Dr Victor Eades Vessell

Personal Details

Dr Victor Eades Vessell FFARCS MRCS LRCP DA

07/09/1885 to 23/04/1961

Place of birth: Paddington, London

Nationality: British

CRN: 715415

Also known as: Eades

Previous/other family name: Birth name was Victor Vesselovsky; anglicised to the above circa 1927


Education and qualifications

General education

Schooling unknown; St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School

Primary medical qualification(s)


Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)


Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

Early hospital appointments were house surgeon at Hampstead General, assistant casualty officer at St Thomas’s, and resident assistant anaesthetist at St Mary’s. Served in the Dardanelles with the RAMC during WW1, achieving the rank of Major and afterwards was resident anaesthetist and then senior casualty surgeon at St Mary’s. There are gaps in information during the 1920s, but circa 1925-6 he was acting medical superintendant at King Edward’s Sanatorium, Midhurst. In 1927 he became anaesthetist to the Royal Northern Hospital, his main appointment until retirement in 1948. Soon he was also honorary anaesthetist to the Grosvenor Hospital for Women & the Metropolitan ENT Hospital, and later consultant anaesthetist to the London County Council. He was anaesthetist to the Emergency Medial Service during WW2.

Professional interests and activities

Little known except membership of AAGBI Council (1937-42) during which time he made the formal proposal that the Association publish its own journal. Awarded DA(RCP&S) without examination in 1939.

Other biographical information

Russian father, English mother. Married Edith Walford in 1933, but no children have been identified.

Author and Sources

Author: Prof Tony Wildsmith

Sources and any other comments: St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School Archive (held at King’s College, London) | Ancestry.co.uk | Medical Directory | Boulton TB. The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain ad Ireland. London: AAGBI, 1999