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Biographical entry Huggill, Peter Harold (1919 - 1988)

MRCS 1943; FRCS 1948; MA Cambridge 1957; MB,BCh 1943; LRCP 1943; DLO 1948.

28 December 1919
18 December 1988
ENT surgeon


Peter Harold Huggill was born on 28 December 1919 in Surbiton and attended Dulwich College before reading medicine at Downing College, Cambridge in 1938. He completed his studies at King's College Hospital where he was house surgeon to Victor Negus and Terence Cawthorne. After service in the RAMC in India and Singapore he returned to King's as ENT registrar in 1948 and after posts at St Mary's and the (Royal) Marsden Hospitals he was appointed consultant to Taunton and South Somerset Hospital Group.

When he arrived there in 1954 the ENT department had recently moved to the Musgrove Park site and he was instrumental in converting it to a modern unit with facilities for all the new techniques he had learned in London. He took a special interest in medical records and became a long-standing chairman of the Medical Records Advisory Group. He was also chairman of the South Western Laryngeal Association and forged links with both South Wales and Brittany and annual meetings alternated between France and the UK.

Outside medicine his life was also very active. He was a keen gardener and was the chairman of the committee organising the Taunton and Somerset Flower Show for many years. He was an adept DIY expert with a special interest in restoring old cars and in woodcarving. He was chairman of the Taunton Civic Society and served on the National Committee of the Marriage Guidance Council. He was a lay reader in the Church of England for 34 years.

In 1943 he married Diana Pearce Higgins SRN and they had a daughter, also a nurse, and two sons. He died on 18 December 1988 after a long struggle, borne with great courage, against multiple myeloma. The Church of St Mary Magdalene, Taunton where he had preached was crowded for his Thanksgiving service.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from his widow and Julian Upton FRCS].

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