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Biographical entry Milward, Francis John (1903 - 1997)

MRCS 1927; FRCS 1929; BA Cambridge 1924; MB BCh 1927; MCh 1929; LRCP 1927.

5 April 1903
Redditch, Worcestershire
15 December 1997
General surgeon and Urological surgeon


Francis John Milward was a consultant surgeon in Chesterfield. He was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, on 5 April 1903, the son of Henry Tomson Milward, managing director of a needle-making firm, and Elsie Townsend née Newton, the daughter of an Anglican canon. An uncle, Frederick Milward FRCS, was a consultant surgeon at Birmingham General Hospital. He was educated at Rugby and Clare College, Cambridge, and, after his clinical training at St Thomas's, became house surgeon to Sir Percy Sargent and Hugo Romanis. After further junior positions as clinical assistant in the antenatal, children's, ECG and anaesthetic departments, he became surgical registrar at St Thomas's.

He was appointed consultant surgeon and surgeon in charge of the urological departments at Chesterfield Royal and Mansfield General Hospitals in 1931, although he continued to deal with orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.

In 1931, he married Rosemary Smedley Aston. They had one son, Timothy, who became a plastic surgeon in Leicester, and two daughters, Vanessa and Frances. There are six grandchildren. He was a keen horseman, fisherman and gardener. He died on 15 December 1997.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from Timothy Milward; BMJ 1998 316 1753].

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