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Name: WELCH, Harvey Henry Vincent MRCS (Dr.)

Death Date: 31 Dec 1939 Zanzibar

First Date: 1913

Profession: Resident Surgical Officer, European Hospital.

Area: Nairobi

Married: 1. Margaret 2. In Kensington 1938 Ivy Anne Gertrude Appleton

Book Reference: KAD, Red 25, Red 22, Nicholls, Gazette

War Service: East African units

School: St Thomas's Hosp. 1905. MRCS (Eng), LRCP (Lond), MB, BS (Lond), FRCS (Edin)

General Information:

During the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1924 Coryndon was not looking well. Noticing his grey sheen, Dutton asked what was wrong, to be told, 'I believe I am going to have twins.' In fact, he was having trouble with his pancreas. J. Langton Gilks, director of medical services, visited Coryndon in bed one morning but was not unduly alarmed. Dr P.A. Clearkin visited shortly afterwards, was horrified at what he saw and urged immediate admission to hospital. But this was delayed until the evening even though Coryndon was unconscious, because the Chief Justice could not be found to swear in the Acting Governor. Dr H.H.V. Welch, resident surgeon at the European hospital, a drug addict who had been MO at Wajir before the war, operated and found acute haemorrhagic pancreatitis from which Coryndon could not be saved. He died within a few hours and Welch submitted his resignation on health grounds, which was accepted. In fact no surgeon could have saved Coryndon, though Welch later tried to blame his death on the anaesthetic Clearkin had administered, claiming that the Governor's heart could not stand the operation at such a height as Nairobi's.
Gazette 15/11/1913 - Arrived on 1st Appointment - Medical Officer - 27/10/1913
Red 25 - Doctor in charge, European Hospital
Passenger list of 1929 says he was 72, but this cannot be right. His wife was Margaret.

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