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Plaque Nominee Dr ML Bangara (1881-1927)

Dr ML Bangara (1881-1927)

Well-loved community doctor

A practising physician known throughout the Forest as the ‘poor man’s friend’, Dr Bangara worked tirelessly for the welfare of the poor and destitute when there was no Welfare State or National Health Service. 

In the 14 years he practised in Cinderford, he became president of Cinderford Male Voice Choir and Chair of Cinderford & District Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

He gave huge support to the Forest of Dean mining families who had suffered the extreme hardships of the 1926 coal strike and general strike. Dr Bangara was a household name throughout the Forest, and he was inextricably linked to the Dilke Hospital. 

One of the countless examples was the poor patient who asked for her bill, and when she got home found a ten shilling note from Dr Bangara inside. 

After his untimely death of a severe attack of influenza aged just 46, Cinderford’s streets were lined five deep with people joining in with the funeral procession. Blinds were drawn in the houses, all the shops were closed and black drapings were hung in the streets. The Baptist church that could seat over 1000 people was full. 

Local Councillor Graham Morgan says: 

“He did remarkable work to help the poor working people of the Forest.”


Image credit: public domain.

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