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Sayres, Alexander Ward Fortescue

Lieut-Colonel Alexander Ward Fortescue Sayres, R.A.M.C. (T.F.), of Hartley, Plymouth, died on October 10th of wounds received on July 17th. He was born in 1867, the son of the Rev. Edward Sayres, rector of Cold Ashton, near Bath, and was educated at Sherborne and at St. Thomas's Hospital, taking the diplomas of M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. Lond. in 1890, the degree of M.D.Brux. in 1896, and the D.P.H. of the London Colleges in 1902. After acting as clinical assistant in the ear department at St. Thomas's, as resident clinical assistant in the ear department at St. Thomas's, as resident clinical assistant at Bethlem Royal Hospital, and as assistant house-surgeon of the South Devon and East Cornwall Hospital at Plymouth, he practised successively at Wincanton, at Woodford, Essex, and at Exeter, finally becoming tuberculosis officer for Stonehouse district under the Devon County Council. For many years he had held a commission in the 1st Wessex (Exeter) Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. (T.F.), in which he attained the rank of major on March 22nd, 1912. British Medical Journal 27 Oct. 1917


First name(s)Alexander Ward Fortescue
Date of birth1867
Place of birthUxbridge District
Family detailsYoungest son of the Rev Edward Sayres, of Cold Ashton Rectory, Chippenham, Glos; husband of Bertha Sayres, of 4, Marlborough Terrace, Bovey Tracey, Devon
Previous educationSherborne School
CollegeSt Thomas' Hospital
Dates at college1885
Dept / courseMedical Student; Dept. of Bacteriology and Public Health
QualificationsM.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. Lond. 1890; M.D.Brux. 1896; D.P.H. 1902
Military unitR.A.M.C., 2nd/1st Wessex Field Amb
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Decorations / medalsMentioned in Despatches
Date of death10 October 1917
Age at death50
Rank at deathLieutenant Colonel
Cause of deathDied of wounds
Burial placeAbbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France
Commemoration(s)King's College London; St. Thomas's Roll of Honour; Cold Ashton War Memorial, Gloucestershire
SourcesSt Thomas's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal

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