- Image: Thomas Pilkington Crankshaw, Application Form, 1954, Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History.
NAME: THOMAS PILKINGTON CRANKSHAW
MB BS, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, 1936
DA, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, ND
DATE OF BIRTH: 17 MARCH 1907
DATE OF DEATH: 1 MARCH 1972
Thomas Pilkington Crankshaw graduated from medicine at the University of Melbourne in 1936. He joined the Australian Army Medical Corp in August 1940, and was shipped to Singapore with the 2/13 Australian General Hospital. With the fall of Singapore in February 1942, Crankshaw was taken prisoner by the advancing Japanese Imperial Army.
Crankshaw was listed as missing in an Australian newspaper article dated 29 July 1942, and a second article, dated 13 September 1945, confirms his status as a POW on the Thai-Burma Railway. He returned to Australia late 1945.
After the war, Crankshaw resumed his medical career, becoming a foundation member of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and inaugural Member Representative on the Faculty Board (1953 – 56). During this time, he was also appointed Director of Anaesthesia at Prince Henry’s Hospital in Melbourne.
In 1955 he was admitted to fellowship by election.
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