John Pilkington Clayton

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 01 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1234
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Tenterden
  1. jacquiyoung1{at}

Surgeon apothecary to HM Household at Windsor who saved the Queen Mother from choking on a fish bone

John Pilkington Clayton, who has died aged 94, was surgeon apothecary to the Royal Household at Windsor and to HM the Queen Mother’s Household at the Royal Lodge, Windsor. He featured in newspaper reports in November 1982, when he was called out to attend HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother after a fish bone became stuck in her throat. The Queen Mother, aged 82 at the time, was still choking and unable to swallow when Clayton arrived. He advised that she should be taken immediately to hospital, where she made a speedy recovery.

John Clayton was born in Ryde on the Isle of Wight in 1921. He had four siblings, two of whom died before he was born. His father was Brigadier-General Sir Gilbert Clayton, a British army …

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