David Anthony Earnshaw

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 27 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2078
  1. Jonothan Earnshaw,
  2. Timothy Earnshaw

Born a Yorkshireman, who never forgot his heritage, David Anthony Earnshaw (“Tony”) excelled at Heath Grammar School, and won a place at Cambridge University, where he studied medicine (and met his life partner, Gill). After clinical medicine and qualification at Guy’s Hospital he did house jobs and then National Service.

His father in law offered Tony a position in general practice, in Earl Shilton, in 1960. He modernised what was a rural practice, and designed the Kings Walk Surgery, which was to be the home of general practice in Earl Shilton for 20 years. Tony was a dynamic and intelligent doctor, prepared to be supportive or humorous, as the situation needed. As he became older, he took on leadership roles in local medicine, culminating in chairmanship of the local medical committee, which he did until he retired in 1989.

Tony had an enormous range of literary and artistic interests that included photography, painting, and medal making. In retirement he and Gill travelled widely and enjoyed the company of their family and friends.

In 2005 Tony had a major stroke, which had a devastating effect on his health. At the same time Gill’s health began to deteriorate too, but they remained fiercely independent until he died. Even in poor health, Tony developed a technique to scan images of garden flowers, leaving a legacy of hundreds of beautiful pictures.

He leaves Gill, a retired GP; two sons; and five grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2078


  • Former general practitioner, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, (b 1930; q Guy’s Hospital 1952; FRCGP), d 19 January 2012.