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Horton, James Henry

Horton, J. H. Lieut.-Col., D.F.O., I.M.F. He was born on December 27th, 1871, was the son of Major J. Horton, of Woolwich, and was educated at Guy’s Hospital, where he gained the Arthur Durham prize in 1891, and took the Diploma of M.R.C.S. and M.R.C.P. (Lond) in 1895. After filling the post of house-physician at Guy’s and at the Royal Bethlem Hospital successively, he went to India as a special plague medical officer. He was one of the four plague officers who accepted commissions in the I.M.S. as lieutenant from January 29th, 1902, and while at Netley gained the Marshall Webb medal and prize. He became captain on January 29th, 1905, major on July 29th, 1913, and was spccially promoted brevet lieutenant-colonel n December 21st, 1916. He served in East Africa in 1902, in the operations on Somaliland, was present in the action at Jidballi, was mentioned in dispatches (London Gazette, September 2nd, 1904). He was H.P. at Guy’s and at the Royal Bethlem Hospital. In 1902 he became a Lieut. in the I.M.F., Captain in 1905, Major in 1913, and Brevet Lieut.-Col. on December 21st 1916. He served in East Africa in 1902. Was mentioned in despatches in 1904, He gained the Medal with two clasps and the D.S.O. on the N,W. Frontier of India. In operations in the Mohmand country in 1908, the Medal with clasp: and a surgeon to the British Red Cross Society in the Balkan War of 1912, the Medal with clasps. He also had the Fourth Class of the Order of St. George and St. Vladimir of Russia. On March 17th, 1908, he was Medical Officer of the 14th Bengal Cavalry. At the beginning of the present war he was appointed to the command of the 126th Indian Field Ambulance. Reported as having died on Active Service in the Casualty List published on Aug. 2nd, 1917. Guy’s War Memorial Number Reports Vol.LXX and Guy’s Hospital Gazette 25 August, 1917​


First name(s)James Henry
Date of birth27 December 1871
Place of birthIndia
Family detailsSon of Maj. James Horton (late 4th Dragoon Guards), and Mary Horton, of 65, Capers Cope Rd., Beckenham, Kent
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1889-1895
QualificationsM.R.C.S., M.R.C.P.Lond 1895
Military unitIndian Medical Service, D.A.D.M.S. III Corps.
Date enlisted1902
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsServed in the Somaliland Expedition, 1903-04; North-West Frontier Campaign, 1908; Balkan War, 1912-13
Decorations / medalsD.S.O (6 Sept. 1904); See also Obituary
Date of death23 July 1917
Age at death46
Rank at deathLieutenant Colonel
Burial placeBaghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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