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Biographical entry Young, Clive Hamilton (1932 - 1996)

ERD 1966; TD 1979; MRCS 1960; FRCS 1969; FRCS Edinburgh 1968; LRCP 1960.

22 October 1932
Kingston, Jamaica
5 September 1996
Military surgeon and Urologist


Clive Young was able to combine a successful urological practice with a part-time military career happily uninterrupted by war. He was born on 22 October 1932 in Kingston, Jamaica, where his father, Archibald Hamilton, an electrical engineer, was then working. His mother was Lurline, née Chandler. The family soon returned to England and Clive's first school was at Cheam in Surrey. He then spent ten formative years at Culford School in Bury St Edmunds, ending as captain of the school. Conscription required him to do military service but he was attracted to the life, and during his two years was commissioned as 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals. He maintained his connection with the Corps as a TA captain during his medical education at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. He qualified with the conjoint diploma in 1960 and took a series of resident posts in Sussex, while switching to the RAMC Reserve. His interest in urology dated from his work as registrar with Martin Claridge in Canterbury and was confirmed by five years as senior registrar to Barr Stirling in Glasgow. His consultant appointment as urologist to the Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham came in 1974. He became particularly concerned at the plight of patients with urinary diversions and ileostomy bags, giving a great deal of his time to the Urostomy, the Ileostomy and the Colostomy Associations.

His army career continued in the RAMC Volunteer Reserve in which he was successively major, lieutenant colonel and colonel in 1978, being awarded the ERD in 1966, the TD in 1979 and a Clasp to the TD in 1983.

In 1963 he married Jennifer Anne Shannon, by whom he had two sons, Simon and Mark. This marriage ended in divorce in 1992 and he took as his second wife Elizabeth Anne Colegate, a nurse manager in the NHS. He died on 5 September 1996, a year before he would have been due for retirement.

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