Robert Jones 1857-1933
Robert Jones was born in Wales and was brought up in London, where he studied to become a doctor.
After qualification he became a surgeon, his uncle Hugh Thomas, had taught him the nature of fractures and bone deformities when he was a child, so he was natural for him to choose Orthopaedics as a profession.
When the WW1 broke out he joined the Army and was eventually responsible for setting up several orthopaedic hospitals with the intention of returning the injured soldiers back to duty as soon as possible. He recruited a team of Orthopaedic doctors, some of which (like Bankart) who were to become very eminent surgeons.
He directed 20 military orthopaedic hospitals which rehabilitated many injured soldiers. At one hospital, Shepherd’s Bush in London, Jones oversaw the return of 1000 out of 1300 injured soldiers to the fighting.254
Robert Jones was director of military orthopaedics from 1916. His uncle Hugh Thomas, had invented a splint (the Thomas splint,) which was introduced by Jones and used extensively during the conflict. His main place of operations was Shepherds Bush Military Hospital.
We will also remember him for the bandage that is named after him.