of villages for seven years.

He married in 1921 Mary Coslet Edwards, who survived him with one of their two sons and their daughter, a State Registered Nurse. He died at his home, Royden House, Odell Road, Sharnbrook, on 9 January 1953, a fortnight before his sixtieth birthday.

Hayman was an inventive craftsman, much addicted to gadgets of his own devising. He built himself a motor-caravan, in which his family enjoyed many holidays. He was a good swimmer and diver, and played the piano well.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet 1953, 1, 200 and Brit med J 1953, 1, 279, both by A Wilfrid Adams FRCS and R Leonard Ley LRCP; information from Mrs Hayman].

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