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Biographical entry Griffith, John Richard (1887 - 1956)

MRCS 13 May 1915; FRCS 10 June 1920; BA BCh Cantab 1913; MB 1941; LRCP 1913.

18 November 1887
14 October 1956
General surgeon and Paediatric surgeon


Born on 18 November 1887, son of a well know solicitor at Brighton and grandson of the headmaster of Brighton College, he was educated at Brighton College, Christ's College, Cambridge and St Bartholomew's Hospital. After qualification he was house surgeon to Sir Anthony Bowlby at St Bartholomew's and at the Metropolitan Hospital. In 1914 he joined the RAMC, serving in India and Mesopotamia as surgical specialist attached to the 9th Secunderabad Division.

After the war he was appointed surgeon to the Hove Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children, and later to the Royal Sussex, and to Southlands and Crawley Hospitals. He was particularly interested in the repair of hare lip and cleft palate and in tonsillectomy by Waugh's method.

He was President of the Brighton Medico-Chirurgical Society and a most distinguished and popular man. He was a thorough countryman, being a keen fisherman and shot and he died while out walking alone with his gun dogs, when he collapsed and died of a cerebral haemorrhage on 14 October 1956.

His wife, who was a doctor, survived him with two sons both doctors, and a daughter.

A memorial service was held at St Andrew's Church, Hove on 18 October 1956.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1956, 2, 1002-1003 appreciation by a colleague].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England