N C Carver

Surgeon Lieutenant Dr Norman Clifton Carver MB MRCS LRCP was born in 1876, and went up to Wellington in 1890 to the Hill.

He trained at King’s and become a house surgeon at St Thomas’s going on to become Senior Obstetrical House Physician. He served in the Royal Navy during the Great War as a Surgeon Lieutenant, and was mentioned in dispatches. He was both published and called upon for expert testimony in major cases, testing to the high regard in which he was held.

In retirement from hospital surgery he became a member of the Executive Committee of the Central Council for the Care of Cripples in England. This rather blunt title hid an important post war organisation that tended to to needs of those crippled in the Second World War, both military and civilian. It was formed boy the Ministry of Health, the Board of Education and the Invalid Children’s Aid Association. Orthopaedics was a central part of its works, and also one of Carver’s specialisms.

He was initiated into Cheselden Lodge No 2870, the Lodge associated with St Thomas’s Hospital (see AMULL’s website for more on medical lodges), and later joined St. Margaret’s Lodge No 1872 near his home in Surrey. He was exulted into Burton Court Chapter No 3864 and became a member of St Margaret’s Chapter No 1872. He was made a Provincial Grand Deacon in Surrey. However the 43 years he served the OW Lodge including the Deputy Mastership in 1929 were both his longest masonic commitment and his only Mastership of a Lodge.