Dr Humphrey Bowstead Wilson

Personal details

Dr Humphrey Bowstead Wilson OBE MA MBBCh FFARCS MRCS LRCP DA

01/11/1883 to 01/01/1962

Place of birth: Knightwick, Worcestershire

Nationality: British

CRN: 715283

Education and qualifications

General education

Charterhouse School; Pembroke 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, 1905 (MA, 1910); MBBChir, Cambridge, 1910

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

Wilson was house physician and both house officer & SHO obstetrics at St Thomas’s before working as an assistant in the bacteriology laboratory. However, by 1914 he was anaesthetist at Great Ormond Street & the Royal Ear Hospitals, then spending WW1 in the RAMC (see below). In 1920 he returned to Great Ormond Street and was also anaesthetist at St Thomas’s Hospital. These appointments continued until 1940 when he was senior anaesthetists at St Thomas’s only. He seems to have retired sometime around 1942-3.

Professional interests and activities

Awarded the DA(RCP&S) without examination (1936), he served two terms on the AAGBI Council (1947-8 & 1954-7), but nothing else has been found – there was only a death notice in the BMJ.

Other biographical information

A freemason from his student days, he was gazetted OBE as Major RAMC on 01/01/1919, having served with 5th Casualty Clearing Station in WW1.

Author and Sources

Author: Prof Tony Wildsmith

Sources and any other comments: Medical Directories | www.ancestry.co.uk | Mrs Elizabeth Mills OBE DSc(Hon), family historian