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Biography of Helen Isobel Winifred Kerr-Taylor

Helen Isobel Winifred Kerr graduated MBChB from the University of Glasgow in 1915 and MD in 1954.

She was born at Kingston, Jamaica, daughter of John Wishart Kerr, a medical practitioner. Kerr enrolled at the University in 1910 to study Medicine. Upon graduation in 1915, she worked in the Ophthalmic department of Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

In 1916, Kerr served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was stationed in France and Malta as part of the Women's Medical Unit (RAMC). Between 1918-19, she was stationed at the Military Hospital Park Hall Camp, Oswestry, where, on 2 June 1919, she married Army Officer Alec Gerald Taylor at the Parish Church of Whittington. He was serving in the 2nd Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.

After the war, Kerr-Taylor returned to Glasgow for further medical training, and went on to work as a medical officer at East Suffolk County Council, and in Colchester.

During the Second World War, she joined the Women's Volunteer Service in 1939. From 1942, she worked in general practice in Ipswich and from 1946 in Fetcham, Surrey.

In 1954, Kerry-Taylor graduated MD with her thesis Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, with special reference to the endocrine aspect. She is also listed in the University of Glasgow's WWI Roll of Honour.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • College Courant, No52, 1974, p.46
  • R12/02/0291 Married Female Students


Helen Isobel Winifred Kerr-Taylor
Born 5 October 1892.
Died 26 January 1974.
GU Degrees: MBChB, 1915; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, MD, 1954;
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: medical practitioners
English snippet: Medical graduate of the University of Glasgow, 1915 and 1954
Record last updated: 1st Aug 2013

Country Associations

Jamaica Jamaica, Kingston
Place of Birth

England England, Surrey, Fetcham
Place of Death

France France, No Region

Malta Malta, No Region

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