Papers of Dr Thomas Kay (1868-1938), surgeon

Scope and Content

Travel expenses of Civil Surgeons T. Kay and W. V. Eaves, 1900; List of contents of surgical bag made by Evans and Wormull, London, c.1900.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Kay was born in Helensburgh and educated in Larchfield Academy. He graduated MB, CM, from Glasgow University in 1893 and held resident appointments in the Western Infirmary, Glasgow with Dr James Finlayson and Sir William Macewen, and studied for a while in Paris. He served from 1899 to 1901 in South Africa as a Civil Surgeon and was awarded the Queen's Medal with five clasps, and mentions in Dispatches. On his return from South Africa he joined the staff of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and was appointed Visiting Surgeon in 1914. He was admitted a Fellow of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 1906. He served in France throughout the First World War being initially in command first of a Casualty Clearing Station, later of a Field Ambulance, and was promoted A.D.M.S. of the 46th Division and afterwards of the 1st Division. He was awarded the D.S.O., was mentioned in Dispatches three times, and received the Croix de Guerre. He was Honorary Surgeon to the King 1927 to 1929. Following the First World War he returned to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary as its Chief and retired from practice in 1928.

Dr Wilberforce Vaughan Eaves, whose travel expenses are also listed, became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians in 1890.


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