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Biographical entry Jory, Philip John (1892 - 1973)

DSO 1919; MRCS and FRCS 1924; MB ChB New Zealand 1919.

1 March 1892
Port Chalmers, New Zealand
6 April 1973
ENT surgeon


Philip John Jory, the eldest son of the Reverend John Dunstan Jory, was born at Port Chalmers, New Zealand, on 1 March 1892. He was educated at Nelson College and was Senior University Scholar in 1910, proceeding to Otago University. Throughout the first world war he served in the New Zealand Army Medical Corps, retiring in 1919 with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and with the DSO. He took his degree in 1919 and later came to London where in 1922 he commenced a series of house appointments at St George's Hospital. He went on to be surgical registrar and in 1926 was elected assistant ear nose and throat surgeon. A year later he succeeded Harold Barwell on the full staff and became a colleague of Lionel Colledge. At various times he served on the staffs of the East London Hospital for Children, the Barnet General Hospital, the Woodford Jubilee Hospital, the Harpenden Memorial Hospital and the Mount Vernon Hospital.

In the second world war he first worked in Sector VII of the Emergency Medical Service, but early in 1940 he joined the RAMC. For three years he commanded a field ambulance in England and in the Middle East. In 1943 he was appointed Colonel commanding 43 General Hospital. He returned to civil life in late 1945 with the rank of War Substantive Colonel. In the post war years he served his colleagues as Chairman of the St George's Hospital Medical Staff Committee, and gave valuable help and direction during the difficult time of the inauguration of the National Health Service. He retired from his specialty in 1958 and spent many happy years travelling the world as a ship's surgeon. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine from 1927, he had been President of the Section of Otology in the session of 1956-7.

In 1925 "P J" married Mlle Yvonne Moulle, daughter of the President of the Cours des Comptes de France. There were four sons and one daughter, the eldest of whom, Harold Ian, graduated in medicine at Oxford and is a radiologist. A brother of "P J", the late Norman Jory, FRCS, was ear, nose and throat surgeon to St Bartholomew's Hospital (see above).

Always a keen athlete, Philip Jory was particularly interested in rugby football, playing even into his forties and an enthusiastic supporter of his juniors. On 6 April 1973, he died from bronchopneumonia, following the pinning of a fractured femur. He left a widow and their five children, together with the happiest memories of a man of high ideals and of the kindest of dispositions.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times April 1973; Lancet 1973, 1, 949; information from H I Jory and RAMC Regimental Records].

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