Lives of the fellows

Sidney Locket

b.2 May 1915 d.6 February 2012
MRCS LRCP 1938 MRCP(1945) MB BS Lond(1946) FRCP(1972)

Sidney Locket was a consultant physician, nephrologist and toxicologist at Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, Essex. Born in London, he was the son of Alfred Locket, a clothing importer, and his wife, Wilhelmina née Karet, whose father, Jacob, was also in the clothing import business. After attending the Central Foundation Boys’ Grammar School, he studied medicine at University College Medical School and Hospital. On qualifying in 1938, he entered general practice in Bethnal Green, then in Derbyshire and finally in Shropshire.

From 1941 to 1942, he did house jobs at the City Hospital in Plymouth and then moved to the County Hospital in Pembury, Kent as resident medical officer and later assistant physician, remaining until 1947. The following year he became a specialist physician at Oldchurch Hospital in Romford, Essex and was appointed a consultant physician there in 1948. He was physician in charge of the North East Regional Poisons Centre from 1954 onwards and, from 1961 to 1964, external examiner in forensic medicine at Trinity College Dublin. As a guest British Medical Association lecturer, he travelled all over the UK giving talks on the subject of poisons and he was also a lecturer on the postgraduate course for the diploma in medical jurisprudence at the London Hospital.

The author of some 35 scientific papers mostly on different aspects of toxicology, he also published two books, Medical cases described for nurses: an introduction to clinical medicine for nurses (Edinburgh, Livingstone, 1948) and Clinical toxicology (London, Kimpton, 1957).

Vice chairman of the Chadwell Heath, Ilford and Dagenham division of the British Legion, he had many enthusiasms outside medicine. He enjoyed studying Latin languages of which his favourites were Spanish, Catalan, French and Latin. He loved botany and foreign travel and would search out rare and unusual plants and flowers while on his travels.

In 1942 he married Kathleen Margery (‘Margery’) née Giles, whose father Ralph Stewart served in the Royal Navy. They had two daughters. When he died, peacefully at home after a short illness, Margery and their daughter Gill survived him, along with two grandchildren, Freja and Maximilian. Their other daughter, Virginia, predeceased him.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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