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Adams, Andrew Leith (1827–1882), army surgeon and naturalist, born on 21 March 1827, was the son of Francis Adams (1796–1861), surgeon, and his wife, Elspeth Shaw (d. 1845). Appointed army surgeon in 1848, Adams joined the 22nd (Cheshire) regiment and was posted to ...

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James Williams Adams (1839–1903) by unknown photographer, in or after 1881 courtesy of the Director, National Army Museum, London

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H. M. Vibart

revised by James Falkner

Adams, James Williams (1839–1903), army chaplain, born on 24 November 1839 in Cork, was the only son of James O'Brien Adams, magistrate of Cork (d. 1854), and his wife, Elizabeth Williams. Educated at Hamlin and Porter's School, on the South Mall, Cork...

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Ancliffe, Charles William (1880–1952), military bandmaster and composer, was born in co. Kildare, Ireland, the son of John Benjamin Ancliffe, bandmaster of the 13th regiment (Somerset light infantry) from 1894 to 1906. He received a musical education from John Hele and at the ...

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Anderson, Sir William (1835–1898), director-general of the Royal Ordnance factories, was born in St Petersburg on 5 January 1835, the fourth son of John Anderson, a member of the firm of Matthews, Anderson & Co., bankers and merchants of St Petersburg, and his wife, ...

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Anthony, Anthony (d. 1563), military administrator, was the son of William Anthony (d. 1535), a Fleming who was made denizen in 1503, and his wife, Joan. William was a citizen and brewer of London; his premises, The Ship in East Smithfield, passed to ...

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Apsley, Sir Allen (1566/7–1630), naval and military administrator, was a younger son of John Apsley of Pulborough, Sussex, and of his wife, Elizabeth (née Shelley). His daughter, Lucy Hutchinson, portrayed him as coming to court as a young man, losing heavily at gaming, and enlisting with the navy victualler in the ...

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J. K. Laughton

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Armstrong, Sir Alexander (1818–1899), naval medical officer, descended from a family originally of Cumberland, and from Major-General John Armstrong (1673–1742), was born in Donegal, the son of Alexander Armstrong of Croghan Lodge, co. Fermanagh. He studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, and at ...

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Babtie, Sir William (1859–1920), army medical officer, was born at 75 West Bridgend, Dumbarton, Scotland, on 7 May 1859, the son of John Babtie, a druggist, and later provost of Dumbarton, and his wife, Janet, eldest daughter of William McLeod, a wood merchant. The civil engineer ...

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Sir George Ballingall (1780–1855) by unknown engraver Wellcome Library, London

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Ballingall, Sir George (1780–1855), military surgeon and medical writer, was born on 2 May 1780 at Forglen, Banffshire, the son of the Revd Robert Ballingall, and his wife, a daughter of J. Simson of Edinshead. His education began at the Falkland parish school...

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Barry, Sir David (1780–1835), army surgeon and physiologist, was born on 12 March 1780 in co. Roscommon, Ireland. After showing early talent in classics and mathematics, he eventually decided upon a career in medicine. He was examined for the army in the Royal College of Surgeons...

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H. M. Chichester

revised by James Falkner

Beatson, George Steward (1814–1874), army medical officer, third son of Duncan Beatson of Campbeltown, Argyll, was born at Greenock in May 1814. He graduated in arts and medicine at Glasgow (MD 1836) and became LCS (Edinburgh) in 1836. In 1838 he joined the ...

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D'A. Power

revised by James Falkner

Bellew, Henry Walter (1833–1892), army medical officer, born at Nusserabad in India on 30 August 1833, was the son of Captain Henry Walter Bellew (bap. 1803, d. 1842) of the Bengal army, assistant quartermaster-general attached to the Kabul army in the First Anglo-Afghan War and the disastrous retreat of 1842, and his wife ...

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Bertie, Charles (1640/41–1711), diplomat and treasurer of the ordnance, was the fifth son of Montague Bertie, second earl of Lindsey (1607/8–1666), and his first wife, Martha (bap. 1605, d. 1641), daughter of Sir William Cokayne of Rushton, Northamptonshire, and the widow of ...

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H. M. Chichester

revised by David Gates

Bisset, Sir John (1774–1854), commissariat officer, was born in Perth. He served in the commissariat (the civil department, which provided the army with transport, food, and forage, and kept the stores) in Britain from 1795 to 1800, in Germany from May 1800 to June 1802, in ...

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B. C. Skottowe

revised by James Lunt

Bordwine, Joseph (d. 1835), army officer and instructor, was born in America, and on 8 January 1801 he was appointed ensign in the 55th regiment, having previously served in the Canadian Volunteers. He was promoted lieutenant in the Royal Staff Corps on 22 December 1803 and transferred to the ...

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H. M. Chichester

revised by John Sweetman

Borland, James (1774–1863), army physician, was born at Ayr, Scotland, in April 1774. He joined the army medical department as a hospital assistant on 20 December 1790, becoming surgeon's mate in the Royal Highland regiment in 1792, and took part in the duke of York's...

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H. M. Chichester

revised by Patrick Wallis

Broughton, Samuel Daniel (1787–1837), military surgeon, the fourth and youngest son of Thomas Broughton, rector of St Peter's, Bristol, and his wife, Jane, was born in Bristol in July 1787. Thomas Duer Broughton (1778–1835) was his brother. Samuel was educated at Bristol grammar school...

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A. J. Arbuthnot

revised by Katherine Prior

Brown, David (1762–1812), East India Company chaplain, was the son of Francis Brown, a prosperous farmer of Driffield Greets, Yorkshire. He was educated privately at Scarborough and then at Hull grammar school and Magdalene College, Cambridge. In February 1785, his studies incomplete, he accepted the post of superintendent of the ...