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Biographical entry Woodward, Sir Alfred Chad Turner (1880 - 1957)

Kt 1944; MRCS and FRCS 8 June 1911; MB ChB Edinburgh 1904; FRCS Ed 1908; DL Co Worcester.

2 March 1880
2 February 1957
General surgeon


Born on 2 March 1880 the younger son of Robert Woodward of Arley Castle, near Kidderminster, vice-chairman of the Worcestershire County Council 1892-1907. He was educated at Radley and at Edinburgh University, and served as house surgeon at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He was resident surgical officer at the Birmingham General Hospital and, after postgraduate work on the continent, practised at Birmingham for some years, moving to London about 1912. He published a number of useful papers, chiefly on orthopaedic questions. He was surgeon to outpatients at Hampstead General Hospital and the Temperance Hospital, and assistant surgeon at the Belgrave Hospital for Children.

During the war of 1914-18 he served in France with the rank of Major RAMC. His elder brother was killed in the war, and he then gave up practice and devoted himself to the estates he inherited and to public life. After a few years he made over Arley Castle, where his family had lived for a century, to a girls' school, and settled in a cottage on his estate.

He was chairman of the Worcestershire County Council, the Severn Catchment Board, and the Conservators of the Severn Fisheries, and was a senator of the University of Birmingham. His medical qualifications and experience gained him appointment to the Radium Commission (1939-43) and to the board of governors of the London School of Tropical Medicine.

He was knighted for his public services in the Birthday Honours 8 June 1944. His principal country interest was forestry.

Sir Chad Woodward married in 1934 Marthe Grace, daughter of Canon Rowland Wilson of Great Witley, Worcestershire. Lady Woodward survived him with their three daughters.

He died in Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Birmingham on 2 February 1957 aged 76. He was buried at St Peter's, Arley, Bewdley, and a memorial service was held in Worcester Cathedral on 11 February 1957.

He was tall and handsome, but quiet and reserved. He made an excellent chairman and an able administrator.

Treatment of acute inflammation by Bier's method of passive congestion. Birm med Rev 1908, 63, 79.
The saccular theory of hernia. Midland med J 1912, 11, 1 and 17.
Causation and treatment of dislocation of the ulnar nerve. Practitioner 1912, 88, 435.
The active treatment of scoliosis by Klapp's crawling exercises. Birm med Rev 1912, 71, 175.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 4 February 1957 p 12 c and 9 May p 14 d Will; Brit med J 1957, 1, 346; Lancet 1957, 1, 330].

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