Dr Jocelyn Riviere Bodington

Personal Details

Dr Jocelyn Riviere Bodington MA MBBCh FFARCS MRCS LRCP DA

10/07/1909 to 23/06/1991

Place of birth: Winchester, England

Nationality: British

CRN: 525114

Also known as: Jock

Education and qualifications

General education

Gresham School, Holt, Norfolk; Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge; London Hospital Medical School

Primary medical qualification(s)


Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

BA, Cambridge, 1931 (MA, 1936); MBBCh, Cambridge, 1936; DA(RCP&S), 1948

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

After house physician and house surgeon appointments (1934-5) at Royal Hampshire County Hospital (RHCH) he joined his father in general practice in Winchester, also pursuing an interest in anaesthesia that started when he was an undergraduate and being appointed honorary anaesthetist at RHCH in 1937. In 1941 he joined the RAMC as a graded specialist anaesthetist, starting as a Lieutenant working at Catterick, appointed Major (1943) and then Lieutenant Colonel (1944) as adviser in anaesthetics to Eastern Command in India. In 1946 he returned to his pre-war posts, but gave up general practice on appointment as consultant anaesthetist at RHCH and Lord Mayor Trelor Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton with the institution of the NHS in 1948. He retired in 1974.

Professional interests and activities

Very active in local medical organisations he served, among other roles, as chairman of the South West Metropolitan Society of Anaesthetists (1955), the Winchester Division of the BMA (1958), and a number of Medical Staff or Advisory Committees. A generalist, he served as head of the local department for a number of years and was very supportive of the establishment of an ITU in 1967.

Other biographical information

The scion of a large medical family he was described by a colleague as charming, welcoming and one of the nicest people he had met. He married Margaret E H Ellis, a teacher of dance, in 1936 and they had two daughters and one son. An enthusiast for ‘summer’ sports (golf, tennis & cricket especially) he was president of Hampshire Hogs Cricket Club (1970-1), Gresham School Old Boys Committee (1976) and the Winchester branch of the NSPCC (1987); also chairman of the League of Friends of Winchester Hospital (1975).

Author and Sources

Author: Dr Robert Palmer

Sources and any other comments: ‘Boulton’ form | Personal reminiscences of a colleague, Dr John Bowen.