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Biographical entry Guerrier, Hugh Philip (1913 - 2002)

MRCS 1940; FRCS 1947; MB BS London 1941; LRCP 1940.

2 January 1913
21 March 2002
General surgeon, Proctologist and Urological surgeon


Hugh Guerrier was a consultant surgeon in Torbay. He was born in Muswell Hill, London, on 2 January 1913, the only son of Arthur Philip Guerrier, a solicitor, and his wife, Hilda Gwendolene née Davies, whose father was a general practitioner. Hugh was educated at Cambridge House School, Margate, and Highgate School. He first entered the insurance world, working for the Alliance Assurance Company, but in 1934 decided on a career switch to medicine. He studied at Guy's, where he proved himself to be a good tennis player.

After qualifying in 1940, he continued in a wide variety of house appointments in and around London in the early war years. He was an outpatient officer at Guy's, then a resident obstetrician, house surgeon and physician at the Southern Hospital, Dartford, then an orthopaedic house surgeon at Lewisham. He finally took a post in Ipswich. He then joined the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant.

On returning to civilian life, he gained his FRCS in 1947, and was a registrar at Guy's and then a senior registrar in the department of surgery, where he received training in the developing specialty of urology. In his formative years, he was influenced by Sir Heneage Ogilvie, F R Kilpatrick, W D Doherty and, during clinical assistant posts at St Peter's Hospital, by J Sandrey, and by W B Gabriel at St Mark's Hospital on the City Road.

He was appointed as a consultant general surgeon at the Torbay Hospital, Torquay, in 1953, but he continued his specialist interests in urology and, to a lesser extent, proctology. He wrote articles on haematuria and haematospermia, contributed to the Encyclopaedia for general practice (edited by G F Abercombie and R M S McConaghey, London, Butterworths, 1963), and to the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine on Paget's disease of the anus. He developed links with the established urology department in Bristol, with John Mitchell, Ashton Miller and Norman Slade, to keep this interest alive. It was in Torquay that he continued to enjoy tennis, also developing further outside interests in sailing, golf and gardening.

He was an active member of many learned societies, including the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, and the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS), of which he was an associate member, serving on it's council from 1970 to 1974. He hosted a successful annual meeting of BAUS in 1974 during his last year on council. Although separated from the metropolis, he was an active member of the sections of urology and proctology of the Royal Society of Medicine, rarely missing a meeting of either and serving on both councils.

Many will remember him as a congenial and loyal colleague, whose quiet demeanour and whimsical sense of humour was welcoming.

He married Shelagh Streatfeild, a doctor and an anaesthetic registrar at the Royal Free, in 1939. They had four sons, the eldest of whom became a consultant in ENT surgery in Winchester. He retired in 1977, and eventually moved to live in East Sussex, where he and his wife enjoyed gardening and some sailing. He found golf difficult in later years because of cardiac problems. Shelagh, his wife, died in 1988. Hugh continued to live in East Sussex, although his health gradually failed after a stroke. He died on 21 March 2002.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from Timothy Hugh Guerrier].

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