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Biographical entry Morris, Charles Arthur (1860 - 1942)

CVO 1901; MRCS 19 July 1882; FRCS 14 June 1888; BA Cambridge 1880; MA MB 1884; MCh 1888.

10 October 1860
Guntoor, Madras Presidency, India
25 February 1942
General surgeon


Born 10 October 1860 at Guntoor, Madras Presidency, second son of Frederick William Morris, Indian Civil Service, and Charlotte Georgina Parnell, his wife. He was educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he took second-class honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos of 1880, the last year of the old regulations before the examination was divided into two parts, and first class honours in medicine and forensic medicine at the MB examination 1884. He received his medical training at St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he afterwards served as house surgeon. He was subsequently resident medical officer at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary.

He then settled in general practice at 22 Chester Square, London, SW. Through the period of the Boer War and the war of 1914-18 he was medical officer to the King Edward VII Hospital for Officers founded by Miss Agnes Keyser. Sister Agnes was a close personal friend of Morris and his wife. For his services to this hospital he was created CVO by King Edward VII. He was also surgeon to the Sloane Square Dispensary and to the Grosvenor Hospital for Women and Children, Vincent Square, to which he was appointed consulting surgeon on retirement.

Morris served with the Queen's Westminster Volunteers, receiving a certificate of proficiency as a medical officer, and was gazetted major, RAMC(T) on 11 September 1914. Morris married on 3 October 1893 Ethel Edith Seldon, but there were no children. After a time he lived at 11 Carlyle Mansions, Chelsea, SW3 and died at 39 Royal Avenue, Chelsea on 25 February 1942, aged 81. The funeral service was held at St Michael's, Chester Square, where Morris had been a churchwarden for over thirty years.


Primary sarcoma of vagina developing during pregnancy, Practitioner, 1898, 61, 593.
Some war sequelae, Lancet, 1901, 2, 1559.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J, 1942, 1, 399; information given by Sir Harold S Morris, KC MBE].

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