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Lintott, Gordon Alan Macdona

The death of Major G. A. Lintott, whilst serving in Egypt, has come as a sad blow to his many friends and students. His academic career was brilliant throughout, leading to qualification in 1931, M.R.C.P. in 1934 and M.D.(Lond.) in 1936. Many will remember his critical examination and report on the routine of water divining carried out in the Physiological Department. It has never been equalled. His election to the staff of Guy’ s was a foregone conclusion, and he lost no time in broadening his already extensive knowledge by travel abroad. Having first mastered the technique of gastroscopy under the tutelage of Henning in Germany, he subsequently visited many clinics in the U.S.A. and returned to us full of his customary enthusiasm and imbued with much valuable fresh knowledge. He had already established his reputation as a sound clinician and most able teacher when the war put an end to connected work. He remained at Guy’ s in the E.M.S. as physician in charge of the medical unit. During this time he attracted an ever increasing number of students and post graduates to his inspiring teaching rounds. Feeling that during those busy months he was still not putting out enough effort, he decided to enter the army and was posted as Major in the R.A.M.C. The news of his falling a victim to dysentery was soon followed by gloomy bulletins, but early in December he appeared to have overcome the infection which struck him down. This only added to our despair on learning, shortly before Christmas Day, of his untimely death.

We who have known him as a friend and colleague will remember him not just as an able physician, but also as a man whose successes never marred his generous nature, neither did they deprive him of his great sense of humour. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his parents and his brother who have been so sadly stricken. A.H.D. Guy’ s Gazette


First name(s)Gordon Alan Macdona
Date of birth27 June 1908
Place of birthHorsham Registration District
Family detailsSon of Harold John and Mabel Louise Lintott, of Prestbury, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Previous educationFelsted School
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1925 - 1931
Dept / courseM.B., B.S. London
QualificationsM.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. Lond. 1931; M.B., B.S. Lond. 1932; M.R.C.P. 1934; M.D.(Lond) 1936
Military unitRoyal Army Medical Corps
Service number125489
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death23 December 1940
Age at death32
Rank at deathMajor
Cause of deathDysentry
Burial placeIsmaila War Memorial Cemetery
Commemoration(s)Guy’ s Memorial

In 1939 he was Medical Registrar (Guy’ s), address 73, Harley Street, London W1 and Fivens, Horsham, Sussex

In March 1939 he gave a paper on ‘The Practical Application of Gastroscopy’ to The Royal Society of Medicine.

SourcesGuy’ s Hospital Medical School Records, King’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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