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Biographical entry Hamilton, Edward Thomas Ernest (1867 - 1915)

MRCS Nov 12th 1891; FRCS Oct 13th 1892; LRCP Lond Nov 12th 1891; BSc 1889; MB BS Lond (with 1st class honours in medicine and surgery and forensic medicine) 1892; MD 1893; MS 1895.

Rathgar, Ireland
8 March 1915
South Africa
General surgeon


Edward Thomas Ernest Hamilton ('Freddy Hamilton'), born at Rathgar near Dublin, the son of a naval surgeon, entered Guy's Hospital in 1886, and greatly distinguished himself as a student. He was House Surgeon to Sir Henry Howse (qv), and Resident Obstetric Assistant, then Assistant Medical Officer, Peckham House Asylum. He returned to Guy's Hospital as Demonstrator of Anatomy, and Anaesthetist to the Hospital and Dental Department, residing at Underhill Road, Forest Hill.

In 1898 he went to South Africa and settled in practice on the Rand. During the Boer War (1899-1902) he was Civil Surgeon in the South African Field Force, also Medical Officer in Charge of Hospitals on shore, and on the hospital ship Orcana. Later he practised at Adderley House, Johannesburg, and filled various offices: President of the Transvaal Medical Society (1906-1907); Medical Officer to the City and Suburban GM Co, Sick Benefit Society; Member of Council, Transvaal University College, also of the Witwatersrand Council of Education; Chairman of the Seymour Memorial Library and of the Pretoria Medical Society. His most striking achievement was the founding of the Transvaal Medical Journal, which became the Medical Journal of South Africa. The journal in its obituary notice paid a remarkable tribute to its late editor.

With the outbreak of the War in 1914 he left Johannesburg with the Transvaal Horse Artillery for the campaign in German South-West Africa, and remained with the Field Force until the subsequent Boer Rebellion was quelled. He returned seriously invalided to Johannesburg in February, 1915, suffering from an obscure subacute intestinal complaint, complicated by a morbid dread of losing his reason. He was found dead with a bullet wound in his head on March 8th, 1915, and was buried with military honours. He was survived by Mrs Hamilton, who had been a nurse at Guy's Hospital.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Med. Jour, of South Africa, 1916, x, 146].

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