Born: 5th April, 1901. Died: 5th February, 1980

President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1962 - 1962

Edward James Gilroy Glass:- 32a, The Ropewalk, Nottingham; M.B., Ch.B., Edinburgh, 1924; F.R.C.S. Edinburgh. D.L.O. England 1930; (University of Edinburgh & Paris) E.N.T. Surgeon, Nottingham Group of Hospitals; Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (President of the Section of Laryngology); Member (Vice President) Midland Institute for Laryngology; Late Colonel Royal Army Medical Corps; Assistant E.N.T. Department, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh; House Surgeon, General Hospital, Nottingham

Medical Directory 1963


Mr. James Fulton Neil wrote:- Edward James Gilroy Glass was born at North Berwick, Scotland, on 5th April 1901 and graduated in medicine from Edinburgh University in 1924. He was appointed house surgeon to the Ear Nose and Throat Department at the Nottingham General Hospital in 1926, and two years later he took the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). The next year he was appointed honorary assistant Ear Nose and Throat surgeon to Mansfield and Nottingham City Hospitals and continued his work at the general Hospital, becoming honorary assistant surgeon in 1935. During the 1930’s Roy Glass studied at Philadelphia and visited clinics in Paris Vienna, and Holland. His career was interrupted by the war. Since 1927 he had been medical officer in the Territorial Army. in 1938 he was promoted to major and posted as ENT surgeon to No. 16 General Hospital, serving in France and during the retreat and subsequent evacuation. In 1941 he was appointed to raise and command No. 80 British General Hospital for service in India, later commanding No. 57 India General Hospital. He finished his war service as assistant director of medical services Central Command India.

When Roy Glass returned to civilian life he was appointed senior ENT surgeon to the Nottingham General Hospital, where he was able to use his flair for administration in getting the department through the early years of the Health Service. He was instrumental in setting up combined clinics in conjunction with the school health service. Later he served for three years as chairman of the group medical committee and as a member of the management committee and as a member of the management committee. In 1962 he was elected president of the section of laryngology of the Royal Society of Medicine, and at the same time was president of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society. Roy retired in 1966 and subsequently moved to Guernsey, where he was able to pursue his two lifelong interests, fishing and gardening.

Dr. W. K. S. Moore wrote:- Roy Glass was a man of parts. Some saw the distinguished surgeon, some knew the senior RAMC officer, but beyond these aspects of his life was a keen fisherman, a knowledgeable gardener, a skilful embroiderer, a yachtsman, and above all a warm-hearted and steadfast friend. Roy was a man of his word, never undertaking anything he could not fulfil. Without being gregarious, he enjoyed the company of friends both young and old with whom he delighted in exploring Guernsey and talking over affairs old and new. He retained his soldierly bearing and neatness all his life, and never lost the slightly formal good manners of his Scottish upbringing.

British Medical Journal, 22nd March, 1980. Page 873.


Mr. Glass was the only member of the Nottingham General Hospital Honorary Staff to be called up for service in the 2nd World War. A Territorial Medical Officer of many years standing, Mr. Glass was attached to the Robin Hood Rifles at the outbreak of war.

He served in France in No.16 General Hospital, and was through the retreat and subsequent evacuation.

Following his return from France he did duty an an ear, nose, and throat specialist in several hospitals, but early in 1941 was given the task of raising No.80 General Hospital (Later No.80 British General Hospital) and went to India in command of it as Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1945 No. 80 General Hospital was selected as the British Hospital to proceed to Tokyo, but by that time Mr. Glass had been promoted to the rank of Colonel and given the command of No. 57 Indian General Hospital, and later posted as A.D.S.M., Central Command, India, which appointment he held until demobilized after V.J. Day. He was awarded the T.D. in 1943.


A History of the General Hospital Near Nottingham.


Frank H. Jacob M.D., F.R.C.P.

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