LOOKING BACK - April 2 edition

Dr Hoskyn, who died in 1965 aged 84
Dr Hoskyn, who died in 1965 aged 84

Tribute to Dr Hoskyn

Going through the March 1965 editions of the Advertiser, this obituary to Dr Charles Reginald Hoskyn caught my eye as his name is still well known in the town, through the Hoskyn Centre at Hamilton House and Hoskyn Ward at the Hospital of St Cross and I assume Hoskyn Close too.

Dr Hoskyn died at the age of 84, having lived in Ashlawn Road. He moved to Rugby in 1910 and was in general practice here for more than 40 years, making his name as a medical practitioner of exceptional skill and talent. He began orthopaedic work here, put in an enormous amount of work with the disabled and poor and was the third man to receive the Freedom of the Borough. He was also awarded the OBE in 1963.

The story says that in orthopaedics and health education Dr Hoskyn was years ahead of his time and fought doggedly for the rights of the disabled.

From 1926 he was the driving force behind Rugby Orthopaedic Clinic, helping disabled children and when it became redundant because of the National Health Act in 1948, he later continued his rehabilitation work through Hamilton House.

The tribute said he left a wife Helen, with whom he had celebrated his golden wedding in 1961 and one daughter, Mrs Betty Reed, who lives in Suffolk. His only son had died at the age of 48 in 1960.