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Biographical entry Hurrell, Thomas Albert Henry (1919 - 1997)

MRCS and FRCS 1952; MB ChB Otago 1947; FRCS Edinburgh 1951; FRACS 1963.

23 December 1919
Eltham, New Zealand
17 March 1997
General surgeon


Tom Hurrell was born in Eltham, New Zealand on 23 December 1919, the son of Thomas Hurrell, a coachbuilder and May Patten, daughter of a goldminer. Their only son, he had five sisters. He was educated at Hawera High School and Otago University, being somewhat set back when he developed poliomyelitis and a weak lower limb. He was house physican and house surgeon in Christchurch before coming to England to study for the FRCS, after which he was registrar at Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, where he was greatly helped by E B Whittingham. In 1949 he married Dr Sheila Wilding and they had one son, who became a doctor. His wife retired early due to blindness caused by diabetes. He was a keen salmon fisherman. He died on 17 March 1997.

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