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Biographical entry Stawell, Rodolph de Sails (1871 - 1947)

OBE 1920; MRCS 4 August 1896; FRCS 14 December 1899; LRCP 1896; BA Cambridge 1893.

30 November 1871
26 July 1947
Falmouth, Cornwall
General surgeon


Born in Australia on 30 November 1871, the youngest child of Sir William Foster Stawell, afterwards Chief Justice of Victoria, and his wife, née Greene. An elder brother, Sir Richard Rawdon Stawell, KBE, MD (1864-1935) became consulting physician to Melbourne Hospital. Stawell was educated at Geelong Grammar School, Victoria, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and took second-class honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos, part 1, 1893. He received his medical training at St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he served as house surgeon and extern midwifery assistant, and was vice-president of the Abernethian Society.

He then settled in practice at Shrewsbury, becoming physician to the Royal Salop Infirmary there, and surgeon to the Shropshire Surgical Home at Baschurch. He was president of the Shropshire and Mid-Wales branch of the British Medical Association in 1914-15. After retirement Stawell lived at Agan Trigva, Falmouth, Cornwall, where he died on 26 July 1947, aged 75. He had married in 1900 Maud, daughter of Admiral Sir Astley Cooper Key, GCB, who survived him but without children. Mrs Stawell died on 27 March 1949.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from Mrs Stawell].

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