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Keeping memories for the future

PUBLISHED: 11:24 02 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:24 06 July 2010

Reference a letter from the chairman, Great Yarmouth and District Archaeological Society (Mercury, April 17), entitled Keeping Memories for the Future, and requesting names of local inhabitants whose life's work warranted a blue plaque of remembrance.

Reference a letter from the chairman, Great Yarmouth and District Archaeological Society (Mercury, April 17), entitled Keeping Memories for the Future, and requesting names of local inhabitants whose life's work warranted a blue plaque of remembrance.

In proposing the late Dr Kenneth Hamilton Deane Senior, I speak for many who quite affectionately remember him. Most were safely brought into the world by him, in their homes, and they also got to know that he would “always be there” for them.

He practised continuously from his home at 225 High Street, Gorleston for over 60 years (1923-1985), a span in one practice, I think, never equalled in this country.

Throughout the war years he continued in single-handed practice to care for those remaining following the evacuation. He held twice-daily surgeries at home and branch surgeries at Belton and Hopton. Medicines dispensed at his surgery were delivered by the medicine boy.

As physician and surgeon at Gorleston Cottage Hospital, he admitted and treated cases promptly near home. When duties allowed, he instructed St John's Ambulance members in first aid and acted as medical officer at local boxing tournaments and swimming galas.

Uninterrupted evenings and weekends were rare, as were holidays with his family. His generous donations to worthy causes helped many.

A fitting testament to the love and respect in which he was held was shown by the vast number of people attending his funeral service held in the church of St Andrew, Gorleston.

Incidentally, I was one of Dr Deane's patients, being delivered at home by him in 1924. As a lad, I was one of his medicine boys.

ANDREW E CROWE

Sussex Road

Lowestoft

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