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Biographical entry Hefferman, Leslie William (1895 - 1957)

MRCS 6 August 1920; FRCS 14 December 1944; LRCP 1920; DObst RCOG 1941; FRCS Ed 1944; MB BS London 1943; MD 1945.

7 March 1895
20 June 1957
General surgeon and Obstetrician and gynaecologist


Born on 7 March 1895 the son of Major W St M Hefferman, Burma Medical Service, he was educated at Epsom College, where he was a prefect and won the Modern History prize. He served as a combatant in the first world war, with the rank of Captain in the 7th battalion, the Border Regiment, and was severely wounded in France in 1917. He then resumed his medical training at the Middlesex Hospital and qualified in 1920, acting for a time as prosector to the examiners for London University, the Conjoint Board and the Royal College of Surgeons. From 1920 to 1924 he served in Burma, as an assistant chief medical officer of the Burma Corporation and surgeon to the General Hospital at Namtu.

He settled in practice at Swansea, Glamorgan, where the rest of his life was spent, and took a prominent part in professional and civil affairs. He was surgeon to the General Hospital, and medical referee for various assurance companies. He was president of the Medical Practitioners' Union from 1938 to 1948, and served as a borough councillor for Swansea from 1930 till his death in 1957. He was interested in the practice of domiciliary obstetrics, and in middle age took a series of higher degrees, beginning with the Diploma in Obstetrics of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He made his postgraduate courses at the British Postgraduate Medical School and in Edinburgh, and won distinction in anatomy at the London MB BS examination in 1943.

Hefferman was a commissioner of the St John Ambulance Association, a Commander of the Order of St John, and an honorary life member of the Priory of Wales.

He practised at Granville House, 1 Ysgol Street, St Thomas, Swansea, latterly in partnership with D H Gamage MRCS. He died on 20 June 1957 at his home The Spinney, West Cross, Swansea, aged 62, survived by his wife and their son.

Domiciliary obstetrics. Med World 1949.
Modem trends in domiciliary midwifery. Med Press 1952.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Epsom College Register 1855-1954 p 207, no 1911; The Times 21 June 1957 13 E; Brit med J 1957, 1, 1535; Lancet 1957, 2, 50 with appreciation by JB].

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