Walter 'Nick' Laurence: orthopaedic surgeon
An Australian in Brighton
I am trying to find out information about the orthopaedic surgeon Walter Laurence, who was born in 1918 and died in Brighton in 2005. Laurence was an Australian who worked as a consultant at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Brighton General Hospital during the 1950s.
A remarkable man
Because of his life-changing surgery on me, and presumably on many others, I think he deserves an entry on his adopted hometown’s premier website. I am hoping it will be possible that others, who benefited from his surgical skills, will be able to help with information about this remarkable man.
A debt of gratitude
I was on intimate terms with the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital for the first eight years of my life (1949-1957). Having been born with bilateral talipes (two clubfeet), I spent much of my first year as an inpatient, during which time Walter Laurence performed feats of surgical magic to restore my feet to virtually normal, allowing me to live a completely mobile life despite this initially crippling disability. I consider that I owe Mr Laurence a debt of gratitude greater than any I owe to any other person, apart perhaps from my mother who bravely nursed me through this period.
Can you help?
This, then, is a plea for any information on Walter Laurence, both as a favour to me and as a tribute to him. If you can help, please leave a comment below. I look forward to reading your entries and proffer my thanks in anticipation.