Nottingham Hospitals History



(1881 - 1946)

President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1936 - 1937.

William Fulton Niel:- 9, The Ropewalk, Nottingham. M.R.C.S. 14th November, 1907; F.R.C.S. 10th June, 1909; B.Sc. New Zealand, 1902; M.B., Ch.B. 1906; L.R.C.P. 1908; Honorary Surgeon, General Hospital, Nottingham & Ilkeston, Heanor & Skegness Hospital.

Medical Directory 1940


Born in New Zealand on the 25th March, 1881, the sixth child and second son of James Fulton Neil, chemist, and his wife Annie Hardie. He graduated in science at Otago University, Dunedin in 1902 and qualified there in 1906. After beginning to practise there, he came to England and took the Conjoint qualification at the end of 1907 and the Fellowship in 1909. William Fulton Neil served as House Surgeon at the Nottingham General Hospital and settled in practice there. He was in France as a surgical specialist, with the rank of captain, R.A.M.C., gazetted 4th November, 1915, in the early years of the war, but returned to Nottingham in 1917. He was in due course elected surgeon to the Nottingham General Hospital and became chairman of its medical staff committee. He was also surgeon to Ilkeston, Heanor, and Skegness Hospitals.

William Fulton Neil had a large private practice; his chief interests were in abdominal surgery and the teaching of his house surgeons; he paid much attention to the buildings and administration of his hospitals. Neil served as president of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society, and of the Travelling Surgical Club He formed many friendships with continental surgeons, in particular with Hans Finsterer of Vienna. He was chairman of the Nottingham division of the British Medical Association. Neil married in 1915 Ena Kerr Smith, who had been a sister at the Nottingham General Hospital; she survived him with three children. A daughter and a son, Captain James Fulton Neil, R.A.M.C., became doctors. He died on the 21st January, 1946, aged 64. Neil was a man of calm energy, devoted to his work, cheerful, kind, and popular.

From the Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England