Obituary: Charles Stonham, C.M.G., F.R.C.S., M.B.O.U. 1839-1916

Published on 01 May 1916 in Obituaries

T H E ranks of British ornithologists have been further thinned by the death of Charles Stonham, which took place a t his residence, 4, Harley Street, W., on January 31st last. Charles Stonham was the eldest surviving son of T. G. Stonham, of Maidstone, and came of a family long connected with t h a t town. He was educated at King’s School, Canterbury, and electing t o follow the medical profession, entered University College as a student and became F.R.C.S. in 1884. In 1887 he was appointed surgeon to the Westminster Hospital, and in 1899 became senior surgeon of t h a t institution, which appointment he held till his death. Of his professional ability it is here sufficient to say that he was one of the most brilliant operators of his day and a surgeon of high and wellmerited reputation. In 1882 Stonham had been attached to the staff of Cetewayo, the deposed King of Zululand, on his voyage from South Africa to this country, and he was again destined to visit that continent. In 1895 he had joined the Middlesex Yeomanry as medical officer, and when during the South African War the Imperial Yeomanry Field Hospital was embodied, Stonham was appointed to command it and received the C.M.G. and an honorary majority for his services in the campaign. Some years later, on the introduction of the Territorial system, he was commissioned to raise a mounted field ambulance, which was in due course attached to the

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