Dr William Louis Murray Bigby

Personal Details

Family name: 
Given name(s): 
William Louis Murray
Date of birth: 
Date of death: 
Place of birth: 
Wallington, Croydon

Education and Qualifications

General education: 

School not known; Guy’s Hospital Medical School

Primary medical qualification(s): 


Initial Fellowship and type: 

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship: 
Other qualification(s): 

MBBS, London, 1930; DA(RCP&S), 1949

Professional Life and Career

Postgraduate career: 

After house surgical and resident obstetric posts at Guy’s, Dr Bigby joined a general practice in Southampton, later becoming Honorary Anaesthetist to the Royal South Hants & Southampton Hospital. During WW2 he played a major part, as Deputy MOH, in the civil defence of Southampton, work for which he was awarded the MBE in 1942. After the war he returned to his pre-war joint appointments, but with the coming of the NHS he specialised in anaesthetics, taking the DA in 1949, becoming a consultant in 1950 and retiring in 1971.

Professional interests and activities: 

Dr Bigby was very much involved in the St John Ambulance Association, serving for almost 50 years as a lecturer, examiner, and for a while as area commissioner. He also contributed to the administration of local hospitals and the local branch of the Mission to Seamen.

Other biographical information: 

Dr Bigby was a charming, always cheerful man. Predeceased by his wife, he died at the age of 91 leaving a son and daughter, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Author and Sources

Robert Julian Palmer.
Sources and any other comments: 

Obituary. BMJ 1998; 316: 1249 written by John Mackeith, an ENT surgeon and friend. Also personal communication from Dr Douglas Pearce. A photograph can be seen at https://www.bmj.com/content/316/7139/1249