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Sutcliff, Archibald Alfred

We regret to have to record the death from typhus fever of Capt. Archibald A. Sutcliff, R.A.M.C., a prisoner of war in Germany. St Thomas's Hospital Gazette, May 1915


First name(s)Archibald Alfred
Date of birth17 December 1881
Previous educationEpsom College
CollegeSt Thomas' Hospital
Dates at college1899
QualificationsM.B., B.S. Lond.
Military unitR.A.M.C.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death12 March 1915
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathWittenberg Camp, Germany
Cause of deathTyphus fever
Commemoration(s)Wittenberg Camp, Germany, Obelisk; Epsom College Roll of Honour; St. Thomas's Roll of Honour
NotesIn Memory of Major Walter Fry, Captain S. Field [St Mary's Hospital] and Captain Sutcliffe, Who Died At Wittenberg
To the Editor of the "St.Thomas's Hospital Gazette"
Sir, - I venture to trespass on your valuable space, as I cannot but think that many of us feel deeply that some memorial should be put up to the memory of the three brave doctors who died at Wittenberg Camp of typhus, while doing their utmost to alleviate the terrible sufferings and misery of which we have all read, with a thrill of horror, from the reports of Captains Priestly-Vidal and Lauder.
His Majesty has voiced all our wishes, by the honours he has graciously bestowed on these gallant men, who mercifully survived, and we now feel that the names of those who died should be remembered in the years to come. I think we shall all agree that if possible the memorial should take the form of helping to alleviate suffering and do some permanent good, but that must necessarily depend on the amount received. I will gladly receive and acknowledge the smallest sums, as I feel all men and women will wish to join in honouring the memory of such men.
Yours, &c., Constance Parker of Waddington, Aldworth. Haslemere, Surrey, May 5th, 1916St Thomas's Hospital Gazette, June/July 1916>
Wittenberg 1914-1915
A Monument in the form of an obelisk has been erected by subscription among the British survivors of Wittenberg Camp to the memory of their comrades who died there. From the date on one of the wreaths it appears to have been completed on July 20th, 1916. Three separate views of the monument have lately been received in England. The cost of the obelisk was Ā£80, which was subscribed by the comrades of those who died largely as the result of the inhuman neglect of the German Kommandantur. The cruel story is too well known to need repetition, but an almost cynical touch is added by the wreath inscribed: - "Kommandantur des Gefanagenenlagers Wittenberg." From the fact that three separate views have reached England it has been possible, by means of a lens, to compile a full list of the 68 martyrs whose deaths are recorded.
One side of the shaft is inscribed:- "In Memory of the British Officers, N.C.O.'s, Men and Civilians who died at Wittenberg, 1914-1915." Near the base are the words:- "Erected by their comrades." The principal side contains names that will always be proudly remembered by St. Thomas's men, namely, those of Major W. B. Fry and Captain A. A. Sutcliff. St Thomas's Hospital Gazette, March and April, 1917
SourcesSt Thomas's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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