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Biographical entry Stovell, Matthew (1806 - 1869)

CSI 1867; MRCS Sept 5th 1828; FRCS April 14th 1859; LSA (Prize in botany), 1827; MRCP Lond 1859; FRCP 1863; MD Aberdeen 1859.

10 September 1806
8 May 1869
Military surgeon


Born in London on Sept 10th, 1806, son of George Stovell. He was educated at St George's Hospital from 1822-1826. He joined the Bombay Army as Assistant Surgeon on Oct 8th, 1828, was promoted Surgeon on Feb 20th, 1844, and Superintending Surgeon on June 17th, 1857. He became Principal Inspector-General, Medical Department, Bombay, on April 6th, 1862, retired on April 9th, 1867, and was gazetted CSI on Sept. 16th, 1867. He saw active service in Persia in 1856 and 1857, being mentioned in General Sir James Outram's dispatch of June 17th, 1857, and in General Orders on Aug 5th, 1857.

The Bombay Review of Jan 15th, 1867, announced the retirement of Stovell on the pension of his rank, £900 a year, and said that he had done good service to the State for thirty-eight years, in particular by his skill and good management as Surgeon to the European General Hospital in Bombay during ten years. Further, his work as Secretary of the Board of Education was highly esteemed, as Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals in the Poona Division during four years, and as Principal Inspector-General for the last five years.

On his return to Europe he suffered from epileptic fits, in one of which he fractured an arm, and died during a severe fit in his brother's house in Belsize Park, NW, on May 8th, 1869.


"Statistics of the More Important Diseases admitted into the European General Hospital at Bombay from April 1st, 1846, to March 81st, 1856," Bombay, 1856; reprinted from Trans Med and Phys Soc Bombay, 1855-6, ns. Iii, p1.

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