Alexander Percy Walker

Biography of Alexander Percy Walker

Alexander Percy Walker
Alexander Percy Walker

Alexander Percy Walker graduated MBChB from the University in 1939.

He was born on the 2nd July, 1916 at Campbellfield, Kilwinning Road, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was the son of Thomas Campbell Walker, from Walker's Chemical Works in Irvine.

Alexander was educated at Cambusdoon Preparatory School in Alloway, Ayr, and then moved on to Shrewsbury School, England before moving up to the University of Glasgow in the autumn on 1934, aged 18, to study Medicine. He studied the subjects required to gain a medical degree such as Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Materia Medica, Surgery, and Public Health. He achieved a Second Class certificate for Midwifery in 1938-39.

Whilst studying at University, Alexander Percy Walker was keenly involved in many sporting activities such as golf and tennis; his greatest sporting achievement came in the University annual High Jump competition, which he won four times during his five years there.

Alexander graduated MB ChB on the 3rd September 1939, the same day that war broke out in Europe.

After qualifying he became a Houseman in the skin wards of the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, before going to London and signing up to the Royal Navy. After serving on various other naval ships, Alexander ended up in Southern India as he had been studying tropical diseases and hygiene, and served as a doctor to the RAF squadron teams in April 1944.

When the war ceased in 1945, Walker enrolled in a scheme for post-graduate studies for returning Medical Officers in Glasgow. He attended various courses and completed rounds in the Western Infirmary and the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow. After a series of medical jobs, including becoming a House Surgeon at the Ayrshire Central Maternity Hospital in Irvine, he relocated to Ayr, once the NHS began on the 4th July 1948, where he and a partner set up their own General Practitioner's. The surgery grew and is today known as the ' Tam's Brig Surgery.'

Walker retired in 1981 to spend more time with his wife, Aileen Gerrard Digby, whom he met during the war when she was serving as a Surgeon Lieutenant in the Navy.

Glasgow University Archive Services hold a collection of the papers of Alexander Percy Walker (UGC 95).


Alexander Percy Walker
Born 2 July 1916, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Died 14 November 2012.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MB ChB, 1939;
Occupation categories: Malariologist
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Record last updated: 22nd Sep 2015

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