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Biographical entry Green, Charles Robert Mortimer (1863 - 1950)

MRCS 27 May 1885; FRCS 13 June 1895; LSA 1884; LRCP 1885; DPH Cambridge 1895; MD Durham 1906.

21 May 1863
10 April 1950
Military surgeon


Born 21 May 1863, the third son and fourth of the ten children of the Rev Edward Peter Green and his wife Anne Griffiths. He was educated at Mercers' School and the London Hospital, and played in the Hospital rugby XV. He qualified LSA in 1884, and took the Conjoint diplomas the next year. On 30 September 1886 he was commissioned as surgeon in the Indian Medical Service. He saw active service on the North West Frontier at the Black Mountain and Hazara, winning the medal with clasp in 1888, and at Tirak in 1897-98 and again won the medal with clasp. He had taken the Fellowship and the Cambridge DPH in 1895. He was promoted major in September 1898, and lieutenant-colonel in 1906 when he took the Durham MD, and was placed in the special list for promotion on 1 April 1912.

During the war of 1914-18 he served in the hospital ships Ellora and Sicilia, in the Mahsud operation 1917, and in Mesopotamia and again on the North West frontier. He was promoted colonel on 11 November 1916. After the war he was appointed Inspector General of Civil Hospitals in the Central Provinces. During his years of civil service he was attached the Eden Hospital, Calcutta, and was professor of midwifery in Calcutta University; he was also civil surgeon at Simla. He was appointed an Honorary Surgeon to the King on 15 June 1920, and retired on 28 March 1921.

After his return to England Colonel Green settled at Guildford and took an active part in local affairs. He was attached to the honorary staff of the Royal Surrey County Hospital. He was a man of great physical strength, quiet, imperturbable, and fairminded. He retained his zest and big-hearted generosity to the end of his long life. Green married in 1899 Alice Whitworth Yates; there were two sons and a daughter of the marriage. He died at Guildford on 10 April 1950, aged 86.


E A Birch. Management of children in India, 5th edition by C R M Green and V B Green-Armytage, 1913.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1950, 1, 1151; Crawford Roll of the IMS, Bengal list no 2229; information from his daughter, Mrs Gostling].

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