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Bryant, Hugh Arnold

Hugh Arnold Bryant died at Bloemfontein, O.R.C., June 7th.

Guy’ s men of the years 1886 to 1892 will hear with much regret of the death from enteric fever at Bloemfontein, of Civil Surgeon H. A. Bryant, R.A.M.C. He entered Guy’ s in 1885, and took the double qualification of the Conjoint Board in 1892. As his fellow student during the whole hospital course I knew him well. He was one of those who looked on the bright side of life, and his always courteous and gentle manner soon earned the affection of all who knew him, either as a friend or colleague. Most sensitive himself, he never forgot the feelings of others, and he always seemed to live in the sunshine of the hill tops, and never to sink into the gloom of the valley mists. One of his strongest characteristics was his hatred of vulgarity, and he never tolerated for a moment references to the failings of others. Keenly critical himself, he was never caustic in his remarks, and whatever he thought of those he was thrown with, he always passed off their peculiarities with a humorous jest. Always smart in appearance, he must have hailed the day of Asepsis with enthusiasm, and his outward appearance was but a manifestation of the cleanness of his soul.

He was thoroughly incapable of any selfish act, and these strong points were soon discovered and valued by his colleagues in the wards. Tireless in his efforts for them, he was most valued by his patients, and it always struck me that no sick man could have had a more gentle friend or a more conscientious helper. Those who knew him best will most feel his loss, and I am sure all old Guy’s men will sympathise with Mr. Thomas Bryant, as one of those who at this sad time is mourning the loss of one of Guy’ s best souls. F.H.O. Guy’s Hospital Gazette July 7, 1900

Biographical

Surname(s)Bryant
First name(s)Hugh Arnold
Date of birth1867
Place of birthSt. Luke, Middx
Family detailsSon of Thomas and Adelaide Bryant
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1886-1892
Dept / courseConjoint Diploma
QualificationsM.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.
Military unitAttached Royal Army Medical Corps
War / conflictSecond Boer War (1899-1902)
Rank at deathCivil Surgeon
Place of deathBloemfontein
Cause of deathDied of enteric while on service in South Africa.
Commemoration(s)Guy’ s Hospital Memorial
SourcesGuy’ s Hospital Medical School Records, King’ s College London Archives

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