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Biographical entry Milles, Walter Jennings (1854 - 1914)

MRCS July 27th 1877; FRCS Dec 9th 1880; LRCP Lond 1879; MD Brussels 1889.

21 March 1854
Yalding, Kent
22 October 1914
Rudgwick, Sussex
Ophthalmic surgeon


Born on March 21st, 1854, at St Margaret's, Collier Street, Yalding, Kent, the fourth son of the Rev Thomas Milles, for thirty years Vicar of Yalding. He was one of four brothers educated at Tonbridge School. He was in Judde House in 1864, Captain of the Football XIII, and one of the Cricket XI in 1872. He then studied at King's College Hospital, following his eldest brother, George Ridley Milles. Later he was House Surgeon to John Wood, and then became Surgical Registrar. He acted for the House Surgeon and Pathological Registrar at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital, and then settled in ophthalmic practice at 6 Wyndham Place, Bryanston Square, West London.

He studied the pathology of the eye in connection with bacteriology; also with A S Underwood, he made a research upon the bacteriology of the teeth which was reported in the Transactions of the Seventh International Medical Congress 523, London, 1881). He next went out to Shanghai and joined the firm of Henderson & Macleod, arriving on June 18th, 1884, and remaining there for twenty-six years until ill health compelled his retirement in 1910.

He acted as Surgeon to the General Hospital and to the Chinese Hospital, Medical Officer to the British Consulate-General, Surgeon Major in the Shanghai Volunteers, and after the Boxer riots in 1900 he received the China Medal, and the Order of Anam after the Russo-Japanese War. On his return he was a Member of the Thatched House Club. He died suddenly at Rudgwick, Sussex, on Oct 22nd, 1914, leaving a widow and three children.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1914, ii, 1330. Steed's Register of Tonbridge School, 4th ed, 1927, 82].

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