Albert Victor CraigBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5371 (Published 25 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5371
- Jane V Broadbent, Elizabeth S Sherwood, Rosemary A Cordingley, Patricia M Foong
Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, Albert Victor Craig was named after his father, a general practitioner, who had died of pneumonia while his mother was pregnant with him (BMJ 1924;1:90.1). Victor’s father had served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the first world war, being awarded the military cross for bravery in attending to wounded soldiers under fire of heavy guns and gas shells, the lasting effects of which undoubtedly contributed to his premature death.
The circumstances of Victor’s birth enabled him to enter for a Medical Foundation scholarship to Epsom College. From Epsom it was a natural progression to study medicine, like his father. He was awarded a scholarship to University College Hospital, where he qualified at the age of 21, the training having been reduced to four years to produce more doctors for the war effort. He was evacuated to Leatherhead for second MB, where anatomy and …