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Biographical entry Jordan, Anson Robertson (1883 - 1958)

MRCS and FRCS 8 June 1911; BA Cambridge 1904; MB BCh 1907; MD 1910.

4 July 1883
11 September 1958
Ashford, Kent
General surgeon


Born at Woolwich on 4 July 1883, son of the Rev Joseph Jordan, Vicar of Woolwich. Jordan's family moved to Bedford on the death of his father, and he was educated at Bedford School and Clare College, Cambridge, where he obtained a first class in the Natural Sciences Tripos in 1904. He received his clinical training at the London Hospital and qualified in 1907. He held the appointments of house surgeon at the London and house physician at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Jordan began to practise at Cambridge, where he was ophthalmic clinical assistant at Addenbrooke's Hospital, but he moved to Dover in 1913 and spent most of his working life there. During the first world war he joined the RAMC and served as a Captain with No 29 Casualty Clearing Station in France. After the war Jordan returned to general practice in Dover and to surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital, endearing himself to patients and colleagues. He never married and the loss in 1930 of his sister, who was on the staff of the London for some time, left him very lonely. In 1937 he retired to Cambridge, but the following year re-entered general practice at Sandgate, Kent.

During the second world war Jordan took up residence in Buckland Hospital, Dover and worked long hours coping with the casualties from the Dunkirk beaches and later during air raids. In 1948 Jordan left Sandgate to take a small administrative post in Buckland Hospital among his colleagues and friends.

A keen motorist and mechanic, he toured the country extensively in the early days of motoring. He was honorary secretary of the Folkestone and Dover Division of the BMA 1922-26, acting honorary secretary 1940-45, and chairman of the Division 1933-35. Reading was his relaxation in later years and his particular interests were theology and history. Jordan died on 11 September 1958 at Ashford Hospital, Kent, aged 75.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1958, 2, 861].

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