P. D. Gordon Pugh

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Surgeon Rear Admiral Patterson David Gordon Pugh, OBE, FRCS, (1920-1993) (also known as "Pat" Pugh) was an orthopedic surgeon in the Royal Navy and a prolific collector of Staffordshire portrait figures and naval ceramics.

Early life and training[edit]

Pugh was born in Carshalton, the son of Dr William Thomas Gordon Pugh, a renown pediatrician and Medical Superintendent of Queen Mary's Hospital for Children in Carshalton, Surrey. He was educated at Lancing College and Jesus College, Cambridge.

Career[edit]

Pugh pursued a successful career in the Royal Navy eventually rising to the rank of Surgeon Rear Admiral. In 1975 he was appointed an Honorary Surgeon to Her Majesty The Queen.

Ceramics collector[edit]

Pugh was a prolific collector of Staffordshire portrait figures and naval ceramics amassing a collection of over 5,000 pieces. in 1970 he loaned the collection to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. This arrangement continued until 1980 when Pugh emigrated to South Africa and he offered to sell the collection to the museum. With the aid of grants, donations and an appeal fund the collection was purchased, and became known as The Pugh Collection of Victorian Staffordshire Figures. His book "Staffordshire Portrait Figures and Allied Subjects of the Victorian Era" became the standard work on the subject.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Pugh is the father of endurance swimmer and ocean advocate Lewis Pugh.

Pugh is a descendant of Baptist missionary William Carey. His cousin, Carey Heydenrych, participated in the "Great Escape" from the German POW camp Stalag Luft III during the Second World War.[2][3]

Writing[edit]

  • P.D. Gordon Pugh. Nelson and his surgeons E. & S. Livingstone, Edinburgh, 1968
  • P.D. Gordon Pugh. Naval Ceramics. The Ceramic Book Co., Newport, England, 1971.
  • P.D. Gordon Pugh. The History of the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth. I. The life and times of Captain Richard Creyke. J R Nav Med Serv. 1972 Summer;58(2):78-94.
  • P.D. Gordon Pugh. The History of the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth. II. 'A walk around the Hospital.' J R Nav Med Serv. 1972 Winter;58(3):207-26.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stoke Museum (September 2017). "http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/sm-info_staff-figures.pdf". Stoke Museum.  External link in |title= (help);
  2. ^ Lewis Gordon Pugh (May 2010). "Achieving the Impossible. A Fearless Leader. A Fragile Earth". Simon & Schuster. 
  3. ^ Lewis Pugh (September 2017). "Where Is Our Great Escape". Lewis Pugh. 

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