William Burton Fox

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Dr William Burton Fox, BA, MB, BCh., BAO (1897–1980), Jurat


Birth and Education

Born in 1897 in Roscommon, Ireland, William Burton Fox studied medicine at the University of Dublin and was registered as a doctor on 2 July 1920.

Marriage and Family

He married Doris Margaret Gibson, MB, BCh, in 1924 and they had three children. They lived at “St. Damien’s” on Grandes Maisons Road, St Sampson’s.

Career and Honours

He was Medical Officer in the Royal Guernsey Militia from 1923 to 1940.
On 21 December 1939 he was appointed Serving Brother of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.
During the German occupation, he was resident night doctor at the Emergency Hospital (Castel) and acted as an agent for the “Guernsey Active Secret Press”, an underground press service run by Mr Ludovic E. Bertrand.
In 1951 Dr Fox was appointed Commander (Brother) of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.
Dr Fox was appointed Jurat of the Royal Court and in 1956 he was appointed first Ex Officio Medical Advisor to the lifeboat station.


He died on 15 March 1980, in Castel, Guernsey.

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