Errol Mendus EdwardsBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3684 (Published 13 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3684
- Deirdre Edwards,
- Elinor Haf Mendus Edwards
Born and brought up in Sutton, Errol Mendus Edwards came from a family who were members of the vibrant London Welsh community. His father, who had left Wales to open a draper’s store, held fast to his Welsh roots, providing work for friends and relatives from west Wales, employing them as housekeepers and staff for his business. North Pembrokeshire continued to be a second home to Errol and his family throughout his life.
Educated at St Paul’s School in London, both Errol and his brother Elwyn went on to train as doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital. During the London bombings of the second world war, the room they shared was destroyed by the bomb that fell on St Thomas’. Both being out at the time, each thought the other had died. After gaining MRCS and LRCP in 1943, Errol was keen to take part in the war effort and, despite his father’s disapproval, signed up as a medical officer with the Royal Army Medical Corps and deployed to India. Brought up on Kipling and stories of the Empire, he fulfilled a childhood dream to experience life in …