Lives of the fellows

Henry Bryan Frost Dixon

b.12 July 1891 d.20 January 1962
MC(1916) BA Dubl(1911) MB BCh BAO Dubl(1913) MD Dubl(1934) DTM&H Eng(1937) MRCP(1926) FRCP(1938)

Henry Bryan Frost Dixon was born in Dublin, the son of W. H. Dixon, of 24 St. James Street, Dublin, and was educated at the city’s Bluecoat School. After graduating at Trinity College he held the posts of house surgeon, house physician and resident obstetrician at the Westminster Hospital. He joined the R.A.M.C, as a lieutenant at the outbreak of the First World War, throughout which he was on active service in France. Subsequently he served in Iraq and India from 1920 to 1924. He returned to India for a further tour of duty from 1928 to 1932.

From 1933 to 1936 he was medical specialist at the Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, Millbank, with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. At the outbreak of the Second World War he was stationed in Malta, where he remained during the critical period until 1942, and was president of the Malta branch of the B.M.A. He was promoted colonel in 1941. Later he served in northwest Europe and was D.D.M.S. West Africa Command, from 1945 to 1946. In 1947 he retired from the Army with the honorary rank of brigadier, and was appointed senior medical officer and medical consultant to the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance. He retired in 1958.

Dixon was a man of tremendous energy, applying himself with enthusiasm to every task which he undertook. In India he carried out an important investigation of the role of pamaquine in the prevention of relapses in malaria. At Millbank in 1933 he took part in a study of cysticercosis, an important cause of epilepsy in soldiers who had served in India. He became fascinated by this condition and for the rest of his life continued to follow up patients suffering from the disease, keeping meticulous records no matter whether he was stationed in London, the Middle East, or West Africa. He was the joint author of several important publications on the subject.

At the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance he was ideally suited to the task of preparing cases for the tribunals and courts, and on his retirement received many tributes to his skill and integrity. He was always devoted to the R.A.M.C., to which no one could have been more loyal.

In 1922 he married Alexandra Mihailova, formerly Baroness Fittinghoff, daughter of M. A. Staritski, of Petrograd. There were no children. He died in London at the age of seventy-one.

Richard R Trail

[, 1962, 1, 490, 1082; Times, 23 Jan. 1962.]

(Volume V, page 103)

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