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Kynaston, Albert Evelyn Fairfax

Ever careless of himself and his own interests, always thoughtful of others, such was Evelyn Kynaston. To the superficial observer he was the most superficial of men; those who got beneath knew that he had deep-rooted convictions. Put forward in the form of a joke or expressed as a matter of course, he lived up to them. A colleague might ask him to change his time-off, and would learn a week later, or never at all, that he had put off a dinner and a theatre for it. He would have shared his last halfpenny with a friend, or have tossed for it at the nearest corner.

He entered Guy’s in 1899, and taking the London University course qualified M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., in 1904, but never took his degree He had been meaning to go up for it every six months for the last eight years; but the weather was fine and the fresh air good, or the weather was bad and the infirmary busy, so it was put off from time to time, but never seemed to matter for he was not a day older than when he qualified.

He played every imaginable game very tolerably well, and knew the career even of those who “also ran.” His skill with cue testified to more than an hour in “the coolest place in London,” and he always attributed his failure to get Clinical to his known prowess with this instrument. He refused to apply again as one who had got it over him, and he thought that if such men were given it he could find a better job; so in 1907 he went to the Poplar and Stepney Sick Asylum, where he stayed until the war broke out. It was there the writer got to know him, and there that everyone who worked with him got to love him, though had  a word of such sentiment reached his ears he would have fled the place at once. In the first week of the war he joined the Royal Naval Reserve and was sent to HMS Devonshire. His end was like his life, he was taken ill, pooh-poohed it and went on until the fourth week of an attack of enteric-pneumonia compelled him to go into hospital and he died, aged 33, on the 13th October, 1914. Guy's Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Number

Biographical

Surname(s)Kynaston
First name(s)Albert Evelyn Fairfax
Date of birth1881
Place of birthFolkingham, Lincolnshire
Family detailsSecond son of the late Mr Albert Edward Kynaston, Surgeon & General Practitioner and Ellen H Kynaston of Folkingham, Lincolnshire
Previous educationOundle School, Northants
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1898-1904
Dept / courseLondon M.B.
Qualifications

M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., 1904

Military unitRoyal Navy, H.M.S. Devonshire
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death13 October 1914
Age at death33
Rank at deathSurgeon
Place of deathHospital
Cause of deathEnteric-pneumonia
Burial placeCromarty Cemetery
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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