Dr Thelwall Jones (Pilkington Sullivan Works) Widnes

Scope and Content

Correspondence between Wilkinson and Dr Thelwall Jones of I.C.I. (General Chemicals) Limited at the Pilkington-Sullivan Works in Widnes. The correspondence focuses on the toxic workers Wilkinson worked on during the World War, 1939-1945, and he is seeking specific data on the workers involved in the investigations in order to write a report. Thelwall Jones sends him data for the workers on the Smoke and 'J' Bomb Plants at Springfields.

The later correspondence from 1947 focuses on the use of BAL for the treatment of mercury poisoning, the doses required, and supplies of it.

For Wilkinson's research files on his work with toxic workers during the war see JFW/2/5/4.

Administrative / Biographical History

Albert Hugh Thelwall Jones (1908-1990) was born on 8 October 1908 in Ormskirk, Lancashire and studied medicine at Liverpool University graduating in 1930 and gaining his MD in 1934. He became a house physician at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary and spent a short period in general practice in Llanfair Caereinion. 1932 saw him return to his home town of Widnes and establish himself in general practice before being appointed as a medical officer to ICI. Over the ensuing years he also acted as a medical officer to a number of other chemical firms and developed an expertise in industrial medicine which meant he was refused permission to join the Armed Forces during the World War, 1939-1945. He was also appointed honorary industrial adviser to the Ministry of Supply and assisted with the health of workers working on nuclear fission and was subsequently appointed to the Protection Sub-Committee of the MRC Atomic Energy Advisory Committee.

After the war he decided to pursue a career as a consultant in internal medicine and worked for a number of hospitals in the Liverpool and Lancashire area, where his interests focused on chest diseases, diabetes, and the elderly. He died as a result of a cerebral haemorrhage on 18 September 1990.