Dr Reginald Henry Urwick
By the death of Dr. Reginald Henry Urwick on February 24th -
Dr. Urwick was always willing to lend parts of his collection for study by his fellow collectors and nothing pleased him more than for his friends to visit his charming home at Ford, near Shrewsbury, to see his stamps and chat about them. He had profound knowledge and collected nearly all the British West Indies countries and would delight his visitors by bringing out a volume or two containing such treasures as he had collected over a number of years or by showing a cover or item acquired during his recent purchases. Many members of our Circle have reason to remember Dr. Urwick with gratitude for allowing them access to his collections for research on their own collections, as although he himself admitted he was never fond in later years of putting pen to paper by contributing articles he encouraged others in their writings, and many of his covers have helped to prove the existence of early dates or printings.
He had been a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society, London, for a great many years, a Founder Vice-
In his private life Dr. Urwick had a long and distinguished career in medicine and was Medical Officer to Shrewsbury School, honorary physician to the Royal Salop Infirmary and the Orthopaedic Hospital. For many years he afforded great service to the town and district as Chairman of the Shrewsbury and Atcham Joint Hospital Board. He became Mayor of Shrewsbury in 1946, and an alderman in 1954, finally retiring in 1961.
The British West Indies Study Circle was represented at his funeral by Mr. Arthur E. Beach, a close friend and fellow student of the stamps and postal history of Tobago.
To Mrs. Thirza Urwick, who shared her husband's pleasure in welcoming his many friends to "Five Acres," are expressed sincere sympathies on behalf of the Circle in her great loss, and the loss also to philately of a very distinguished and charming gentleman.