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Hall-Tomkin, Dr Harry

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/276
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Hall-Tomkin, Dr Harry
Date(s): 1943-1957
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Tomkin | Harry | Hall- | [1900-1977] | physician
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, [1900]; educated, University College and University Hospital, 1928; retirement general practice in Exeter, 1931; served as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps, 1939-1945; invented two devices, designed to make nursing easier: the Exeter Nursing Aid and the Exeter Commode; died, 1977.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Harry Hall-Tomkin, 1943-1957, including typescript diary and two scrap books compiled by Hall-Tomkin relating to his work as a senior medical officer with the Allied Expeditionary Force in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, Jun 1944-Aug 1945, including photographs, postcards, Allied notices, captured German documents and newspaper cuttings, and a description of Belsen concentration camp. Also papers relating to his invention, the Exeter Nursing Aid for invalid patients, 1957-1959.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, French, German

System of arrangement:

Original order

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This collection was given to the Wellcome Library in October 1997 by the Royal College of General Practitioners, along with GP/31-34, 36, 38-40, 42, 43, 45-49, GC/61, GC/257. The RCGP had received it in 1979 from Mrs Hall-Tomkin, Dr Hall-Tomkin's widow.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 2008

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