Dr John Walmsley Warrick

Dr John Walmsley Warrick MRCS LRCP FFARCS DA

02/08/1915 to 21/12/2017

Place of birth: Blackheath, London

Nationality: British

CRN: 533944

Education and qualifications

General education

Blackheath & Sevenoaks Schools; King’s College, London

Primary medical qualification(s)


Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

DA(RCP&S), 1944

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

After early appointments of six months each as house anaesthetist and house surgeon (GU) at King’s, he continued in anaesthesia there until 1940 and joined the Royal Navy. He served in Ceylon (3 years), the Isle of Man (2 years), and HMHS Isle of Jersey (a popular ship, it was ‘duty free’!) at Scapa Flow (6 months). Spent a brief time at HMHS Barrow Gurney near Bristol before demobilisation when he returned to King’s for a year as supernumerary registrar before spending three years as SHMO at St. Alfege’s LCC Hospital, Greenwich. In 1950 he was appointed consultant in West Dorset, continuing in that post until retirement in 1977.

Professional interests and activities

An all round anaesthetist, John spent 27 years in a busy practice with frequent on-call. He had particular interests in chronic pain, the use of stellate ganglion block in Meniere’s disease & tinnitus, and anaesthesia for peptic surgery, publishing on all these topics.

Other biographical information

Because of a business inheritance his grandfather changed his surname from Day Lewis, meaning that John is related to the poet Cecil Day Lewis and his actor son, Daniel. He married Betty Cooke, a nurse, in 1940 and they had three children: Peter, a chartered accountant born in Ceylon; Elizabeth Hoffpauir, a nurse born in King’s under the care of Sir John Peel, and later an international dragon boat paddler for Canada; and Gillian Edwards, a housewife. After his wife died he reconnected with a former colleague, Renee (known as Tim) Fleury and they shared their remaining years together. John’s interest in medicine, and the decision to study at King’s, were very much influenced by its well known surgeon, Cecil Wakely, who was married to his family’s neighbour. Wakely helped John with his early career and asked him to anaesthetise some private patients when he was back at King’s after WW2. When he left Wakely gave him an envelope containing only a token £10, but the surgical registrar laughed and said “You’re lucky, we usually get a post card”! The guitar was a life long passion, stimulated at age 15 when he heard Django Reinhardt play. He performed a range of music and was part of a trio which played in hospital concerts. His other great love was gardening and garden design, turning the field around his house into a place of peace and beauty. He was also interested in embroidery, water colour painting and carpentry.


Author and Sources

Author: Subject helped by son, Peyer, former colleagues David Andrew & Rodney Hebblethwaite, and Robert Palmer

Sources and any other comments: Personal recollections | Boulton form | see also article in September 2017 issue of RCoA Bulletin