Captain William Blackwood (1879-1960) was a well-known doctor in Camborne. He served at the Western Front in the R.A.M.C.
He returned after the war and continued to practise in the town. At the time of writing (January 2015), there are still people in Camborne who remember Dr. Blackwood. He lived at Tregenna House, Pendarves Road, Camborne.
He survived the war and, in the 1940s, was made the County Commissioner of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade. In 1944, he was awarded an MBE. (Cornishman, Thursday 15th June 1944).
Born in 1879 in Peebles, Scotland, Dr Blackwood lived and his wife, Agnes Marie Blackwood, were well known public figures in the town (according to the Cornishman, 4th Dec 1941, Agnes was the only female alderman on the Cornwall County Council).
Dr William Blackwood worked at the West Cornwall Miners’ and Women’s Hospital (Redruth). Additionally, it appears he was involved the manufacture / sale of Pharmaceuticals, as old tincture bottles are stamped with the names ‘Tonking & Blackwood.’ The chemist, Tonking, Blackwood & Robinson was listed as operating from Chapel St, Camborne in 1926. Dr John Herbert Tonking and Dr William Blackwood are both listed, in 1914, as working for the West Cornwall Miners’ and Women’s Hospital.