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Charles Anthony Jackson

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Charles Anthony ("Tony") Jackson's understanding of the human condition no doubt stemmed from his prisoner of war experiences during the second world war. Captured in Hong Kong on Christmas Day 1941 while serving in the RNVR, he survived being torpedoed in transit to a camp in Japan, where he spent the remainder of the war. He performed essential operations with old razor or hacksaw blades and no anaesthetic; often all he could do was to transmit his own desire to live by holding the sick man in his arms and pleading with him to fight. He was awarded the MBE in recognition of his efforts. Tony's faith and outlook also carried him through personal trials: total gastrectomy for carcinoma; surgery for a malignant leg ulcer; operations on both hips for increasing pain from chronic osteomyelitis and osteoarthritis; and surgery and radiotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. With its recurrence he could fight no longer. Nevertheless, during retirement he became a wine connoisseur and gourmet cook, and despite much pain and decreasing mobility travelled widely. He leaves his Italian ex-wife, two sons, two daughters (one a physiotherapist), and five grandchildren [Mary Shepherd].

(Charles Anthony Jackson, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, Colindale, St Charles, and Harefield Hospitals 1951-78; b Golders Green 1912; q St Bartholomew's 1939, FRCS 1946; d 3 February 1995.)


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