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Chavasse, Arthur Ryland

Captain Arthur Ryland Chavasse, R.A.M.C., died of pneumonia at No. 2 General Hospital, British Expeditionary Force, in France on March 12th, aged 28. He was the only son of the late Sir Thomas Chavasse, of the Linthurst Hill, Barnt Green, Worcestershire, was educated at Oxford, Dublin and St. Thomas's Hospital, and graduated as B.A. Oxon, with honours in physiology in 1908, and as M.A., M.B. and B.Ch in 1911, also taking the M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P.Lond. in the same year. He had acted as clinical assistant in the children's medical department, as house-physician, as casualty-officer, and as senior obstetric house-surgeon at St. Thomas's, and as resident medical officer of Queen Charlotte's Hospital. He took a temporary commission as lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. on February 15th, 1915 and was promoted to captain on completion of a year's service. British Medical Journal 25 March 1916.

The untimely death of Captain Chavasse will be lamented by a large circle of friends, to whom he will long be remembered for his endless acts of kindness and generosity. He was the only son of Lady Chavasse and the late Sir Thomas Chavasse, of Birmingham. He was educated at Harrow and Hertford College, Oxford, and after graduating from St Thomas's, he held the house appointments of physician, obstetric physician, and casualty officer. He was also resident medical officer to Queen Charlotte's Hospital. He joined the Red Cross Society in France in 1914, then entered the Royal Army Medical Corps, and worked at Netley and at No. 4 and No. 2 General Hospitals in France, where he succumbed to bronchopneumonia on March 12th, aged 29 years. St Thomas's Hospital Gazette, April-May 1916


First name(s)Arthur Ryland
Family detailsSon of Sir Thomas Frederick Chavasse, M.D., F.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., and Frances H. Chavasse, of Barnt Green, Birmingham
Previous educationHarrow School; Hertford College, Oxford; Dublin
CollegeSt Thomas' Hospital
Dates at college1908-1911
QualificationsB.A. 1908; M.A., M.B., B.Ch., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. 1911
Military unitR.A.M.C., No. 2 General Hospital
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death12 March 1916
Age at death28
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathNo. 2 General Hospital
Cause of deathBroncho-pneumonia on active service
Burial placeSte. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France
NotesDr. Arthur Ryland Chavasse was cousin to Dr. Noel Chavasse, V.C. and bar, M.C., Britain's most decorated hero of World War 1.
SourcesSt Thomas's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal

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