Many would never know when and how the X-Ray machine was invented. I never knew that it was invented as long ago as the nineteenth century.
However, a few years ago when I first started writing, I visited an elderly woman at a nursing home in Malvern Worcestershire. Her Name was Georgiana Meyrick Jones, My wife being a hairdresser had previously become friends with her and told her that I was a writer and to cut the story short she agreed to be interviewed by me with a view to publish the story she had to tell me about her late father.
Doctor Hugh Meyrick-Jones, whom was a son of a reverend and had two sisters and four brothers, qualified to be a practitioner after training at GUY’S HOSPITAL, LONDON, in 1893. He went on to take and pass degrees in M.B. (Dur) in 1896 and M.D. (Dur) in 1898.
From his father’s house in Norfolk, Dr Meyrick-Jones moved to Charlton Kings to set up as a general practitioner. He took with him his wife Georgiana and young son Philip. Later they had three more children, Molly, Owen and then Georgiana, named after her mother.
At the turn of the Century, he acquired an X-ray apparatus and eventually developed the X-ray and Electro- Therapeutics practice, in the Cheltenham Ears, Nose and Throat General Hospital. During this time he developed a make-shift X-ray apparatus because of Hospital funds being limited. (It is a coincidence we hear of the same occurrences, during these days of advanced living standards.)
With this new equipment plus a portable X-ray unit, Dr Meyrick-Jones could practise anywhere from being at road accidents, sports meetings, or at the surgery. He was very well known for his work because he was one of the pioneers of the X-ray and Therapeutics, so he soon had a car to
carry his equipment around, this was a lot more convenient than riding his pony. Now he could keep himself dry when it was raining.
When the First World War Broke out, he was commissioned to a hospital in Alexandria but being a good father and husband, he took his wife and four children to his parent’s new house called “Stanley House, in Stone house, near Stroud.
During the war, the Portable X-ray unit came into great use, because a vast amount of broken limbs, suffered by soldiers and pack-horses. Unfortunately for the forces, he had to be discharged because he caught dissentry. When he fully recovered, he returned briefly to France for a year, until he was asked to return to Cheltenham, because a radiologist was urgently needed.