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Biographical entry Hambly, Edmund Henry Tregothwyn (1914 - 1985)

MRCS 1937; FRCS 1938; MB BS 1937; LRCP 1937.

Port Isaac, Cornwall
9 March 1985
Orthopaedic surgeon


Edmund Henry Tregothwyn Hambly was born at Port Isaac, Cornwall, in 1914. He was educated at Blundell's and on leaving school entered St Bartholomew's where he graduated in 1937 obtaining his FRCS in the following year. Ill health prevented him from joining the forces in the second world war. He was chief assistant in orthopaedic surgery at the Westminster Hospital and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital throughout the war. He had a special interest in peripheral nerve and spinal management of wounded servicemen. After the war he was appointed consultant orthopaedic surgeon to the Prince of Wales Hospital, Tottenham, the Royal Hospital, Richmond, and Acton Hospital. He practised until 1969 when he was forced to retire due to ill health. He married Elizabeth Mary Cadbury, also a doctor. There were four children, a daughter and three sons. Two of the sons are doctors and practice as general practitioners in Cornwall.

Edmund Hambly was an active member of the Society of Friends. He served on the London County Council for nineteen years, becoming vice-chairman of the town and country planning committee. In this role he took an active part in the planning of postwar London. As a Cornishman he was very interested in the Cornish language which he was active in rekindling. He was, at one time, Bard "Gwass Arthur" at the Cornish Gorsedd. He was also a keen naturalist and protector of the natural environment.

He died on 9 March 1985.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1985, 1, 1361 with portrait].

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