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Biographical entry Taylor-Young, Harold Strang (1902 - 1988)

KStJ 1950; MRCS 1928; FRCS 1930; BA Cambridge 1924; MB BCh 1928; LRCP 1928.

3 March 1902
3 June 1988
General surgeon


Harold Strang Taylor-Young was born on 3 March 1902. He was the second son of Hugh Corbett Taylor, a gynaecologist in Sydney, Australia, and his wife Annie Rankin, née Strang. Taylor-Young noted on his CV form that his father "never legally hyphenated his name", but that he did in 1930.

He came to England where he was educated at St David's, Reigate; Rugby; Trinity College, Cambridge, and St Thomas's Hospital. Before entering the latter he spent a year at St Mary's Hospital in order to obtain the primary Fellowship. After qualifying he held house appointments and was subsequently clinical assistant in both the paediatric and orthopaedic departments at St Thomas's Hospital.

He spent his whole professional life at Salisbury General Hospital in Wiltshire. He was a striking figure and a leading citizen of the cathedral city where he held many public appointments. In particular he spent forty years of voluntary service with the St John Ambulance Brigade rising to the rank of Surgeon in Chief, Knight of Grace and member of the Chapter General.

He married Nancy Adelaide Seymour in 1930 and they had a son and a daughter. They also adopted a nephew who was orphaned by the war. Taylor-Young enjoyed skiing and tennis, and also quoted the National Trust as an extra curricular interest.

He died peacefully at his home on 3 June 1988 survived by his wife and family. A memorial service was held in Salisbury Cathedral on 16 June 1988.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 6 June 1988].

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