Herbert Leyland Sackett FRCS

FatherRev Walter Sackett (1865-1924)
MotherEmma Leyland Sandford (c 1864-1937)
Herbert Leyland Sackett FRCS, surgeon, son of Rev Walter Sackett and Emma Leyland Sandford, was born in Little Sutton, CheshireG, on 9 October 1893.1,2 He died aged 30 at St Bartholomew's Hospital, Smithfield, LondonG, on 21 March 19243,4 and was buried at Hanwell Cemetery, Ealing, MiddlesexG, on 25 March 1924.5 Herbert died from the same infection and on the same day as his father Walter who was being treated by Herbert. They were buried together.6
     In 1901 Herbert was living at 114 Bishopthorpe Road, Castlegate, St Clements, York, YorkshireG, in the household of his parents Walter and Emma, and was recorded in the census as Herbert Leyland Sackett, aged seven and born in Little Sutton, Cheshire.7
     In 1911 he was living at 1 Feversham Crescent, YorkG, in the household of his parents Walter and Emma, and was recorded as Herbert Leyland Sackett, a student, aged 17 and born in Little Sutton, Chester.8
     Herbert served in the Royal Navy during the First World War as a surgeon probationer on torpedo-boat destroyers. He was awarded the Victory and British Medals in recognition of active service overseas.9
     In 1921 he was living at St Bartholomew's Hospital, City of LondonG, and was recorded as Herbert Leyland Sackett, a house surgeon, a boarder, aged 27, single.10
     Administration of Herbert's estate was granted on 6 May 1924 to his mother Emma. His estate was valued at £97.11
Sackett, Herbert Leyland
MRCS Feb 10th 1921; FRCS Dec 14th 1922; MB BS London 1921; LRCP 1921.

Occupation: General surgeon

The elder son of the Rev Walter Sackett, of Ealing. As a boy he suffered from spinal trouble and lay for many months in a prone position, during which he kept his mind well employed. He received his professional training at St Bartholomew's Hospital, where his career was brilliant. He won the Bentley prize, and was afterwards House Surgeon and Intern Midwifery Assistant. In 1922 he gained the Luther Holden research scholarship, and was for many months employed in original work on intestinal obstruction. For more than two years he ably edited the St Bartholomew's Hospital Journal. He was also President of the Students' Christian Union.

In January, 1924, he was appointed a clinical assistant in the surgical unit. He showed himself a surgeon of much promise, a man of a high type, thorough and devoted to duty, and beloved by his patients. During the European War he acted as a surgeon probationer with the Navy on torpedo-boat destroyers.

He died in St Bartholomew's Hospital on 21st March 1924, after a brief illness. Vigorously pursuing his surgical work until midnight on 13th March, he complained of feeling very ill and had a rigor. It was then discovered that one thumb was inflamed. Treatment was immediately carried out, but despite all efforts a train of septicaemic symptoms followed. The tragedy was heightened by the fact than in another ward of the hospital lay his father, the Rev Walter Sackett, suffering from erysipelas, which had infected his son who was treating him. Father and son died within a few hours of each other. Sackett was amongst the first to become an Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine when that grade was established in 1922.

Sackett contributed reports of the proceedings of societies to the British Medical Journal, and was its representative at the International Congress of Surgery in London in July, 1923.

—The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Plarr's Lives of the Fellows Online

 Notes & Citations

  1. General Register Office, Online Index to Births, "Dec qtr 1893. Sackett, Herbert Leyland. Mother: Sandford. Wirrel. 8a:432."
  2. "England, Newspaper Birth Notices" (Findmypast image), Liverpool Echo, 11 Oct 1893
    Births. Sackett—October 9, at Little Sutton, Chester, the wife of the Rev. Walter Sackett, Wesleyan minister, of a son.
  3. General Register Office, Online Index to Deaths, "Mar qtr 1924. Sackett, Herbert L, 30. London C."
  4. Probate record.
  5. Burials Register, Hanwell Cemetery, Ealing, Middlesex (Findmypast image), "25 Mar 1924 Herbert Leyland Sackett, 37 Hillcroft Crescent, Ealing, from St Bartholomews Hosp., 30, grave # 8455."
  6. Website Trove Digitised Newspapers (http://trove.nla.gov.au), Northern Star (Lismore, NSW), 9 May 1924.
  7. 1901 England census, 4442/50v
    114 Bishopthorpe Road, York (St Clements, Castlegate), Boro of York, Yorkshire
    Walter Sackett, head, married, 36, Wesleyan Methodist minister, b.
    Barham, Kent
    Emma Leyland Sackett, wife, 37, b. Liverpool, Lancashire
    Herbert Leyland Sackett, son, 7, b. Little Sutton, Cheshire
    Sarah Manfer Havard, serv, widow, 61, servant domestic, b. Liverpool.
  8. 1911 England census, 1 Feversham Crescent, York, Yorkshire
    Walter Sackett, head, 46, married, Wesleyan Methodist Minister, b. Barham, Kent
    Emma Leyland Sackett, wife, 47, m. 19y, 3 ch, 2 living, b. Liverpool
    Herbert Leyland Sackett, son, 17, student, b. Little Sutton, Chester
    Arthur Gordon Sackett, son, 8, school, b. York
    Alice Mauger Howard, servant, 71, widow, servant (domestic), b. Liverpool.
  9. "Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards" (Findmypast transcript), "Sackett, Herbert L., Surgeon Sub Lieutenant, RNVR, Victory & British War Medals."
  10. 1921 England census, St Bartholomew's Hospital, City of London
    Herbert Leyland Sackett, boarder, 27y, single, b. Little Sutton, Cheshire, doctor, House Surgeon.
  11. "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills & Administrations), 1858–1995" (Ancestry image), "Sackett Herbert Leyland of 57 Hillcroft-crescent Ealing Middlesex died 21 March 1924 at St Bartholomew Hospital Smithfield London Administration London 6 May to Emma Leyland Sackett widow. Effects £97 0s. 8d."
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Sackett line9th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsDescendants of Jeremiah Sackett
Last Edited13 Sep 2023

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