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Biographical entry Jenkins, Stanley Aubrey (1914 - 1987)

TD; MRCS 1936; FRCS 1939; BSc Wales 1933; MB BCh 1936; MB,BS London 1936; LRCP 1936.

3 April 1914
9 August 1987
Orthopaedic surgeon


Stanley Aubrey Jenkins was born in Cardiff on 3 April 1914, the son of Stanley Eugene Jenkins, chief clerk to a ship repairing firm, and Gladys Eliza, nee Bowers. He was educated at Cardiff High School before entering the University of Wales for his pre-clinical studies and graduating BSc in 1933 as well as winning the Alfred Hughes Medal in anatomy. He completed his medical training at St Bartholomew's Hospital and qualified in 1936 having obtained honours in surgery in the London MB examination, in addition to passing the final MB of the University of Wales and the Conjoint Diploma. His early house appointments were at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary and he remained there as assistant lecturer in pathology until 1939 when he passed the FRCS examination shortly before his 25th birthday.

In 1937 he joined the Territorial Army and was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps. Two years later on the outbreak of war he was called up, serving as a surgical specialist with the rank of Major in Greece, Crete, Cyprus and North Africa where he was mentioned in despatches. On demobilisation he became lecturer in orthopaedic surgery at the Postgraduate Medical School, working with Professor Grey Turner and Professor Ian Aird until 1951 when he decided he preferred to work outside London and successfully applied for the post of consultant orthopaedic surgeon to Eastbourne Health District. He soon acquired a high professional reputation and in addition to his clinical duties served as chairman of the Eastbourne division and President of the Sussex branch of the British Medical Association. In 1968 he was President of the Eastbourne Medical Society.

He retired in 1969 but continued his hobbies of gardening and attending to two acres around his home as well as fishing and supporting the local branch of the British Legion. Despite having undergone heart surgery he remained active until the end of his life. In 1940 he married Joan Dutton and there was one son of the marriage who is in practice as a dental surgeon. He died on 9 August 1987, aged 73.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1987, 295, 613 with portrait].

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