Lives of the fellows

Timothy Branston Nugent Oldrey

b.19 May 1942 d.3 September 2007
MB BS Lond(1966) MRCS LRCP(1966) MRCP(1973) FRCP(1985)

Brigadier Timothy Branston Nugent Oldrey was consultant physician in the Army. He was born in London, the son of Brigadier Ernest Nugent Oldrey, an Army officer, and Audrey Oldrey, a housewife. There were several doctors in the family, including three great uncles, Ernest Edward Lewis, Colonel Stanley Lewis and Edmund Symes Thompson [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IV, p.165], and a great grandfather, James Edwin Anderton. Oldrey’s aunt, Beryl Nugent Hammond (née Oldrey), was the founder of the Oldrey-Fleming School of Speech Therapy. Through the Lewis family connection, he may have been related to Edward Jenner of Berkeley, the pioneer of smallpox vaccination.

Oldrey was educated at Hillstone School, Malvern, and then Sherborne. He studied medicine at Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, and qualified MB BS and MRCS LRCP in 1966. During his time as a medical student he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps on a regular commission.

He was a house physician at the Middlesex Hospital and then a house surgeon at the Mount Vernon Hospital in 1967. From 1967 to 1970, he was a medical officer with seven Para Royal Horse Artillery. He was then a trainee in medicine at the British military hospitals in Singapore (from 1970 to 1971) and in Hong Long (from 1971 to 1972). In 1972 he was promoted to major and became a specialist at the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot. He then moved to the Royal Herbert Hospital in Woolwich. In 1973 he gained his MRCP.

From 1974 to 1975, he was an honorary senior registrar at St Thomas’ and Brompton hospitals, London. He then spent three years as a senior specialist at the British Military Hospital in Rinteln, West Germany. In 1978 he went back to the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot.

In 1979 he was appointed as a consultant physician at the British Military Hospital in Berlin. In 1980 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and moved to Dharan, Nepal, and then a year later to the British Military Hospital in Hong Kong. From 1982 to 1984, he was based at the Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital in Woolwich and served for some of that period in the Falkland Islands. From 1985 he was stationed at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, RAF Wroughton. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1985.

In 1993, once he had retired with the rank of brigadier, he was appointed as an honorary physician to the Queen.

Outside medicine, he was interested in natural history (especially ornithology), field sports (including fly fishing and shooting), collecting antique silver and gardening.

In 1973 he married Valerie Marguerite Oldrey. They had a son and two daughters.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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