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Medical Graduates of 1944

The year of 1947

George Dalton (M 1947)


“Charlie” Smout, Sub-Dean and Professor of Anatomy said that we were “the worst year in his experience having, a poor performance in sessional exams, general untidiness and smoking, leaving cigarette ends as litter”. He would be surprised to hear that Bill Lees became a medical missionary in Borneo where besides teaching the inhabitants, he translated parts of the Bible into local language(s). I think he might be pleasantly surprised that of the 60graduands, one (Geoff Slaney) became President of the Royal College of Surgeons. There were 2 further professors: Keith Shinton and Peter Gray.

Several others became consultants:

  • Physicians: Hugh Leather, Michael Fitzgerald.

  • Paediatricians: Peter Gray, Michael Simpkiss.

  • Surgeons: Paul Cotterill, Des Oakland, John Binks, George Dalton.

  • Anaesthetists: Phil Robinson, Mary Dudley, Ken Cowan.


“Niel” Daniel Hanson compiled a booklet about the year. Unfortunately he was killed in an avalanche in Switzerland in 1948 or 1949.


After six years together in war and peace, blitz and the ballrooms, lectures, dissection and ward rounds we have come to know each other tolerably well. We hope that in this small book each one of us will, in the years to come, have some remembrance of our friends who went through these exacting and sometimes exciting times together.


P. M. Bachelor

Love thy God and love him only, And thy breast will ne’er be lonely – A. T. de Vere


W. Bekenn

Dulce bellum inexpertis – Erasmus


J. B. Binks

The most perfect humour and irony is generally quite unconscious – Samuel Butler


C. W. Bird

A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man – W. Hazlitt


D. G. Boyle

My idea of an agreeable person ... is a person who agrees with me – B. Disraeli


F. A. J. Bridgewater

He passes for a youthful miracle of prudence, good sense, and benevolence – Sheridan


P. H. Cadbury

Mighty maiden with a mission, Paragon of common-sense, Running fount of erudition, Miracle of eloquence – W. S Gilbert


A. E. Caines

The human knee is a joint and not an entertainment – Percy Hammond


A. M. Clark

No wher so bisy a man as he ther nas, And yet he seemed bisier than he was – Chaucer


C. P. Coterill

But I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue – Exodus

Slow and steady wins the race – Robert Lloyd


K. A. Cowan

Yet still he fills affection’s eyes, Obscurely wise, and coarsely kind – Samuel Johnson


L. H. Cowan

A young Scotsman of your ability let loose upon the world with £300, what could he not do? It’s almost appalling to think of; especially if he went among the English – J. M. Barrie


D. M. Curtis

Thou fair young man, whose hairs shine in mine eye, Like golden wires of David’s ivory lute – George Peele


G. A. Dalton

Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy – Shakespeare

D. Darlington

Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will in general become of no more value than their dress – W. Hazlitt


C. J. C. Davey

You must now, then, think him extremely headstrong and daring; one who would spring upon drawn swords and even leap into the fire – Plato


J. Domenet

Das ewig Weibliche zieht uns hinan – Goethe

The French are wiser than they seem – Bacon


D. R. Dudley

Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward – Job


M. Dudley

Some people are more nice than wise – Cowper

Nymph of the downward smile and sidelong glance – Keats


J. M. Evans

My failing is to be the creature of impulse, and to wear my heart, as it were, outside – Dickens


M. L. Fallon

“That ‘ere young lady,” replied Sam, “she knows wot’s wot, she does.” – Dickens


S. Fairclough

Vitality in a woman is a blind fury of creation – G. B. Shaw

Are her fond responses, All-or-none reactions? – W. H. Auden


M. G. Fitzgerald

See what a grace was seated on this brow Hyperion’s curls – Shakespeare

And a woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a Smoke – Kipling


C. E. Gee

Charlie is my darling, The Young Chevalier – James Hogg


O. P. Gray

Of Science and Logic he chatters, As fine and as fast as he can, Though I am no judge of such matters, I’m sure he’s a talented man – W. M. Praed


D. A. Hanson

He had only one vanity – he thought he could give advice better than any other person – Mark Twain

Judge not that ye be not judged – St. Matthew


G. L. Harper

To play billiards well is a sign of an ill‑spent youth – C. Roupell in letters of

Herbert Spencer


J. Henry

And the lady shall say her mind freely – Shakespeare


J. B. Hird

These are much deeper waters than I had thought – A. Conan Doyle


F. G. Isaacs

Wer nicht liebt Wein, Weib und Gesang, Der bleibt ein Narr sein Leben lang – attr. to Luther


N. J. Jones

Love and scandle are the best sweeteners of tea – Henry Fielding


W. C. Lathbury

A very gentle beast, and of a good conscience – Shakespeare


H. M. Leather

The atrocious crime of being a young man. I shall neither attempt to palliate or deny – W. Pitt

There’s sure no passion in the human soul, But finds its food in music – George Lillo


W. C. Lees

A sweet-faced man, a proper man, as one shall see in a summer’s day; a most lovely gentleman-like man – Shakespeare


J. MacKenzie

To a woman, not to show more weakness than is natural to her sex, is great glory, and not to be talked of for good or evil among men – Thucydides


W. H. MacIlveen

Ihr seid noch ziemlich wohl gebaut; An Kühnheit wirds euch auch nicht fehlen, Und wenn ihr euch nur selbst vertraut, Vertrauen euch die andern Seelen. Besonders lernt die Weiber führen! Ein Titel muss sie erst vertraulich machen Dass eure Kunst viel’ Künste übersteigt – Goethe


B. W. Marson

Careless she is with artful care, Affecting to seem unaffected – W. Congreve


F. W. Millard

For God’s sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself – R. L. Stevenson


A. L. Mintz

To travel hopefully is better than to arrive, and the true success is to labour – R. L. Stevenson


D. J. Oakland

Rather a tough customer in argeyment, Joe, if anybody was to try and tackle him – Dickens


J. Pearson

O! So light a foot, Will ne’er wear out the everlasting flint – Shakespeare


J. C. E. Pougher

Da mihi castitem et continentiam, sed noli modo – St. Augustine

To marry is to domesticate the recording Angel. Once you are married, there is nothing left for you, not even suicide, but to be good – R. L. Stevenson


P. Pratt

A gentleman, Nurse, that loves to hear himself talk; and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month – Shakespeare


M. M. Rayner

The ripest fruit falls first ... – Shakespeare

Marriage is popular because ...– G. B. Shaw


H. C. I. Richardson

Art and nature thus allied ... – W. S. Gilbert


L. W. Robinson

All men have their faults. Too much modesty is his – Goldsmith


P. W. H. Robinson

Lastley, (as this is, perhaps, the golden rule) no woman should marry a teetotaller, or a man who does not smoke – R. L. Stevenson


B. Shaw

There were things which she stretched, but mainly she told the truth – Mark Twain (modified)


M. J. Simpkiss

The most fluent talkers, or most plausible reasoners, are not always the justest thinkers – W. Hazlitt

Lorsque le médecin fait rire le malade, C’est le meilleur signe due monde – Moliere


G. Slaney

He that kills me some six or seven of Scots at a breakfast, washes his hands, and says to his wife – Fie upon this quiet life, I want work – Shakespeare


F. H. N. Smith

A lover of the meadows and the woods – Wordsworth

A little amateur painting in water-colour shows the innocent and quiet mind – R. L. Stevenson


W. T. Smith

Il n’est trésor que de vivre à son aise – Villon


N. K. Shinton

Who’s fond of his dinner, And doesn’t get thinner, On bottled beer and chops – W. S. Gilbert


H. Thorpe

No woman is a woman until she has had a child – Untraced


R. Towler

In idle wishes fools supinely stay, Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way – G. Crabbe


P. Twist

Anything to me is sweeter, Than to see shock-headed Peter – H. Hoffman


A. J. Whitex

There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a women’s pulse – Laurence Sterne


R. Whitelaw

Ah, Madam. You know everything in the world but your perfections, and you only know not those because ‘tis the top of perfection not to know them – W. Congreve


M. Wigley

An equal mixture of good humour, And sensible soft melancholy – Pope

The Graduation Photograph

Back Row: left to right: G. L. Harper, F. W. Millard, F. J. C. Davey, H. M. Leather, F. A. J. Bridgewater, C. W. Bird, D. G. Boyle, M. J. Simpkiss, J. F. Beatson-Hird, L. W. Robinson, A. J. White, D. R. Dudley


3rd Row: left to right: W. Lees, W. Lathbury, W. H. McIlveen, G. A. Dalton, W. L. Gordon, W. E. Bekenn, A. E. Caines, C. E. R. Gee, P. M. Twist, F.G. Isaacs, J. C. E. Pougher, W. T. Smith, G. Slaney, M. G. Firtzgerald, K. A. Gowan


2nd Row: left to right: Miss P. H. Cadbury, J. B. Binks, A. M. Clark, O. P. Gray, A. L. Mintz, L. H. Cowan, D. M. Curtis, N. K. Shinton, P. W. H. Robinson, D. Darlington, P. Pratt, C. P. Cotterill, F. H. N. Smith, D. A. Hanson, Miss B. Shaw


Front Row: left to right: Miss M. L. Fallon, Miss M. D. Wigley, Miss P. M. Batchelor, Miss N. J. Jones, Miss E. M. Dudley, Miss H. C. I. Richardson, Mrs. M. M. Rayner, Miss S. Fairclough, Mrs. H. V. Thorpe, Miss J. Domenet, Miss B. W. Marson, Miss J. M. Evans, Miss J. Henry, Miss R. A. S. Whitelaw, Miss G. J. Pearson


Absent: Miss J. L. McKenzie, D. J. Oakland, Miss R. W. Towler

The Reunion Photograph


Back Row: left to right: C. W. Bird, G. Slaney, F. W. Millard, P. W. H. Robinson, N. K. Shinton, J. B. Binks, B. H. Smith, G. A. Dalton, M. G. Fitzgerald, H. M. Leather


Middle Row: left to right: D. Darlington, W. C. Lees, F. H. N. Smith, A. E. Caines, J. C. E. Pougher, D. M. Curtis, C. J. C. Davey, G. E. R. Gee, A. M. Clark, J. Harper, G. L. Harper, W. H. McIlveen, C. P. Cotterill, O. P. Gray


Front Row: left to right: B. Jones, P. H. Southall, R. A. J. Whitelaw, N. J. Gibbs, M. M. Rayner, G. J. Davey, J. M. Gray, H. C. I. Williams, P. M. Batchelor, S. Peto

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