James Maxwell JonesBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7485.258-a (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:258
James Maxwell Jones
Former general practitioner Bridport and London, and medical missionary Lesotho (b 23 August 1915; q King’s College Hospital, London, 1938; FRCS Ed), died from old age on 4 December 2004.
James Maxwell Jones was born in northern China, the second son of medical missionaries.
Educated in Chefoo, China, then Eltham College, London, he qualified in 1938 from King’s College Hospital, where he was appointed house surgeon and then casualty officer.
The post of senior casualty officer was cut short when the London County Council commandeered the casualty department and turned it into a first aid post on the outbreak of the second world war.
Partnership in general practice in Dorset was interrupted in 1940 by his being called up into the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, in which he served as a medical officer until 1946. He was first in Fighter Command (medical officer to 609 Spitfire Squadron at Biggin Hill), and then in Training Command till he was posted to India in 1945.
On release from the RAF he resumed general practice in Bridport, which included surgery in the Cottage Hospital, specially after gaining the FRCS Ed in 1947.
He married his first wife in December 1939 and they moved to London, and they worked together in the Bethnal Green Medical Mission from 1961 to 1967.
Experience as a locum surgical registrar was followed by a year in St James’s Mission Hospital, Lesotho, southern Africa, 7200 feet up in the Malute Mountains.
His first wife died in Lesotho and he retuned to the UK in 1969 after 5 months working with the Lesotho flying doctor service as well as doing general surgery in the Government Hospital in Maseru.
In 1970 he remarried and, with his wife, worked in the Islington Medical Centre, and then the Bermondsey Medical Mission, until retirement from full practice in 1980 following kidney failure and a heart attack.
Part time general practice and private clinics, as well as the pleasant demands of a large family of children and grandchildren, plus the weekly responsibility of being honorary church organist, have filled his days. His Christian faith has sustained him from early childhood. He is survived by his wife, six children, 11 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. [Doreen Jones]
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