Lives of the fellows

George Charles Willcocks

b.20 October 1888 d.18 July 1972
OBE MC MB ChM Sydney(1913) MRCP(1920) FRCP(1932)

George Willcocks was born in Brisbane, the eldest son of George Charles Willcocks of Devon, and his wife Mary Ann Craig from Scotland.

His early education was at a preparatory school in Camberley, but subsequently at the Brisbane Grammar School in Queensland. At the age of eighteen he entered the Faculty of Medicine of Sydney University, from which he graduated in 1913.

His career was interrupted by the first world war. Enlisting in July 1915 he served first in Lemnos and Egypt, and then in France, where he served continuously with the 2nd Field Ambulance. He was mentioned in despatches and awarded the Military Cross for his outstanding service.

In 1918 he was transferred to Headquarters, Australian Army Medical Corps, Horseferry Road, as Aide to the DGMS Sir Neville Howse, VC. For his service here he was made OBE.

In May 1919 he joined the staff of St. George’s Hospital and was admitted to Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1920.

On his return to Australia he entered consultant practice and was appointed honorary physician and lecturer in Medicine on the staff of Sydney Hospital, from which he retired in 1948. He was also a physician on the staff of the Repatriation General Hospital.

George Willcocks always had an air of superiority, but he was a charming colleague with a delightful sense of humour.

Following his retirement in 1964 because of ill health, he suffered a protracted illness from which he died in Sydney in 1972.

Sir Kenneth Noad

(Volume VI, page 460)

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