Lives of the fellows

Arthur Griffith Maitland-Jones

b.6 March 1890 d.17 May 1957
MC(1918) OBE(1919) MB BS Lond(1921) MD Lond(1922) MRCS LRCP(1914) MRCP(1921) FRCP(1933)

Arthur Maitland-Jones, the elder son of the Rev. Joseph Maitland-Jones and his wife, Jeannie Maitland, was born in Merthyr Tydfil and educated at Taunton School and the London Hospital. Shortly after taking the conjoint diploma in 1914 he joined the R.A.M.C., and for his outstanding service was awarded the Military Cross, twice mentioned in dispatches, made an O.B.E, and given the Croix de Guerre (1917).

On demobilisation he held junior posts at the London Hospital, and was assistant to, and later assistant director of, the medical unit until 1923, when he spent a year at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He returned to the London Hospital to hold the first staff appointment in the newly created department of paediatrics, which he served until his retirement in 1945. He was on the staff of the Infants’ Hospital, Vincent Square, from 1928 till 1939, part of this time as chairman of its medical committee.

In addition he was consultant to Dr Barnardo’s Home, the Royal Merchant Navy School and the National Adoption Society, and a valued member of the League of Nations Committee on Infant and Child Nutrition. During World War II he administered two sectors of the Emergency Medical Service, and later was attached to the Southern Command of the Army.

Maitland-Jones was not a prolific writer, but he contributed sections to the textbooks of medicine by J. J. Conybeare, and R. L. Cecil, and to Sir Leonard Parsons and S. G. Barling’s Diseases of infancy and childhood. He was a president of the section of diseases of children of the Royal Society of Medicine, and of the British Paediatric Association, 1949-50, although he had retired in 1945 to farm for two years in North Devon before returning to his native Wales to settle at Crickhowell, Brecon.

He was a good clinician, a good teacher and an able administrator, very popular with students and colleagues. He had a great affection for his parent hospital. His hobbies were those of the outdoor: cricket, golf, shooting and fishing.

In 1926 he married Miriam, daughter of Dr John Ritchey, of Oil City, Pennsylvania. They had one son and one daughter.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1957, 1, 1366-7; Lancet, 1957, 1, 1202 (p); Lond. Hosp. Gaz., 1957, 50, 80 (p); Times, 27 May 1957.]

(Volume V, page 263)

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