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Biographical entry Bradmore, Herbert Michael (1917 - 1998)

MRCS and FRCS 1948; MB ChB Edinburgh 1942; FRCS Edinburgh 1946.

26 April 1917
Wokingham, Berkshire
16 August 1998
Thoracic surgeon


Herbert Michael Bradmore was a consultant thoracic surgeon at St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth. He was born in Wokingham, Berkshire, on 26 April 1917. His father, Herbert Ernest, came from Rhodesia, where he had business interests. His mother, Emily Jane Brownlie, was the granddaughter of the Keeper of the Regalia in Edinburgh Castle and she herself was born in the castle. Business affairs took the family to Edinburgh, where Michael went to a dames' school. Later the family returned to Rhodesia and he attended Michael House School in South Africa, and then later, when the family returned to Edinburgh, the Royal High School. He gained a place at the medical school at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, but his student career was interrupted by a spell of nine months in a sanatorium for tuberculosis. He did well, returned to his studies and qualified in 1942.

His future wife, Rosemary Robinson, had been his exact contemporary at medical school and qualified in the same year. She originally came from Rhodesia, where her father was manager of the prestigious Meikles Hotel in Salisbury. She was particularly interested in paediatrics and later, when they were in Portsmouth, did fine work in Gosport. They were married in 1943.

Disqualified from military service because of his history of tuberculosis, Michael completed a series of junior appointments, passing his FRCS Edinburgh in 1946 and FRCS England in 1948. An appointment as first assistant at the London Chest Hospital led him into that speciality, and he was appointed consultant in thoracic surgery at St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth, in 1954. For a time he also did some sessions in Southampton.

Through the course of their professional careers, Michael and Rosemary enjoyed a happy family life bringing up their two sons. After retirement in 1982 they were able to travel together, particularly enjoying visits to Mexico and Egypt.

Michael's interests were wide and unusual. He was a keen bibliophile and enjoyed music and chess. He was a good linguist and mastered both Spanish and Russian. He was particularly interested in the history of warfare and was an enthusiast of muzzle-loading guns.

He died of a heart attack in the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, on 16 August 1998. His wife and two sons survived him.

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