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Biographical entry Tuckett, Cedric Ivor (1901 - 1975)

MBE 1946; MRCS 1926; FRCS 1928; MA MCh Cambridge 1930; LRCP 1926.

12 December 1901
10 February 1975
General practitioner and General surgeon


Cedric Ivor Tuckett was born on 12 December, 1901. He was educated at Rugby, Cambridge University and St Thomas's Hospital where he won the Cheselden Medal and qualified MRCS, LRCP in 1926. He played rugby for the hospital and held a number of senior resident posts, becoming FRCS in 1928 and MCh in 1930. He then entered general practice in Tunbridge Wells and developed a surgical practice at the Kent and Sussex, Tunbridge Cottage and Homeopathic Hospitals. He was at his best as a family doctor because all his patients and their families became his friends.

He joined the RAMC in 1939 as a surgical specialist and served in field surgical units until the war ended. He then went briefly to India and was demobilised with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He gave up his family practice in 1948 when the NHS began but he continued in surgical practice until he retired in 1966.

In retirement he devoted his time to gardening, shooting and his family. When his heart began to fail he managed, to his delight, to finish the shooting season with someone carrying his gun. He died on 10 February 1975, survived by his wife, Lettice and children Jill, Philip, Hilary and Andrew.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1975, 1, 580].

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