Sydney Haydn Heard

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Sydney Haydn Heard MBE, MRCS, LRCP, CStJ, Lt-Col IMS (1911-1989), Jurat


Birth, Education and Marriage

Sydney Haydn Heard was born on 8 August 1911.
He was educated at Dulwich College and Charing Cross Hospital (MRCS, LRCP 1937).
While studying medicine at Charing Cross Hospital, Heard met Phyllis Baber, from Guernsey, whom he married in 1938.
He subsequently worked in India, putting his skills in obstetrics to use in difficult conditions.

World War II

During the war he served on the north west frontier with the Ghurka Rifles and had responsibilities for medical supplies during the Burma campaign, gaining the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Indian Medical Service, becoming assistant director of medical services, General Headquarters, India.

Post-war Career

After the war he witnessed some of the horrific results of the partition between India and Pakistan.
In 1948 he joined a medical practice in Guernsey and became chairman of the local BMA division and founder of the medical staff committee at the hospital. He encouraged increasing specialisation while maintaining his strong belief in family medicine. He also took up outside posts, including that of commissioner to the St John Ambulance Brigade from 1953 to 1960.
He was invested as a Companion, Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (C.St.J.), and as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.).
He lived at La Giffardiere, Albecq, Guernsey.
Soon after his retirement, Heard was elected Jurat of the Royal Court, and in 1983 was appointed Lieutenant Bailiff.


He died on 29 November 1989, aged 78, survived by his two daughters, Ann and Alison, and five grandchildren.

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