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Biographical entry Welsh, Fauset (1904 - 1997)

MRCS and FRCS 1931; BSc Birmingham 1924; MB ChB 1927.

22 November 1904
5 November 1997
General surgeon


Fauset Welsh was a consultant surgeon at Birmingham General and Children's Hospitals. He was born on 22 November 1904 at Handsworth, Birmingham, in the early hours of a snowy morning. His father, William Welsh, was a general practitioner. His mother was Sarah Jessie née Gillespie. He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, and the University of Birmingham, and at medical school was president of the students' guild.

After being house surgeon and house physician at the Queen's Hospital, and resident surgical officer at the General, United Birmingham and Children's Hospitals, he entered the regular RAMC in 1929 as a Lieutenant and served for one year. During the second world war he was a conscientious objector and served in the Emergency Medical Service. He was appointed as a consultant surgeon to the Birmingham General and Children's Hospital, where he achieved distinction for his work on breast cancer and the management of cleft palate and hare lip. He was President of the Midland Medical Society.

He was a keen golfer and a popular after dinner speaker. In 1934, he married Margaret Elizabeth Stirton, by whom he had three sons and three daughters, none of whom went into medicine. In 1970 he married Jean Marie Louise Overall. There are 16 grandchildren. He died on 5 November 1997.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 1998 316 559].

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