David Millward

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 17 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b927
  1. Howell Lloyd

    After qualification, David Millward undertook house jobs at Bridgend General Hospital and the professorial medical unit at Cardiff Royal Infirmary. He signed on for an extra year during his national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in Cyprus and Germany. On returning from Cyprus, he married Elaine, a nurse, whom he had met on the medical unit, and they started married life in Germany, where the first of their four daughters was born.

    After leaving the forces, David entered general practice, initially as a trainee, then assistant, and finally a partner in the Docks Practice in Cardiff. During this time he became one of the two police surgeons in the city.

    In 1970 he left the Docks Practice, opened a surgery at his home in Cyncoed, Cardiff, and was appointed lecturer in general practice attached to the Welsh National School of Medicine. He developed a fine reputation as a caring family doctor and had many hospital specialists and their families as patients. In addition to being the archetypal “doctors doctor,” he was also highly regarded and admired by his non-medical patients. Throughout his professional life he was a loving husband and father to his four daughters.

    In his younger days photography and sailing were his main interests, but in his later life he derived great pleasure from enjoying good food and wine with colleagues and friends in the Cardiff and County Club, where he was a long standing member, also serving on the club’s committee. David and Elaine also travelled widely after his retirement with their large circle of close and like-minded friends.

    David bore the ill health which dogged him after retirement at the age of 63 with great fortitude and was never heard to complain. He died peacefully at home in his 76th year on 10 June 2008 leaving his wife, four daughters, and eight grandchildren.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b927


    • Former general practitioner Cardiff, and lecturer in general practice General Practice Unit, Welsh National School of Medicine (b 1932; q Welsh National School of Medicine 1955), d 10 June 2008.

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