CyrilBMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7415.609 (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:609
- Penny Harding, retired associate specialist in ophthalmology
- Leicester Royal Infirmary
Cyril was the last patient at the end of a busy clinic in Leicester, and he came into my room with his daughter. He was an octogenarian with a smart appearance, an upright stance, and a military looking moustache. I just happened to say “Do I detect a slight Welsh accent?” and the response to this casual question has led to three years of an association that has given us both much unexpected pleasure.
He told me that he was originally from Shropshire but had fought during the second world war with the 4th Battalion, The Welch Regiment. My father, who died 30 years ago, had been a colonel …