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Biographical entry Kirwan-Taylor, Harold George (1895 - 1981)

MRCS 1917; FRCS 1924; MB BCh Cambridge 1920; LRCP 1917.

14 April 1895
2 December 1981
Obstetrician and gynaecologist


Harold George Kirwan-Taylor was born on April 14, 1895. His father was chairman of a property company and his mother was the authoress and barrister, Mary Kirwan. He was educated at Epsom College, Trinity College, Cambridge, and St George's Hospital which he was to serve for most of his professional life. He qualified in 1917 and after resident appointments at St George's Hospital he obtained the FRCS in 1924 and soon after joined the staff as obstetrician and gynaecologist and he subsequently served the War Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Lying-In Hospital in Lambeth. He was a consultant gynaecologist to the Ministry of Pensions, and the boroughs of Woolwich and Bexleyheath. He was also an examiner to the Universities of Cambridge and Durham, the Conjoint and the Midwives Board and the Society of Apothecaries.

Kirwan-Taylor was a first class all-round sportsman. He captained Epsom at cricket and subsequently played for the Young Gentlemen of Surrey, the Grand Fleet and United Services. He represented Cambridge at hockey and also played for the Wanderers and Middlesex County. He represented Queen's Club at squash and had a golf handicap of five. He was a keen shot and fisherman and was well known in the hunting field and took a great interest in his farm.

In the first world war he was a Surgeon-Probationer RNVR and later a temporary surgeon in the Royal Navy. In the second world war he became a colonel in the Army Medical Service and was a temporary consultant surgeon to the MEF in 1940. In 1926 he stood as prospective Conservative candidate for East Woolwich. He married Elizabeth Mary Neild in 1926 and they had a son and three daughters. The marriage was dissolved in 1946. He died aged 86 on 2 December 1981.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 5 December 1981].

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