Temporary Major Arthur Hepworth RAMC

 

He was always known as Arthur even though his first name was Frank. He was born  12 January 1879  and died 5 November 1944. For most of his working life he was a family practitioner in Saffron Walden, Essex and a surgeon at the Saffron Walden Hospital.

Frank’s brother was the father of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth.

 

OBITUARY IN BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL 2nd DECEMBER 1944

 

FRANK ARTHUR HEPWORTH, F.R.C.S., died at his home in Saffron Walden, Essex, on Nov. 5th, after a long illness, at the age of 65. He received his medical education at St. John's College, Cambridge, graduating B.A. (1st. Class Natural Sciences Tripos) in 1900, and at St. Bartholemew's Hospital, taking the M.A., M.B. and B.Ch. in 1904, and F.R.C.S.Eng. in 1907. During the last war he served in the R.A.M.C. with the rank of major, and was appointed senior resident surgeon at Wharncliffe, and later at the County of Middlesex War Hospital. For his services he received the O.B.E. In 1919 he came to Saffron Walden to take up general practice. He was elected to the staff of the hospital in 1920, and in 1940 he became senior surgeon, a post he held until his death. In the years that I have known Hepworth as a neighbouring practitioner I have always been struck with the quite remarkable devotion and affection that his patients felt for him. He was a good deal more than the family doctor to them. They brought him all their troubles, for they knew that he would apply himself to their problems in that thorough and painstaking way that was his particular characteristic. One may say that he did too much for his patients, for it was this excessive devotion to his work that finally undermined his health. As a colleague I shall always remember with gratitude his unfailing readiness to help at operation or in consultation, however awkward the hour or however tired he may have been. Although he chose to remain in the ranks of the general practitioners, he was a surgeon of great competence. His judgement was sound and his knowledge very wide, for he somehow found time for extensive reading. This and his vast experience in general practice made him a mine of information to anyone needing his help, and in particular to his fellow practitioners at the hospital. He died in middle life, while still at the height of his powers. The name of Dr. Hepworth will be long remembered in Saffron Walden and in the surrounding villages, for he was one who combined in his personality the finest qualities of the traditional family practitioner with the progressive and scientific outlook of to-day.

A.G.S.

 

Arthur whilst at Cambridge in 1899

Artur operating at Wharncliffe Hospital 1916 2nd from right

Arthur in uniform 1916

 

Many thanks to Jonathon Hepworth of Totnes, Devon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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