Dr Cecil Hugh Myddleton Hughes

Personal Details

Dr Cecil Hugh Myddleton Hughes OBE MBBS FFARCS MRCS LRCP

27/08/1879 to 02/05/1960

Place of birth: Kensington, London

Nationality: British

CRN: 715249

Education and qualifications

General education

Westminster School; Westminster Hospital Medical School, breaking his studies in 1900 to serve as a Surgeon Dresser at the Imperial Yeomanry (a volunteer unit) Field Hospital during the Boer War.

Primary medical qualification(s)


Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

MBBS, London, 1905

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

After resident posts (including house surgeon and house officer in obstetrics) at the Westminster Hughes worked as administrator of anaesthetics there until 1913 when he joined the honorary staff of King’s College Hospital as assistant anaesthetist. During WW1 he served in the Royal Navy as a consultant anaesthetist with the temporary rank of Surgeon-Commander, working at the Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham and being appointed OBE. In 1921 he became senior anaesthetist and lecturer in anaesthetics at King’s, also working at the Seaman’s (Greenwich), Samaritan Free, National Dental and Bethlem Royal Hospitals. He retired (early) in 1936, but returned to work at the Leatherhead Emergency Hospital during WW2.

Professional interests and activities

Averse to the standard technique of the time (deep ether) Hughes was an ‘artist’ in the use of light planes of anaesthesia, using a spinal if abdominal relaxation was required. He was a good teacher, insisting on an exact knowledge of the signs of anaesthesia, and contributed to the organisations of the specialty: Section of anaesthetics, RSM – secretary (1913-15, undertaking much of the work to establish the Hickman Medal), president (1928-9); AAGBI: member of the founding committee and first Council (1932-4).

Other biographical information

The son of John Myddleton Hughes FRCS, he married relatively late in life and had no children.

Author and sources

Author: Prof Tony Wildsmith

Sources and any other comments: Obituary. Anaesthesia 1960; 15: 441-2 Thanks to the Archives of Westminster School for additional information