The Orders and Medal to Major General R.H.Charles, ********,
Lot 101
The G.C.V.O., K.St.J. and medal to Major General and Honorary Serjeant Surgeon R.H.Charles, Indian Medical Service,
Sold for £1,920 (US$ 3,185) inc. premium
Lot Details
The G.C.V.O., K.St.J. and medal to Major General and Honorary Serjeant Surgeon R.H.Charles, Indian Medical Service,
The Royal Victorian Order, G.C.V.O. Grand Cross set of insignia, comprising sash badge and breast star in gold, silver-gilt, silver and enamel, both pieces numbered (364); The Order of St.John, Knight of Grace set of insignia, comprising neck badge and breast star in silver-gilt and enamel; Victory Medal (Maj.Gen.R.H.Charles.). Small enamel damage to G.C.V.O. breast star, otherwise very fine or better. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • G.C.V.O. London Gazette 4.2.1912.
    K.C.S.I. London Gazette 1.1.1923.
    Knight of Justice 1924.

    Major General Richard Henry Havelock Charles was born on the 10th March 1858, he was educated at Queen's College Cork, also Dublin, Paris, Vienna and Berlin. He graduated as a Doctor of Medicine with 1st Class Honours and Gold Medal from Queen's University of Ireland in 1881. He entered the Indian Medical Service in on the 1st April 1882 and was awarded the Herbert and Montefiore Prizes and Parkes Gold Medal at Netley. In 1884 he was posted to military duty and served with the Afghan boundary. In 1886 he received a Commission as Medical Officer in charge of Escort and Field Hospital, as well as Professor of Anatomy and Comparative Anatomy at Lahore Medical College. Promoted to Major in 1894 and appointed F.R.C.S.I. Professor of Anatomy at Calcutta Medical College. Second surgeon, Medical College Hospital and later Professor of Surgery and First Surgeon. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 1st April 1902; Honorary F.R.C.S. 1904; Awarded Gold Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1906, and appointed K.C.V.O.. Physician in Ordinary to H.R.H. Prince of Wales, 1906. He retires from the I.M.S. on 20th March 1908 and becomes a member of the Medical Board of the India Office. In 1910 he is appointed Sergeant Surgeon to King George V (until 1928), this position requires attendance upon the King when he goes on active service. Honorary Surgeon General 28th February 1913. Dean, London School of Tropical Medicine, 1916. Medical Adviser to Secretary of State for India June 1916 to August 1923. Honorary LL.D. Queen's University Belfast. In 1928 following his resignation as Serjeant Surgeon to the King he was appointed Honorary Serjeant Surgeon, an unique appointment. He was created Baronet on 2nd January 1928. He died on the 27th October 1934, aged 76.

    Sold with assorted photocopied research.
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