Who Was Harry Roberts?
Harry Roberts (1871-1946)
Harry Roberts was a doctor who largely devoted his life to making life better for other people. Among the many great achievements in his life, he established a GP practice at 63 Harford Street.
Harry Roberts soon became known as the most sought after and sympathetic doctor in the East End and was referred to as “the doctor” to half of Stepney.
Harry was committed to helping the poor and he went to his patients whenever they called, even if they had no money. Harry started working as a doctor before the National Health Service (NHS) was set up when doctors had to be paid by patients.
Harry was a socialist who was interested in politics, the arts and writing. However, his driving passion was to improve the lives of the underprivileged and we are very proud to be named after such a kind and caring man.
If you want to know more you can refer to a book entitled:
‘Dr Harry Roberts – a Petersfield philanthropist’ by David Jeffery.