Herbert William Gallagher

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:455
  1. C J Hume Logan

    At the outbreak of the second world war, Herbert William Gallagher enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps. When called up he sailed in the Munster for Liverpool and just outside the port the ship struck a mine and ultimately sank. Before they were rescued he treated the casualties and was widely praised for his efforts. He served in Egypt and India, where he met and married a ward sister in the hospital where they both worked. It was at this stage he decided to make surgery his career. He trained in the Belfast City Hospital before becoming a consultant. He was president of the Ulster Medical Society and a member of the Ulster Surgical Society and the Royal Academy of Medicine Ireland. He retired when he was 60, but not being a person to lead an indolent lifestyle, he became a local councillor in 1987 and was a founder of the Comber Probus Club. Being a Christian, he served in several philanthropic organisations. Following his wife's example, he took up embroidery and exhibited work in local competitions. His wife, Dorothy, died in 1997, and he is survived by two children and three grandchildren, whom he delighted in visiting around the world.


    • Former consultant surgeon Banbridge and Newtownards Hospitals, Northern Ireland (b 1917; q Queen's University, Belfast, 1939, FRCS Ed, FRCSI), died from cancer of the oesophagus on 22 July 2007.

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