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Biographical entry Sturdy, Arthur Carlile (1883 - 1919)

MC 1917; MRCS Feb 11th 1909; FRCS June 18th 1912; BA Cantab 1906.

1 May 1919
General surgeon


The second son of the Rev H C Sturdy, sometime Vicar of St Paul's, Dorking; was educated at St Paul's School and at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He graduated BA in 1906, having been placed in the 1st class of Part I of the Natural Science Tripos in 1904, and in the 1st class in physiology in Part II in 1906. He then entered St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he was House Surgeon and Resident Obstetric Assistant, and later was Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Free Hospital. He went into general practice, first at Baldock and then at Horsham, where he was Surgeon to the Horsham Cottage Hospital and Secretary to the Horsham Division of the British Medical Association. In 1913 he joined the firm of Messrs Vernon, Kinneir, Juckes, Stevens & Jamison.

In 1915 he went on war service as Lieutenant RAMC, was promoted to Captain, and was for two years on the Western Front in France with the 2nd Hampshire Regiment, being awarded the Military Cross at Monchy-le-Preux on July 26th, 1917. The official record stated that "he attended wounded for many hours under heavy fire. He showed a complete disregard of danger in organizing search parties, and recovered wounded who had been left for several days." After two years' service he returned home in June, 1917, but rejoined in the following October. He was sent to Mesopotamia to a Casualty Clearing Station, and later acted as Surgical Specialist at the 83rd Base Hospital in Basra.

In April, 1919, before returning home, he went to Bombay and then to Naini Tal to visit a brother ill with dysentery. He himself contracted dysentery, but after a short stay in hospital improved, and took train for Bombay. Being taken worse on the journey, at Bombay he was removed in an ambulance to the Colaba Military Hospital, where he died on May 1st, 1919.

Sturdy knew his work well, was always a colleague to be relied on, and one who gained the confidence of his patients. He had a charming personality, was a keen lover of music, and had been an enthusiastic mountaineer. His portrait accompanies the obituary by one of his partners, Mark H H Vernon, MRCS, in the St Bartholomew's Hospital Journal (1919, xxvi, 103 and 121). His name is inscribed on the College Roll of Honour.

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