Dr John Charles Buckley


30/06/1907 to 11/01/1993

Place of birth: Nottingham

Nationality: British

CRN: 495196

Education and qualifications

General education

Eastbourne College; Peterhouse College, Cambridge; St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School

Primary medical qualification(s)

MBBCh, Cantab, 1934

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

BA, Cantab, 1929; MRCS LRCP, 1934; DA(RCP&S), 1937

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

Early PG appointments were as casualty officer & house surgeon, Royal Victoria & West Hants Hospital, Bournemouth and house physician, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He was then house anaesthetist at both Westminster (1936-7) and Golden Square ENT Hospitals (1938-9) before appointment as honorary anaesthetist to Woolwich Memorial, Princess Beatrice & Italian Hospitals, and anaesthetist at Golden Square. During WW2 he served (1940-45) in Malta, Palestine & France as a Major in the RAMC, returning thereafter to his home town, Nottingham, as honorary anaesthetist to the General, Children’s and Women’s Hospitals. He became a consultant after the inception of the NHS, and subsequently also worked at the local thoracic unit. He retired from these appointments in 1972, but worked part-time at the out-patient unit at the City Hospital for another five years.

Professional interests and activities

Active in both Nottingham’s Medico-Chirurgical Society (president, 1969-70) and the TA (TD, 1969). Honoured to have worked with Magill at the Westminster where his predecessor was Dr Ruth Mansfield and successor Dr (later Sir) Geoffrey Organe.

Other biographical information

From a medical family (father & uncle) he married Edith Phyllis Drakeford, and they had three children one, Richard, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon. His main recreation was gardening. For the Church of England he was a Church Warden (1946-8) and later a Member of the General Synod (1970-5).

Author and sources

Author: Prof Tony Wildsmith

Sources and any other comments: Boulton Form | Medical Directory | Mr Richard Buckley (son) | Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society which kindly provided the photograph