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Biographical entry Kidd, Harry Andrew (1904 - 1979)

MRCS 1927; FRCS ad eundem 1965; FRCS Ed 1931; MRCOG 1936.

20 February 1904
24 August 1979
General surgeon


Harry Kidd was born 20 February 1904, the son of H A Kidd, CBE (a doctor) and grandson of H A Kidd, MD. He went to school at Epsom College and then to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, qualifying in 1927. After a resident appointment in ENT and a term as senior obstetric officer he joined the municipal hospital service working in London, Birkenhead and Halifax. He obtained his Edinburgh FRCS in 1931 and in 1936 the MRCOG.

In 1937 he was appointed medical superintendent of Kingston Hospital in Surrey and continued working there throughout the war when he had wide experience of air-raid casualties, as well as general surgery, in a hospital which was itself seriously bombed. In 1945 he became senior surgeon at St Helier Hospital and for the remainder of his professional life, until 1969, he worked there, in addition developing a busy private practice. He was a skilful general surgeon and an excellent administrator.

He was President of the Medical Superintendents' Society in 1944 and in 1952 secretary of the Regional Consultants' and Specialists' Association. A keen BMA man, he served on the Central Consultants' and Specialists' Committee and the Joint Consultants' Committee. He was for many years an active member of the South-West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board.

Harry was an excellent tennis player and in 1943 he married his tennis partner, Monica Hosking, who with three daughters survives him. He was also a good shot and in much demand at the bridge table. He died after a long illness on 24 August 1979 at the age of 75 and a memorial service was held for him at St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, Surrey.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1979, 2, 875].

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