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Biographical entry Partridge, Samuel Bowen (1828 - 1898)

CIE 1893; MRCS Aug 5th 1851; FRCS Dec 14th 1871; LSA 1851; FRCS Edin 1858.

7 May 1898
General surgeon


Born at Cardiff, and baptized on Dec 24th, 1828. He was the son of Henry Partridge, land agent at Cardiff. He studied at King's College Hospital, London, where he was a brilliant student and gained many prizes. He joined the Bengal Army of the HEIC as Assistant Surgeon on Oct 12th, 1852, and saw active service in Burmah, gaining the Medal and Clasp. On returning to Bengal he served as Civil Surgeon and had medical charge of the 2nd Oudh Irregular Cavalry at Lucknow. During the Mutiny and the siege of the Residency at Lucknow under Sir Henry Lawrence, he was in the house of his colleague and friend Joseph Fayrer (qv). He served on Colonel Burmester's expedition and on that to Chinhut, distinguished himself at the recapture of Lucknow, and was granted on Sept 7th, 1858, brevet rank as Surgeon, being allowed to count a year's service; he received the thanks of the Government in General Orders and the Medal with three Clasps.

A break in his health followed, during which he visited England and took the FRCS at Edinburgh. On his return he was appointed Professor of Anatomy at the Calcutta Medical College and Surgeon to the Hospital, Examiner and Member of the Senate, and was promoted Surgeon Major on Oct 12th, 1872. On the retirement of Sir Joseph Fayrer he became the Senior Surgeon and Professor of Surgery; he had an extensive surgical practice which he continued until his retirement in 1880.

For a short time he was President of the Medical Faculty of the University and Principal of the College. He returned to England as Deputy Surgeon General, was created a CIE, and served as a Member of the India Medical Board until his eyesight failed. He died at Thicket Lodge, Thicket Road, Anerley, on May 7th, 1898, and was buried at Norwood Cemetery.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Crawford's History of the Indian Medical Service, ii. Sir Joseph Fayrer's Recollections of my Life, Edinburgh and London, 1900, passim. Ind Med Record, 1895, viii, 97, with portrait. Brit Med Jour, 1898, i, 1296].

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