Dr Paul Watkins will be speaking about Dr Bill Frankland. When, aged 106, Dr Bill Frankland was asked why he had lived to such an age, he replied in his usual no nonsense manner; 'Because I have been so close to death so many times, but have just survived.'
The lecture will provide an insight into the remarkable life of Bill Frankland, based very much upon his recent biography 'From Hell Island to Hay Fever.'
Born in 1912, three weeks before the loss of the Titanic, Bill Frankland qualified from St Mary's Hospital in 1938. His first boss was Lord Moran. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps two days before the outbreak of war in 1939, and was posted to Singapore. Here he avoided certain death at the Alexandra Military Hospital massacre by the toss of a coin. Following release from a Japanese prison camp he returned to England in 1945 and put his war-time experiences behind him. He worked for Sir Alexander Fleming, developed the specialty of clinical allergy, was responsible for the pollen count and treated Saddam Hussein.