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Biographical entry Moreton, Adrian Leonard (1886 - 1975)

MRCS 1910; FRCS 1913; MB BS London 1913; MS 1916; LRCP 1910.

18 December 1886
18 December 1975
Marlborough, Wiltshire
General surgeon


Adrian Leonard Moreton was born in London on 18 December 1886 and educated at Merchant Taylors' School and St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he qualified with the Conjoint Diploma in 1910. After junior hospital posts he passed the London MB BS in 1913, winning the University Medal and gaining distinctions in surgery and midwifery. In the same year he took the FRCS, and in 1916 the MS. He was appointed a demonstrator of anatomy at St Bartholomew's and because of his tall stature and popularity as a teacher was known affectionately as 'Long Moreton'. A tuberculous infection compelled him to abandon work for nearly two years, but ultimately he became medical superintendent of the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease. The hospital moved from Queen Square to Swanley in Kent, where he not only set up a first-class treatment centre but also welcomed visits by groups of students from Bart's, who did not see tuberculous hips under treatment in their own medical school. He was also honorary surgeon to the Children's Hospital for Hip Disease at Sevenoaks.

Moreton was an honorary life member of the Fly-fishers' Club, having joined them in 1910. He was an authority on the chalk streams of the country and had delightful memories of the great personalities who had fished them. His valuable collection of fishing literature was bequeathed to the club. When he retired he settled at Hungerford, where he enjoyed both the fishing in the river Kennet and also the traditional features of the town. He became one of the Commoners and a water bailiff and always attended meetings of the court. In 1955 he married Mrs Coventry, a neighbour in Hungerford, but unfortunately ill health shortened their time together, as she died in 1958. Although in his later years arthritis limited his activities he continued to work in his house and garden, and, thanks to his unimpaired memory, his stories and anecdotes of past experiences gave much pleasure to his many friends. Ultimately he suffered a heart attack and was admitted to the Savernake Hospital, where he died a few days later on this 89th birthday. In his will he bequeathed several engraved portraits to the College.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 20 December 1975; Brit med J 1976, 1, 227].

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