Lives of the fellows

John Inkster

b.15 January 1888 d.15 June 1960
MB ChB Aberd(1920) MD Aberd(1913) DPH Cantab(1914) MRCP(1920) FRCP(1941)

John Inkster is remembered for his quiet manner, his ready wit, his great friendliness and his love of the College. He was born in Aberdeen, where his father, James, was a master mariner; his mother was the daughter of George Scott. He entered Aberdeen University from the local Grammar School, and had held resident posts at Victoria Park Chest Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, and taken his M.B. and D.P.H, when he was mobilised in August 1914 as lieutenant, R.A.M.C., attached to No. 10 Field Ambulance. He served first as regimental medical officer to the Somerset Light Infantry in France, to which he returned as specialist physician with No. 6 Stationary Hospital following a period as second-in-command of Field Ambulances in Salonika.

Further post-graduate work after demobilisation led to his appointment as physician to the North Ormesby Hospital and several small hospitals around Middlesborough. There for twenty years Inkster directed a laboratory service which he had instituted at his main hospital. He was a highly respected consultant, held in great affection by all his junior colleagues to whom he gave ready and wise advice.

In 1923 he married Olive Mary, daughter of Benjamin Hartnell Cox, of Leyton, Essex. They had two daughters and one son, who became a consultant anaesthetist at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Richard R Trail

[Lancet, 1960, 1, 1421.]

(Volume V, page 210)

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