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HERBERT SMITH WALLACE


(1886 - 1961)


President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society


1938


Herbert Wallace Smith:- 23, Regent Street, Nottingham. M.B., Ch.B., Edinburgh, 1908 (University of Edinburgh), Assistant Honorary Physician and Honorary Dermatologist, General Hospital, Nottingham; Assistant Honorary Physician, Children’s Hospital, Nottingham. Late:- House Surgeon, North Riding Infirmary, Middlesborough; House Physician, General Hospital Nottingham.


Medical Directory, 1937

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William Trethowan Rowe wrote: Herbert  Smith Wallace was born at Prestonpans on February 2, 1886, the seventh of ten brothers. Graduating M.B., Ch.B. at the University of Edinburgh in 1908, he became house surgeon to the North Riding Infirmary, Middlesborough, and then, in 1910, house physician at the Nottingham General Hospital. Four years later he was appointed honorary assistant physician to the hospital. Soon after his appointment to the honorary staff Dr. Wallace, and enthusiastic Territorial Officer, was mobilized with the Nott’s and Derby Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance and went east with them in 1915. He was soon posted as officer-in-charge of the medical division of No. 88 General Hospital, where he served until demobilization in 1919.


Returning to Nottingham after the war, he decided to specialize in dermatology and was appointed honorary dermatologist in 1920, an appointment he held until 1948 when he became consultant dermatologist until his retirement in 1951. He also held honorary appointments in the Children’s Hospital, Nottingham and in Newark General Hospital but his main duties were with the General Hospital in Nottingham.


Outside the hospital he was an active supporter of the British Medical Association and of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society. From 1924 to 1928 he was joint secretary and treasurer of the Nottinghamshire Division, and at the British Medical Association Meeting in Nottingham in 1926 he was honorary secretary of the Section of Dermatology. His early work as secretary was recognized by his becoming chairman of the Nottingham Division in 1935-6, and later he became president of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society in 1938-9.


His interests were not entirely in the field of medicine. As a young man he was an enthusiastic footballer and played both Association and Rugby football in the same season. Later golf became his hobby and his weekly relaxation was a four ball match at Hollinwell. Even in retirement he maintained his interest in sport and took up archery with his customary enthusiasm. An ardent Freemason, he became not only Master of his Lodge but was promoted to Provincial Grand Lodge honours.


Dr. Wallace was a popular member of the hospital staff and took a great personal interest in his younger colleagues. His brisk walk, his incisive speech, his puckish grin, and his fund of common sense were long remembered with gratitude by those who had the pleasure of being his colleagues.


British Medical Journal, September 30, 1961. Page 902.


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