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Thomas Pomfret Kilner 1890-1964

Thomas Kilner was born in 1890 and was one all for great plastic surgeons of his era the others being Gilles, McIndoe and Adson. He Graduated into medicine at Manchester. He worked alongside Harold Gilles at Sidcup in 1919.

Tommy Kilner, with Gilles remained the only two dedicated specialists in England until the 1930s, when they were joined by Rainsford Mowlem and Archibald McIndoe.  He was to remain great friends with Harold Gilles all of his life.

These four were the only plastic surgeons in the UK at the outbreak of the Second World War in the nation’s teaching hospitals.

He worked at Sidcup, Roehampton and Oxford and Oxford where he became Nuffield Professor of Plastic Surgery. He held this Chair from 1945 - 1957.

He retired in 1957 and died of an AAA in 1964. 288

We in theatre are still reminded of him because of his still commonly used Kilner needle holder and fine scissors.