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J. K. Laughton

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Armstrong, Sir Alexander (1818–1899), naval medical officer, descended from a family originally of Cumberland, and from Major-General John Armstrong (1673–1742), was born in Donegal, the son of Alexander Armstrong of Croghan Lodge, co. Fermanagh. He studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, and at ...

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Atkinson, Edward Leicester (1881–1929), naval medical officer and explorer in Antarctica, was born on 23 November 1881 at Sion Hill, St Vincent, Windward Islands, West Indies, the third of eight children and the second and sole surviving son of Edward Leycester Atkinson, then an accountant at the ...

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James Barry (c. 1799–1865) by unknown photographer, c. 1860 [left, with a servant] Trustees of the Army Medical Services Museum

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Barry, James (c. 1799–1865), army medical officer and transvestite, was probably born Margaret, the youngest daughter of Mrs Mary Ann Bulkley or Bulkeley, the sister of the artist James Barry; her paternity is in doubt. From the age of ten she dressed and presented herself as a man, but the woman who laid out her corpse declared that she was female: 'The Devil, a General,' said the attendant. 'It's a woman. And a woman that has had a child' (...

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H. M. Chichester

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Beatson, George Steward (1814–1874), army medical officer, third son of Duncan Beatson of Campbeltown, Argyllshire, was born at Greenock in May 1814. He graduated in arts and medicine at Glasgow (MD 1836) and became LCS (Edinburgh) in 1836. In 1838 he joined the ...

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D'A. Power

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Bellew, Henry Walter (1834–1892), army medical officer, born at Nusserabad in India on 30 August 1834, was the son of Captain Henry Walter Bellew of the Bengal army, assistant quartermaster-general attached to the Kabul army in the First Anglo-Afghan War and the disastrous retreat of 1842. He trained at ...

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Chavasse, Noel Godfrey (1884–1917), army medical officer and holder of two Victoria crosses, was born on 9 November 1884 at 36 New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, the second (and identical twin) son of Francis James Chavasse (1846–1928), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, ...

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Noel Godfrey Chavasse (1884–1917) by Medringtons, 1917 private collection

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Cuningham, James MacNabb (1829–1905), military surgeon and medical administrator, was born at the Cape of Good Hope on 2 June 1829, the son of Major William Cunningham of the 54th Bengal infantry. Cuningham, who altered the spelling of his surname, read medicine at ...

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G. C. Boase

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Deas, Sir David (1807–1876), naval medical officer, son of Francis Deas (d. 1857), provost of Falkland, Fife, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of David Moyes, was born at Falkland in September 1807. He was educated at Edinburgh high school and the University of Edinburgh...

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Donnet, Sir James John Louis (1816–1905), inspector-general of hospitals and fleets, born at Gibraltar, was the son of Henry Donnet, a Royal Navy surgeon. After studying at the University of Paris, where he graduated B ès L, and at Anderson College, Glasgow, he became LSA of ...

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G. C. Boase

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Dumbreck, Sir David (1805–1876), army medical officer, the only son of Thomas Dumbreck, collector of Inland Revenue in Kincardine O'Neil, Aberdeenshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, youngest daughter of David Sutherland of the same service, was born in Kincardine O'Neil, on 25 October 1805. He was educated at the ...

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Charles Creighton

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Fergusson, William (1773–1846), inspector-general of army hospitals, was born in Ayr, Scotland, on 19 June 1773. After an education at the Ayr Academy he attended medical classes at Edinburgh University, where he graduated MD; he afterwards trained at various London hospitals. In 1794 he became assistant surgeon in the ...

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Charles Creighton

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Gordon, Theodore (bap. 1780?, d. 1845), army medical officer, may have been the son of Theodore Gordon and Margaret Thomson who was baptized at Cabrach, Aberdeenshire, on 8 June 1780. He studied arts and medicine at King's College, Aberdeen, and at Edinburgh, where he graduated MA in 1802. In 1803 he enlisted as assistant surgeon in the army, and soon after joined the ...

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D'A. Power

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Gore, Albert Augustus (1840–1901), army medical officer, born at Limerick, was the eldest son of William Ringrose Gore, physician, and his wife, Mary Jeners Wilson. He was educated in London, Paris, and Dublin, and took honours in science and medicine at Queen's College, Cork...

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Charles Creighton

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Hilditch, Sir Edward (1805–1876), naval medical officer, was born on 13 May 1805, the son of John Frederick Hilditch, and his wife, Sarah. He studied medicine at St George's Hospital in London, took his MRCS diploma in 1826, and immediately entered the naval medical service...

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Hood, Sir Alexander (1888–1980), army medical officer and colonial governor, was born on 25 September 1888 at 68 Easter Road, Leith, Edinburgh, the son of Alexander Hood, clerk, and his wife, Agnes Marshall, née Cunningham. He was educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh...

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Sir Alexander Hood (1888–1980) by Bassano, 1946 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Horton, (James) Africanus Beale (1835–1883), army medical officer and political economist, was born in Gloucester village, Sierra Leone, on 1 June 1835, the son of James Horton (c.1791–1867), a carpenter, and his wife, Nancy. Both were of Igbo descent, members of the recaptive community, liberated there from slavery. ...

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D'A. Power

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Hunter, Sir William Guyer (1827–1902), army medical officer, born at Calcutta, India, was the eldest son of Thomas Hunter of Catterick, Yorkshire. Educated in London at King's College School, he began his training at Charing Cross Hospital in 1844, became MRCS in 1849, FRCS (...