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Author Leslie Cecil Lloyd Averill was born in the vicarage of St Michael and All Angels, Christchurch, 25 March 1897. His ambition to become a doctor was possibly fired by the scene of an amputation in a Awarded the Military Cross for exceptional gallantry and fine leadership during the assault on Bapaume in August 1918 . However, the exploit for which he is best remembered is the capture of Le Quesnoy on 4 November. The New Zealanders found a lightly defended section of the 60-foot wall, and Averill was the first to enter the town from a scaling ladder. Averill won a NZ Expeditionary Force scholarship in October 1919 to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
In 1934 he spent a year in postgraduate study in the United States and Canada, partly at the Mayo Clinic In 1944 he became a member of the North Canterbury Hospital Board served as chairman from 1956 to 1974. A period of significant growth in Christchurch’s medical services, with the completion of Princess Margaret Hospital and the opening of the Christchurch Clinical School.
Elected a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1942, Averill became a chairman of its New Zealand council in 1951. President of the New Zealand Branch of the British Medical Association the same year.In 1956 he became president of the Christchurch Blood Transfusion Service and vice president of the Hospital Boards’ Association of New Zealand held both offices for nearly 20 years.

1960 founding president of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation, and from 1965 to 1974 a member of the Hospitals Advisory Council. Retired from general practice at the age of 70, later began writing the history of St George’s Hospital. In addition to two years as chairman of the Christchurch Clinical School council, was involved in the Outward Bound Trust & a member of the Lepers’ Trust Board. Died in Christchurch 4 June 1981

Hardback 1978 1st edition. Dust jacket large tear on front. Contents excellent inscription on title page
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