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Biographical entry Goodwin, Arthur Charles (1869 - 1957)

TD 1924; MRCS and FRCS 13 June 1907; BA Oxford 1892; MA MB BCh 1900; MCh 1905; DLO, RCPS 1934.

28 June 1869
Ashbourne, Derbyshire
16 December 1957
General surgeon


Born at Ashbourne, Derbyshire 28 June 1869 second son of Robert Docksey Goodwin MRCS (1832), who had served as a surgeon in the Crimean War. He was educated at Repton, Bath College, and Keble College, Oxford, where he read classics, and at the London Hospital where he served as house surgeon. After serving as house physician at the Royal Chest Hospital and as senior house surgeon at Poplar Hospital, he settled in practice at West Bromwich in 1904, and became surgeon to the General Hospital and the Guest Hospital. During the war of 1914-18 he served in the RAMC and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was officer in command of the first North Midland Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance in the Middle East and subsequently of a stationary hospital in Egypt, and was mentioned in dispatches. He returned to his practice at West Bromwich, but moved in 1925 to Gloucester, and after a few years to Newport, Isle of Wight. He took the Conjoint Diploma in Laryngology and Otology in 1934 at the age of 65.

Goodwin was enjoying a holiday at Dawlish, South Devon, when war broke out in September 1939. He immediately offered his services there and remained in practice throughout the six years of the war, serving at the Cottage Hospital. After the war he settled permanently at Charlton House, Dawlish. Goodwin married twice: (1) his first wife died on 4 July 1948; (2) he married in 1955 Hilda Gauld who survived him. He died on 16 December 1957 aged 88, after nine months' illness. As a young man he had been a keen motor-cyclist but he later took to horse riding which he enjoyed until his middle eighties. He was an active Territorial and received the Territorial Decoration in 1924. He was a devout Christian, and endeared himself by his goodness of character to colleagues and patients.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1958, 1, 166 with eulogy by A A Lees MC, FRCS].

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