Lives of the fellows

Reginald St George Smallridge (Sir) Bond

b.10 April 1872 d.27 July 1955
CB(1926) KCB(1933) MB Edin(1894) DPH Eng(1916) FRCSE(1896) MRCP(1919) FRCP(1927)

Sir Reginald Bond, K.C.B., was one of two brothers who became Fellows of the College; the other, the elder, was Sir Charles Hubert Bond. They were the sons of the Rev. Alfred Bond and Francis Smallridge. Reginald was born at Ogbourne St. George in Wiltshire.

Following a private education he entered Edinburgh University where he was Mackenzie bursar in anatomy, and graduated M.B. in 1894. Following two years in mental hospital appointments, he joined the Naval Medical Service in 1897, which provided a varied experience ashore and afloat up to the end of World War I and made him so interested in the ship conditions afforded to naval ratings that he proceeded to the D.P.H. By so doing he became one of the first recognised medical officers of health in the Service and professor of hygiene at Greenwich Medical School. For his valuable work there on air-purification in submarines he was awarded the Gilbert Blane medal in 1922.

In that same year, at the age of fifty, he was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn, and four years later was promoted surgeon rear-admiral and created C.B. His ability as a wise and kindly administrator led to his appointment as director general in 1931; for three years he worked hard to place the Service on a sound war-time footing, and he deserved his promotion to K.C.B. On his retirement at the age of sixty-two Bond gave generous voluntary service to the Queen Mary Hospital, Roehampton, to Epsom College, the Royal Naval Benevolent Society and the Professional Classes Aid Council.

In 1900 he married Blanche Irvine, the daughter of a naval captain; they had no family. He died at Worthing, aged eighty-three.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1955, 2, 439-40 (p); Lancet, 1955, 2, 352-3 (p); Times, 30 July 1955.]

(Volume V, page 44)

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