Dr Henry Lawrence Willey

Personal Details

Dr Henry Lawrence Willey MA MBBCh FFARCS MRCS LRCP DA

13/10/1894 to 07/03/1975

Place of birth: Sheffield

Nationality: British

CRN: 715533

Education and qualifications

General education

Harrow Shool; Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge; St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School

Primary medical qualification(s)


Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

BA, Cambridge, 1918 (MA, 1921); MBBCh, Cambridge, 1922; DA(RCP&S), 1936

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

Returned to Sheffield after working as casualty officer, house physician and clinical assistant at St Thomas’s to join his father in general practice, and was appointed honorary anaesthetist at the Royal Hospital in 1923. In 1939 he also became visiting anaesthetist, Rotherham Hospital, adding Jessop Hospital for Women, Sheffield in 1948 and the Municipal General Hospital, Rotherham in 1949. He retired circa 1960.

Professional interests and activities

As an instructor in anaesthetics for the University of Sheffield his teaching was much appreciated by his students.

Other biographical information

Undergraduate studies were interrupted when he volunteered for the army, serving as a temporary Captain with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and being wounded on the 1st day of the Somme in 1916. He served as both treasurer and president of the Sheffield and East Midland Society of Anaesthetists, and was elected an honorary life member in 1972.

Married to Katherine Edith Violet Cuff, they had two daughters, Katherine Elizabeth and Mary Roxane (Cuff), both of whom married, and a grandson Rory Herbert (son of Mary).

An enthusiastic Freemason, he held high provincial rank.

Author and Sources

Author: Dr Adrian Padfield

Sources and any other comments: Obituary, BMJ 1975; 2: 197 | Medical Directory [3] Padfield A. Sheffield Aesculapian Society Newsletter 19/04/2018 (copy on file). Photograph available on http://www.hathersage-remembers.org.uk/2016/11/30/willey-henry-Lawrence/