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Knaggs, Francis Henry

Captain F. H. Knaggs R.A.M.C. died at Oak House, Huddersfield on June 24th, aged 56. He was educated at Guy's Hospital, and took the diplomas of M.R.C.S. in 1885 and the L.R.C.P. Lond. in 1887. After filling the posts of resident obstetrician at Guy's, clinical assistant to the Ophthalmic department of Leeds Infirmary, and house surgeon of Gloucester Infirmary, he went into practice at Huddersfield, till he took a temporary commission in the R.A.M.C. He was ophthalmic and aural surgeon to the Huddersfield Infirmary, and ex-secretary of the Huddersfield Medical Society. British Medical Journal 7 July 1917

Mr. F. H. Knaggs, who died on June 24th  from pneumonia after a brief illness at the  age of 56 years was the third son of the late Dr. Samuel Knaggs, who practised for many years in Huddersfield. He was educated at the Huddersfield College and at Rossall, taking his medical course at Guy’s Hospital, where he held appointments in the Eye and Ear Departments,  being later Clinical Assistant at the (Moorfields) Royal London Opthalmic Hospital.

After a term of two years as House Surgeon at the Gloucestershire General Infirmary and Eye Institution he commenced general practice in 1889 with his father and steadily gained a reputation as a specialist in eye and ear infections.  For several years he assisted his brother, Mr. R. Lawford Knaggs, in the Opthalmic and Aural Department of the Leeds Public Dispensary, and in 1905 became Honorary Surgeon to the recently created Opthalmic and Aural Department at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, to which his father was for many years Senior Honorary Surgeon. His death thus breaks a connection with that institution which had existed since its first establishment. From the date of its opening in October 1915, Mr. Knaggs had been a Civilian Medical Officer at the Huddersfield War Hospital and in January last received a commission as Temporary Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He leaves a widow and one daughter and a wide circle of friends to mourn their loss. Mr. Knaggs was formerly honorary secretary of the Huddersfield Medical Society, where he read a number of practical papers on ophthalmic subjects, some of which were published in our columns. Guy’s Hospital Gazette 14 July, 1917



First name(s)Francis Henry
Date of birth1861
Place of birthHuddersfield
Family detailsSon of Samuel Knaggs of Huddersfield. Husband of M. I. Knaggs, of Lingrow, Salcombe, Devon
Previous educationHuddersfield College and Rossall
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at collegeMay 1882
Dept / courseConjoint Diploma
QualificationsM.R.C.S. 1885; L.R.C.P. London 1887
Military unitRoyal Army Medical Corps
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death24 June 1917
Age at death56
Rank at deathCaptain (TP)
Place of deathOak House, Huddersfield
Cause of deathDied of wounds
Burial placeHuddersfield (Edgerton) Cemetery
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial
NotesKnaggs - On the 24th June, at Oak House, Huddersfield, Francis Henry Knaggs, Captain, R.A.M.C., beloved husband of M. Isabel Knaggs, age 56. No flowers by request. Died of Wounds. The Times: 27 June 1917
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; The Times

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