Nottingham Hospitals History


President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1977 - 1978


William Matthew Gray:- Woodside, Vicarage Lane, Farnsfield, Newark. F.R.C.S. (Edinburgh) M.R.C.S. (England); L.R.C.P. London 1937 (Kings College Hospital). Surgeon, General Hospital and Nottingham City Hospital. Member of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society. Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Late:- Resident Surgical Officer, Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield: House Surgeon, Prince of Wales Hospital, Tottenham. Major R.A.M.C. T.A.

Medical Directory, 1977


Mr. William Matthew Gray, F.R.C.S. (Edinburgh) was a consultant surgeon in Nottingham from 1947 to 1979. He was born in Oxford in 1914, and was educated at Oxford High School and later Kings College Hospital, London, qualifying as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians in 1937. During the war he served in the Grenadier Guards as a medical officer and later as a surgical specialist seeing service in the Middle East, Yugoslavia, and Italy.

During the time of his service in Nottingham Mr. Gray had a reputation as a fine general surgeon. However, he was to gradually become more and more interested in genitourinary work and when the renal dialysis unit was set up at the Nottingham City Hospital this enabled him to form the genitourinary unit, which later became a teaching unit as part of the Nottingham University’s Faculty of Medicine.

Mr. Gray’s retirement was plagued by constant ill health which finally ended his life on 11 June 1990. To this day his memory is still cherished by the members Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society who knew him, and any chance within an inaugural address to mention his name is still spoken of with pride, and honour.


BMJ Volume 301 12-25 August, 1990. Page 384.