Marnham, Ralph

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Marnham, Ralph

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Born in Stellenbosch, South Africa, the son of farmer Arthur Marnham and Janet Micklem. Educated at Diocesan College, Rondebosch.

Studied at Caius College, Cambridge and St George’s Hospital Medical School; qualified in 1925. Appointed honorary assistant surgeon at St George’s. FRCS 1930, Mch 1933. Governor of St George's Hospital 1948-1951.

Joined the RAMC during the Second World War, and was officer in charge at military hospitals and consultant surgeon in East Africa. After the war, he continued working at St George’s. Also worked at the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital, Taplow, Mount Vernon Hospital and King Edward VII Hospital for Officers. Surgeon to the royal household of King George VI in 1946 and surgeon and serjeant-surgeon to Queen Elizabeth in 1967-1971. Appointed KCVO 1957. President of the Association of Surgeons. Consultant to the Republic of Sudan in London 1965-1981. Examiner in surgery at the Universities of Cambridge and London. Member of the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Married Muriel in 1927; they had a daughter, but Muriel died the following year. In 1942 he married Helena Daley; they had two sons. He died 25 Nov 1984.


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