William Henry Trethowan 1882-1934  

Born 7 February 1882 in, Cornwall,  to William Henry Trethowan and his wife, Mary Phillips Hutchings. He went to Devonport High School and later, Plymouth Technical College. 

He received a commission as captain, RAMC(T) on 10 May 1918, and was selected by Sir Robert Jones to serve at the Military Orthopaedic Hospital in Ducane Road, Hammersmith.

At the end of the war he was appointed surgeon to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Great Portland Street, and in October of the same year (1919) he became consulting orthopaedic surgeon to Queen Mary's Hospital for Children, Carshalton. 279


The name of Trethowan is associated with his bone levers that he designed. When I was doing the agency circuit in the North of England they were known to many as "Jimmy's". These levers were found in every major orthopaedic set as a basic instrument.

William Trethowan was yet again a product of Guys in London and was part of the famous Robert Jones Team in Shepherd's Bush were I was born.

He went on to practise at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Queen Marys Orthopaedic Hospital for Children.

"Treth" as he was known was quite young when he died but his name will live on in the instruments that he designed.




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