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Stiebel, Charles

Lieutenant Charles Stiebel. I.M.S., who was killed on February 3rd, aged 40, was the son of the late D.C. Stiebel, of 43 Grosvenor Square. He was education at Clifton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he took his M.B. A medical student at St. Thomas's Hospital, he became house surgeon at the West London Hospital, afterwards practising at Bloemfontein. On his return to England he worked as Assistant Medical Officer at Bradford Infirmary and as first Assistant Medical Office at St. Marylebone Infirmary, which post he resigned to go to Edinburgh, where he took his F.R.C.S. In 1912 Dr Stiebel went out to South India to work for the Salvation Army as a medical missionary at the Nagercoil Hospital. While there during the cholera epidemic at Christmas, 1912-13, he formed and became leader of a band of eleven Indian medical students who called themselves "The Cholera Brigade," and who visited the very poor, without fees, within an area of two miles from the hospital. Later he took charge of the Salvation Army Hospital at Anand Guzerat which post he resigned on being given a commission in the Indian Medical Service. Immediately war was declared he offered his services, went to Alexandria, the Dardanelles (Mudros), and later to Mesopotamia. In 1912 Dr. Stiebel married Miss Agatha Cook, night sister at St. Marylebone Infirmary, W., and leaves two girls.

In regard to the above a correspondent writes:-

"Stiebel's good deeds were known to but few at St. Thomas's, for he was the last man to talk about them. It was a definite understanding in the wards in which he worked that he would provide for any child who stood in need of several months of country life and good feeding. I don't know how many benefited, but there must have been a considerable number. That was the only and characteristic way in which he gave any indication of the possession of ample private means." St Thomas's Hospital Gazette, March and April 1917

Temporary Lieutenant Charles Stiebel, Indian Medical Service, was killed on February 2nd, aged 40. He was the son of the late D. C. Stiebel of London, was educated at Clifton, St. Thomas's Hospital and at Trinity College Cambridge, and took the diplomas of M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. Lond. in 1902, the M.B. Cambridge in 1904, and the F.R.C.S. Edin. in 1911. After acting as house-surgeon in the West London Hospital, he went to South Africa and practiced at Bloemfontein, then returning to England served as assistant medical officer of the Bradford Infirmary, and as first assistant medical officer of the Marylebone Infirmary. In 1912 he went to India as a medical missionary of the Salvation Army, and held charge of their hospitals, first at Nagercoil in South India, and afterwards at Anand, in Guzrat. He took a temporary commission as lieutenant in the I.M.S. on November 17th, 1914, and served successively in the Kitchener Hospital at Brighton, at Alexandria, at Madras, and in Mesopotamia. In 1912 he married Miss Agatha Cook, night sister at the Marylebone Infirmary, and leaves a widow and two daughters. British Medical Journal 3 March, 1917


First name(s)Charles
Place of birthLondon
Family detailsSon of Daniel Charles and Ada Juliana Stiebel; husband of Agatha Stiebel, of "Anand", East Drive, Brighton
Previous educationClifton College, Trinity Hall College, Cambridge
CollegeSt Thomas' Hospital
Dates at college1897
Dept / course3rd Year
QualificationsB.A., M.B. Cantab.; F.R.C.S. Edin.
Military unitIndian Medical Service, No. 1 Indian General Hospital attd 62nd Punjabis
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death2 February 1917
Age at death40
Rank at deathLieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeAmara War Cemetery, Iraq
Commemoration(s)Trinity Hall College, Cambridge Roll of Honour; St. Thomas's Roll of Honour
SourcesSt Thomas's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal

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