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Dr. Fahmy

Ernest Chalmers Fahmy was born at Amoy in China on 28 November 1892, the eldest son of Ahmed Fahmy an Egyptian missionary and his Scottish wife Mary Auchterloney Chalmers, who married in Edinburgh on 20 January 1887. Ahmed Fahmy managed to register his eldest son as British whilst on a furlough.
Ernest Fahmy was educated at Eltham College prior to studying at Edinburgh University, however his studies were interrupted by service with the Royal Field Artillery in both France and Flanders. He was wounded in 1916 and discharged from the army. After graduating in 1918 and completing his house appointments he spent some 3 years in general practice in Abertillery, Monmouthshire, where his practice was on Commercial Street.
At university he had played rugby and gained a blue in 1913 and he originally joined Abertillery RFC as a forward. Dr. Fahmy was given the option of playing for either Scotland or Wales but chose his mothers homeland and played in all four Scottish fixtures of early 1920, playing at centre. On 11 October 1920 Abertillery played Mountain Ash, at home, and is this game Fahmy was given the chance at outside-half. It had been decided that the backs should be given the ball and this tactic proved very successful, for they played with energy and dash and won by 24-0. On 12 February 1921 Abertillery played Newbridge at the park, Fahmy had a hand in every scoring move and scored a try himself. It was said that it was the finest exhibition of centre three-quarter play seen at the park that season.
Returning to Edinburgh to specialise, he joined the honorary staff of the Royal Maternity and Simpson Memorial Hospital in 1926 and that of the Royal Infirmary in 1928. He was also appointed consultant gynaecologist to Leith and Kirkcaldy hospitals. In addition to the clinical teaching associated with the first two appointments he was for many years junior and then senior assistant to the professor in the university department of midwifery and diseases of women and was responsible, among other duties, for the clinical pathology reporting. Meanwhile, he had begun to build up a consulting private practice.
Dr. Fahmy played a full and active part in the Edinburgh medical professional and social life. In addition to his hospital duties and the heavy demands of a large private practice he examined for Edinburgh and other universities, the Edinburgh royal colleges, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the central midwives board for Scotland and served on many committees associated with these organisations. He was president of the Edinburgh Obstetrical Society from 1948 until 1951, and some years later he was made an honorary member of that society. During the 1950's he made a considerable contribution to The Combined Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, edited by Professor Dugald Baird.
Ernest Fahmy's vitality, generosity and kindly humour, encouragement of juniors and immediate response to a call for help coloured all his activities.
Dr. Fahmy and his wife Alexandrina Rust Fahmy (Ina) lost their only son Eric Milne Chalmers Fahmy on 21 February 1942. On leaving school Eric joined the RAF and was lost on a flight from Gibraltar to Malta.
After Dr. Fahmy lost Ina he struggled with the trying disabilities of age but fought on until succumbing in his 90th year, he died in Edinburgh on 25 August 1982.

Dr. Fahmy

Book reference - Rugby recollections (1948) - page 55
Online reference - Ahmed Fahmy an Egyptian in China.

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