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Cheesman, Algernon Edgar Percy

Surgeon Captain Algernon Edgar Percy Cheesman R.N. officially reported killed on active service, had served in the Navy since 1910. His early service included a commission in China as medical officer of the river gunboat Woodlark. During the last war he served at sea in the armed merchant cruisers Calyx and Alcantara, and from 1916 on special service at Chatham and the Admiralty. From 1919 to 1921 he was in the cruiser Cares in the Mediterranean. As a surgeon commander from 1922 he had a varied record of service afloat in the cruisers Weymouth, Canterbury and Cleopatra and the repair ship Resource; and on shore at the Royal Marine Division, Chatham, and the Anti-Gas school at that port, as well as at the R.N. Barracks, Portsmouth. In 1933 he was appointed medical officer of Bermuda Dockyard and in 1936 of Malta Dockyard. The Times 13 June 1942

Surg. Capt. Algernon Edgar Percy Cheesman, R.N., who is included in an Admiralty Casualty List published on June 10, received his professional education at Guy’ s Hospital and qualified M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. in 1909. He held a House appointment at Leicester Infirmary before entering the Royal Navy as surg. lieut. In 1910. He was promoted surg.-lieut. -cmdr in 1921, surg.cmdr in 1923 and was placed on the retired list in March 1941, with the rank of surg.capt., but was re-employed for service during the present war. He had been a member of the B.M.A. since 1931. British Medical Journal 4 July 1942


First name(s)Algernon Edgar Percy
Date of birth1886
Place of birthFarnham Registration District
Family details

Son of Edwin Thomas Cheesman and Anna Maria Cheesman, husband of Doris Eileen Cheesman

Previous educationLancaster College, West Norwood
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1909 (sic)
Dept / courseM.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.

L.R.C.P.(Lond) M.R.C.S (Lond) 1909

Military unitRoyal Navy, HMS Talbot
Date enlisted1910
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death01 March 1942
Age at death55
Rank at deathCaptain Surgeon
Burial placeMalta (Capuccin) Naval  Cemetery Prot.Section (Officers)
Commemoration(s)Guy's War Memorial

During World War II, Manoel Island and its fort were used as a naval base by the Royal Navy, at which time it was referred to variously as "HMS Talbot" or "HMS Phœnicia". Wikipedia


Guy’ s Hospital Medical School Records, King’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal; Wikipedia

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