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Meet the 105-year-old doctor who is still hard at work

Dr Bill Frankland, who we caught up with around his 100th birthday five years ago, is a remarkable man.

Meet the 105-year-old doctor who is still hard at work
11.04.2017
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Dr Bill Frankland, who we caught up with around his 100th birthday five years ago, is a remarkable man.

He’s been asked by Saddam Hussein for treatment, suffered as a prisoner of war and worked with Alexander Fleming, and is still going strong.

Born in Sussex, the doctor is known as the ‘Grandfather of Allergy’, which is his specialism – he helped thousands every year by convincing the media to show pollen counts in weather forecasts.

Dr Frankland has received two cards from the Queen for reaching such a grand old age, and still drinks alcohol, cheekily telling the Daily Mail: “No wine for me — I had too much to drink yesterday”.

Britain’s oldest working doctor still contributes to journals and consults people about their allergies.

During the Second World War, he joined the Royal Amy Medical Corps and was sent to Singapore.

On arrival, he tossed a coin with a fellow medic to decide upon the institution where each would work. It was three days before Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941.

Some two months later, on February 15, 1942, the Japanese swept into Singapore.

His colleague, who had gone to the Alexandra Hospital to work, died there along with other staff in an orgy of killing by Japanese soldiers armed with bayonets.

Frankland survived the invasion but endured ”three-and-a-half years of hell” in an internment camp on Blakang Mati Island (now Sentosa).

He now has a non-paid consultancy role at Guy’s Hospital, where he researched peanut allergies. He continued to see patients as a private consultant into his late 90s.

After all his hard work, he received his MBE, aged 103, in 2015.

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