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Lake, William Wellington

We regret to record the death at Bloemfontein of Surgeon Lieutenant-Colonel William Wellington Lake, Militia Medical Staff Corps. He was educated at St. Thomas's Hospital. He took the diplomas of L.S.A. in I876, and of M.R.C.S. in 1877. He was formerly Obstetric House-Physician at St. Thomas's Hospital and House-Physician at the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest. In later years he devoted himself to sanitary science, took the Diploma of Public Health at Cambridge, and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Medical Officers of Health and a member of the Sanitary Institute. He contributed several articles on sanitary science to the St. Thomas's Hospital Reports, to the Public Health Journal, and to our own columns. He was highly popular in Guildford, where he was Medical Officer of. Health, Medical Officer of the Isolation Hospital, and Deputy-Coroner for West Surrey. The present war was not his first experience of active service, for during the Russo-Turkish war in 1878 he served as Surgeon in the Ottoman army, and was awarded the medal and the Fourth Class of the Mejidjieh. He was appointed Surgeon-Major in the Militia Medical Staff Corps in I898. Early in the present year he volunteered for service in South Africa. He was gazetted Surgeon-Lieutenant-Colonel on February 14th, and was appointed Officer in charge of No. 10 General Hospital, which was stationed at Bloemfontein, where his death occurred on July 13th from Bright's disease. British Medical Journal 28 July 1900


First name(s)William Wellington
Date of birth1854
Place of birthRomford District
CollegeSt Thomas' Hospital
QualificationsL.S.A. 1876, M.R.C.S. 1877
Military unitMilitia Medical Staff Corps
War / conflictSecond Boer War (1899-1902)
Rank at deathSurgeon Lieutenant-Colonel
Place of death10th General Hospital, Bloemfontein
Cause of deathBright’ s disease
SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; British Medical Journal

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