Frederick Charles HurrellBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1163 (Published 20 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1163
- Caroline Walker
Air Vice-Marshal Frederick Charles Hurrell (“Freddie”) devoted his 35 year career in the Royal Air Force (RAF) to aviation medicine.
Freddie, the son of an English army officer and a Spanish mother, was born in Guernsey in 1928. From the age of 8, having lost his father in 1933, he was educated at the Royal Masonic School, Bushey, where he excelled at hockey, rugby, cricket, water polo, and athletics, playing rugby for England Schoolboys against Scotland and Wales.
He began his training at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Paddington, in October 1946, as one of only six schoolboys among more than 50 demobbed ex-servicemen. While there he also boxed for the hospital as a middleweight. He qualified in 1952 and then worked at Paddington Green Children’s Hospital in both medical and surgical house positions, intending to become a paediatrician.
When he was called up to do his deferred national service in 1953, he joined the RAF on a four year short service commission, and subsequently served until 1988.
For 13 years Freddie served as senior medical officer on a variety of operational flying stations in …