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Rouse, James Edward Colleton

Major James Edward Colleton Rouse lost his life on active service in the Middle East last month. He received his medical education at St. George's Hospital, where he won the Brackenbury Prize in Surgery, and qualified M,R.C.S., L.R.C.P. in 1925. Two years later he took the M.B., B.S. of the University of London and in 1936 obtained the D.A. of the Royal Colleges. He had held the posts of house-surgeon, house-physician, and resident anaesthetist at St. George's before settling in practice at Worthing, where he was honorary anaesthetist to the local hospital as well as to Hove General Hospital. He was also honorary medical officer to the Royal Surrey County Hospital Convalescent Home at Worthing and an honorary anaesthetist to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine 'and a member of the Brighton and Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society. He leaves a widow. British Medical Journal 14 June 1941

Major James Edward Colleton Rouse, R.A.M.C. a well-known Worthing doctor, has been killed in action in the Middle East. His last letter home to his wife said that he would shortly be in the thick of it, “ but I shall come through it right,” he added confidently.

He joined the R.A.M.C. at the outbreak of war and was sent out to France with the B.E.F.. He escaped last June through Cherbourg. Early in January this year he was drafted to Egypt.

Before the war he was in practice at Worthing for 14 years. He took the practice over from his father, the late Dr. Algernon Rouse. His grandfather was a famous surgeon at St. George’ s Hospital in London. He attended Brighton and King’ s College before entering the hospital.

Worthing Gazette 28 May 1941


First name(s)James Edward Colleton
Date of birth18 August 1902
Place of birthEast Preston Registration District
Family detailsSon of Algernon Edward & Florence Edith Rouse of Worthing. Husband of Nancy Maria Louise Rouse
Previous educationBrighton College; St. George’ s Hospital
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1920-1923
Dept / courseFaculty of Medicine
QualificationsM.B., B.S.
Military unitR.A.M.C.
Date enlistedOutbreak of war
Service number87504
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death18-May-41
Age at death38
Rank at deathMajor
Place of deathMiddle East
Burial placeSuda Bay War Cemetery, Crete
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel
SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal; Worthing Gazette

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