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  • Title
    Carless, Albert (1863-1936)
  • Reference
    MS0064
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date
    1881-1936
  • Creator
  • Scope and Content
    The collection contains the papers of Albert Carless, and includes letters, notes, drafts of speeches and articles, photographs, certificates and publications.
  • Extent
    2 boxes
  • Language
    English
  • System of arrangement
    The papers were found in no particular order. In a few cases, Carless had separated some letters and papers and placed them in individual envelopes. These natural subdivisions are evident in sub-fonds numbers 4 and 5. The cataloguer imposed an order on the rest of the material. The collection is divided into 9 sub-fonds. These are the following: 1) Education; 2) Draft speeches; 3) Notes; 4) Letters and Papers referring to work during the war; 5) Barnardo's; 6) Letters and Testimonials; 7) Personal; 8) Publications and Reprints by Albert Carless; 9) Publications and Reprints by other authors.
  • Conditions governing access
    By appointment only. See College website for contact details of the Archives.
  • Conditions governing reproduction
    At the discretion of the librarian
  • Admin./ biographical history
    Carless, Albert (1863-1936). C.B.E. 1919; M.R.C.S. 30 July 1885 F.R.C.S. 12 April 1888; MS. London 1886; B.S. 1887; M.S. 1888; 1i~fl. F.A.C.S. 1920; L.S.A. 1885. Born at Richmond, Surrey, 4 April 1863, the sixth child and fourth son of Thomas James Carless, contractor, and Jane Cullen Furze, his wife. He was educated at Carrington Lodge, Richmond, at King’s College School, London, and at King’s College, where he won the senior scholarship in 1885, and at King’s College Hospital. Here and at the University of London he had a distinguished undergraduate career, qualifying for the gold medal in surgery at the B.S. examination in 1887 and at the M.S. examination in the following year. In the King’s College medical faculty he won the gold medal and prize for botany, the junior scholarship, the second-year scholarship, the senior medical scholarship, the Warneford prize and the Leathes prize. He was appointed house surgeon to King’s College Hospital in 1885 and three years later he became Sambrooke surgical registrar. He was elected assistant surgeon to the hospital in 1889, having the good fortune to serve under Lister; became surgeon in 1898, and from 1902 to 1918 was professor of surgery at King’s College in succession to William Watson Cheyne. He accepted a commission as major a la suite in the territorial service on 16 November 1912, and was gazetted colonel A.M.S. on 22 September 1917, serving at first as surgeon to the 4th London General Hospital and later as consulting surgeon to the Eastern Command; for his services he was created C.B.E. in 1919. He retired from surgical work on demobilization in 1919, resigned his hospital appointments, and devoted himself during the rest of his life to philanthropic work. From June 1919 until 1926 he acted as honorary medical director at Dr Barnardo’s Homes, and subsequently lived at Crieff, Perthshire, where he did much good work both locally and generally. In 1898 he published, in collaboration with William Rose, F.R.C.S., a Manual of surgery which immediately became a popular text-book. It was translated into Hungarian, Chinese, and Arabic, and had a large sale in the United States. He married Ada Bridger, younger daughter of Major-General G. S. Dobbie of the Madras army, by whom he had two sons, both killed in action. He died suddenly at Worthing on 27 April 1936. The guiding motive.of Carless’ life was his deep and abiding interest in evangelical religion. So long as he was in London he was associated with Dr Stuart Holden in his work at St Paul’s Church, Portman Square. He was afterwards president of the inter-varsity fellowship of the Evangelical Union. [Source: The Lives of the Fellows of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Volume 3: 1930-1951, p131]
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