Nottingham Hospitals History



President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society


William Morley Willis:- 7, Regent Street, Nottingham; F.R.C.S. (England) 1896. M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., London, 1895 (Bristol & St. Bartholomew's Hospital), Martyn Memorial Pathological School, Bristol General Hospital. Honorary Surgeon, Nottingham General Hospital, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Member of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society. Late:- Surgeon, Children's Hospital, Nottingham, House Surgeon, Bristol Hospital for Sick Children, and Casualty Officer, Bristol General Hospital.

Medical Directory 1915.


William Morley Willis was born in Bristol in 1869 and was educated at Taunton Grammar School. After being in business for some years he turned to medicine on coming of age and studied at the University College, Bristol, where he won prizes in anatomy, and at the Bristol General Hospital he was Martyn Memorial Pathological Scholar and Medalist, later Surgical Casualty Officer. He also studied at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. After acting as House Surgeon to the Bristol Hospital for Sick Children and as Resident Medical Officer to the Sunderland Royal Infirmary, he started in practice at Nottingham in 1897. He was appointed Surgeon to the Children’s Hospital, and in 1901 Assistant Surgeon to the Nottingham General Hospital, later becoming Surgeon. He restricted his practice to surgery, and during the First World War undertook various duties in the Military Hospital of the Nottingham Area. From being apparently in good health, he was struck down by illness  and died on June 26th, 1918. He had practiced latterly at 7, Regent Street, Nottingham, and was survived by his widow and two daughters.

Willis was a brilliant surgeon, a skillful diagnostician, and a most agreeable, kindly and courteous colleague, always ready to give help and advice in difficult cases, and eager to assist the younger men in any way he could.

Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England