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Richard Emmott Shaw

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 30 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3681
  1. Rob Blacklock

Richard Emmott Shaw was born in Ravensthorpe in the West Riding of Yorkshire. He came from a family of corn millers. Educated at Mirfield Grammar School, he then studied medicine at Leeds University. After surgical appointments on the professorial unit at Leeds General Infirmary and as RSO at the Dewsbury and District Infirmary, he was called up for military service in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He initially served as medical officer to an infantry unit in Norfolk, where he met his future wife, Jean Duncan Hart. He then went off to North Africa as surgical specialist to military hospitals in Algeria and later to Europe. He married Jean on 17 August 1945 at North Walsham. Soon after, he was dispatched to Kenya for two years (Nairobi and Mombasa). A careful reading of the regulations persuaded him that he was entitled to …

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