Henry Alfred Milne

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 01 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7358
  1. Janine Milne

Henry Alfred Milne (“Bob”) graduated as a mature student in 1952, after five years as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during the second world war, where he completed two tours of ops in torpedoes, carrying a survival rate of just 3%. After his graduation from St Mary’s, Paddington, his first job was as house surgeon to Mr Dickson-Wright, the last of the general surgeons.

Specialising in gynaecology, Bob worked at some of the top London hospitals in that area at that time, including registrar posts at St Mary’s and Hammersmith postgraduate hospital and then senior registrar positions (known then as chief assistant) at Chelsea Hospital for Women and Queen Charlotte’s. In 1965 he took up a consultant appointment at Epsom District Hospital, where he worked for the next 22 years.

Soon after his appointment, Bob was approached by the medical officer for health, who was arranging a nine day clinic for anyone to attend for a check-up, to run the breast and gynaecological clinic.

The response was overwhelming: 4000 women attended, and the clinic ran from 2 pm until 11 pm continuously. So successful was the venture that a weekly clinic was set-up. Bob ran that clinic for 20 years, seeing well over 20 000 women.

Apart from work at the district hospital, Bob was also on call for the five mental hospitals, where there were 10 000 patients.

He retired from the NHS in 1987 but carried on in private practice until 1992.

Bob met his wife, Katie, a nurse, during his medical training at St Mary’s, and they were married for 62 years, until her death earlier this year. He leaves three surviving children (after the untimely death of his eldest daughter to pancreatic cancer) and three grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7358


  • Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist (b 1922; q St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London, 1952; FRCOG), died from cancer of the parotid gland on 5 October 2014.

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