Blurton, Gilbert

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Blurton, Gilbert

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The death took place last night under tragic circumstances of Dr. Gilbert Blurton, son of Dr. J.F. Blurton, of 11, Radcliffe-road, West Bridgford. It appears that shortly before 11 o'clock a maidservant, who had noticed him enter his bedroom some hours before and had not seen him leave, knocked at the door and receiving no answer she entered.There she saw Dr. Blurton lying on the bed in an unconscious condition. The police were communicated with, and Dr. J. G. Bell, of Arkwright-street, was also summoned, and on arriving at the house they found that life was extinct. Near to him was a new apparatus for administering oxygen, with which, it is believed, he had been experimenting. Dr. Blurton, who was 39 years of age, had been in practice with his father at West Bridgford for some years. His father and mother, who were away holidaying in Scotland, are hurrying home. In his profession Dr. G. Blurton was regarded as a very promising man. The ""Post"" understands that three of Nottingham's leading medical gentlemen who have been ed in in connection with the case are quite satisfied that Dr. Blurton came to his death accidentally.
Blurton was educated at Sedbergh School and Birmingham University, continuing his medical studies at Birmingham General Hospital and the Queen's hospital, Birmingham. He took his degrees in London M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. in 1918 and his M.B. and B.S. in 1920. He was in his last year as a medical student when war broke out, so he joined the navy as a surgeon probationer and was demobilised to qualify as a doctor. He later rejoined the service as a surgeon. While attached to a destroyer he went through the battle of Jutland. The ship he was on was blown up and he was wounded in the leg, but after floating in the water for some hours he was eventually picked up by a Dutch fishing boat and taken to Holland, where he was interned. He was afterwards allowed to return to England as he was a medical student, but rejoining the fleet was for some time at Scapa. After the war he returned to Birmingham hospital, later holding appointments as house surgeon at Bradford Royal Infirmary and as a house physician at Nottingham General Hospital before joining his father in practice at West Bridgford about eight or nine years ago. A keen cricketer and Rugby footballer he appeared in the Notts. Amateur Cricket XI's and for Notts. Rugby F.C. He was very fond of winter sports, mountaineering and ski-ing. At one period he was a member of the South Notts. Hunt.
Nottingham Evening Post 7 Sep 1931 via Spike Sheldon