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Biographical entry Weston, William Harry Jayne (1903 - 1975)

MRCS 1940; FRCS 1941; BSc 1925; MB BS London 1941; LRCP 1940.

28 November 1903
7 March 1975
General surgeon and Medical Officer


William Harry Jayne Weston was born in Liverpool on 28 November 1903 and educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby. After graduating in science in 1925 he spent nearly eight years as a schoolmaster at Pangbourne and Windsor. At the age of 30 he took up medicine and qualified at St George's Hospital, London, in 1940. After resident appointments and taking the FRCS in the year of his graduation he joined the RAMC and became a surgical specialist. He was demobilised with the rank of Major after serving in India and Burma and then worked at the Prince of Wales's Hospital, Tottenham.

In 1947 he joined the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and became surgeon-in-charge of the hospital at Musjid-il-suleiman. Later he was senior medical officer to the oilfields in Iran. When the oilfields were nationalised in 1952 he returned to England and served again in the RAMC as a surgeon at Chester and then at Qatar in the Persian Gulf. When Iranian Oil Services started operations in Persia in 1954 he was sent to reorganise the medical services. After suffering a myocardial infarct he was advised to give up surgery and was appointed chief medical officer of Iranian Oil Services in London. His duties took him to Holland, the USA and Persia where he was always a welcome visitor. He made many Persian friends in all walks of life and spoke their language fluently. He was honoured with the award of the Iranian Neshane Homayoon in 1961. After his retirement in 1968 he was retained by the company as a consultant.

Weston was a popular man and a keen fly fisherman. In his early years he had played rugby for the North of England Public Schools, for Rosslyn Park and for Surrey. He died suddenly on 7 March 1975.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1975, 2, 45].

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