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Biographical entry Green, Charles William (1881 - 1968)

MRCS 1906; FRCS 1909; MB ChB Cambridge 1905; Mchir 1907; LRCP 1906.

27 May 1881
15 December 1968
General practitioner and General surgeon


Born 27 May 1881, he was educated at Bradfield College in Berkshire and later, at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Guy's Hospital. He played association football for Guy's and also ran in the mile. He qualified with the Conjoint Diploma in 1906 and spent several years in house appointments at Guy's. He took his Cambridge degree in 1905 and two years later he obtained the Mastership and in 1909 FRCS. In 1909 he settled in Rochester and was soon appointed assistant surgeon to St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he was not only active with many surgical operations, but he found time to found the radiological department. When the first world war started in 1914 he remained loyal to the ambulance unit which he trained in the RAMC Territorials. He served throughout the war, chiefly in the Middle East, where he was wounded in the right arm.

When he returned to Rochester after the war he decided to devote himself to general practice as he had done no surgery during the five years of war.

He was a very practical general practitioner who devoted himself to his patients and he was well known in all the Medway towns. He was active with the St John Ambulance Brigade, the British Legion and Rochester Rotarians. He loved Rochester Cathedral and was a founder member of the Friends of the Cathedral.

A man of great integrity, Charles Green was scrupulous in his ethical behaviour and intolerant of poor professional work.

He married after the first world war Frances Gertrude Allen who predeceased him in 1958. He died in a nursing home in Rochester on 15 December 1968.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1969, 1, 387].

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