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Biographical entry Toland, Gertrude Mary Beatrice (1901 - 1985)

MRCS 1925; FRCS 1931; BA Cambridge 1923; MA 1927; MB BCh 1927; MD 1930; LRCP 1925.

Born
November 1901
Edinburgh
Died
21 May 1985
Walmer
Occupation
General practitioner, General surgeon and Obstetrician and gynaecologist

Details

Gertrude Mary Beatrice Morgan was born in Edinburgh in November 1901 and was educated at Edinburgh Ladies' College and Newnham, College, Cambridge. After graduating in the Natural Science Tripos in 1923 she went to St Mary's Hospital, London, where she qualified with the Conjoint Diploma and graduated two years later. After securing her MD and FRCS she married Dr Patrick Toland in 1932 and moved to Dover, first as an honorary surgeon and later as consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician. Apart from her hospital duties she also did general practice with her husband until they both retired in 1968.

During the second world war, while her husband was in the services, she continued her hospital work and ran the general practice on her own. There were many casualties from the shelling and bombing of the channel ports and she spent long hours in the operating theatre. She was especially busy during the evacuation of Dunkirk, when she worked tirelessly for nine days, dealing with many severely wounded troops who were landed at Dover.

She died at her home in Walmer on 21 May 1985 in the same week that the small ships sailed again from Dover to Dunkirk on the 45th anniversary of the evacuation. Her husband predeceased her and she was survived by their son, Gordon and three grandchildren, Claire, Abigail and Charles.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1985, 291, 63].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England