Lives of the fellows

John Cyril Holdich Leicester

b.29 March 1872 d.19 May 1949
CIE(1927) BSc Lond(1893) MB(1896) BS(1898) MD FRCS FRCP(1923)

Holdich Leicester was born at Scarborough, the son of Rev. J. A. Leicester, and educated at Dulwich College. He then studied at University College, London, graduating as B.Sc. in 1893, M.B. in 1896, and B.S. in 1898, when he also qualified as F.R.C.S. From resident appointments at University College Hospital and the Samaritan Hospital for Women he joined the Indian Medical Service in 1899. A year later, he served in China during the Boxer Rising. The next few years were spent in Calcutta, where he was resident surgeon in the Eden Hospital for Women and first surgeon to the Presidency General Hospital, and at Simla, where, as civil surgeon for Simla East, he was in charge of the Walker Hospital. In the 1914-1918 War he saw service in Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Mediterranean and Palestine. After taking part in the Afghan War, he returned to Calcutta as professor of midwifery at the Medical College and surgeon to the Eden Hospital. He was also acting surgeon-general of Bengal for a time. A deeply religious man, he strongly supported the work of the Oxford Mission and of Calcutta Cathedral. On retiring with the rank of lieutenant-colonel in 1927, he received the C.I.E. He passed his remaining years at Newbury, where he died. His wife, Queenie, was the daughter of Lt.-Col. E. Dobson, I.M.S.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1949; Roll of I.M.S., 503]

(Volume IV, page 587)

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