Certificates of Professor V B Green-Armytage

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Certificates issued to Professor Vivian Green-Armytage during his medical career, including those awarded to him during his military service during the First World War, and as a Foundation Fellow of the RCOG, and comprising the Mention in Despatches, Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, French Legion d'Honneur, and Societe Francaise de Gynecologie.

Administrative / Biographical History

Vivian Bartley Green-Armytage was born in Clifton, Bristol in 1882, the son of a solicitor. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1906, and was commissioned in the Indian Medical Service in 1907, having won the Montefiore Surgical Medal while at the Royal Army Medical College. As a resident doctor and surgeon at the Eden Hospital, Calcutta, he is said to have received ‘his gynaecological baptism’ in the ‘constant and ever-flowing stream of sick and diseased women’, and to the time he left India in 1933 as Professor of Midwifery and Gynaecology at the Calcutta University, he drew his clientele from all over the continent, such was his reputation.

Green-Armytage served with distinction during the First World War, being mentioned in despatches three times, and receiving the Mons Star, the Croix de Chevalier, and the French Legion of Honour, a high-ranking honour of which he was justly proud.

On returning to London in 1933, Green-Armytage joined the honorary staff of the West London Hospital and built up a successful consulting practice in Harley Street, becoming ‘an important part of the London scene in obstetrics and gynaecology’. Although he was absent in India during the foundation years of the British College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, he had however been a recipient of one of the original invitations to join as a Foundation Fellow in 1929, and he served the College with great vigour as Chairman of the Indian Reference Committee between 1931 and 1933, retaining the links between the College and its Fellows and Members in India. He later served as College Vice-President between 1949 and 1952, under the presidency of Dame Hilda Lloyd, and doubtless used his international sympathies to great effect as Overseas Officer.

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Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Penny Hutchins, College Archivist

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is vested in the estate of the Crown and others.

Reproductions are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Custodial History

These items are thought to have been donated to the RCOG in January 1962 by Mrs Green-Armytage, and 1 file was displayed in a cabinet with other items which were stolen from the College in 1971. The remaining items were discovered at a later date and added to the collection.

Related Material

Related material held at the RCOG may be found at the following references:

RCOG/E10/8 Papers relating to the Green-Armytage and Spackman Travelling Scholarship, and Green-Armytage's bequest to the College

RCOG/E10/12 Papers relating to the J Y Simpson Oration endowed by Green-Armytage