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Biographical entry Wall, Austin Darley (1896 - 1958)

MRCS 9 May 1918; FRCS 8 December 1921; LRCP 1918; MB BS London 1919.

1 August 1896
West Kirby, Cheshire
25 November 1958
General surgeon and Medical Officer


Born at West Kirby, Cheshire on 1 August 1896 the fourth son of C T Wall of Liverpool he won a scholarship to Oundle School and scholarships in anatomy and physiology at St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he was awarded the Harvey and Foster prizes.

Qualifying in the spring of 1918 while the first world war was still raging, he served in the Royal Navy before taking up resident posts at St Bartholomew's. He took the Fellowship in 1921 and went to Shanghai in 1925, where he was appointed surgeon to the General Hospital and the Lester Chinese Hospital. He was also medical officer to the British Consulate and the Municipal Police.

He came back to England in 1939, was commissioned in the RAMC and saw much active service as a surgical specialist with the rank of Major. He was present at the battles of Narvik, Norway 1940, of Crete 1941 where he was mentioned in dispatches, of Salerno, Italy 1943, and in the invasion of Northern France 1944.

He settled at 1 Bishop's Place, Paignton, Devon in 1945 and became senior surgeon to the Paignton and District Hospital and the Dartmouth Hospital. He was President of the Torbay Medical Society in 1958.

Wall died on 25 November 1958 aged 62, survived by his wife Margaret McGregor and their two daughters.

He was a determined and energetic man, of calm and unassuming temperament and generous disposition.

A memorial service was held in Paignton parish church on 29 November 1958.

Indications and contra-indications for tonsillectomy. J clin Med Shanghai 1938.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet 1958, 2, 1377 and Brit med J 1958, 2, 1539 both with appreciation by JFB; St Bart's Hosp J 1959, 63, 60 appreciation by FWCW].

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