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(1822-1881), Army physician and author; Inspector General of hospitals in Armenia

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Humphry Sandwith, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax56768

Humphry Sandwith

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 24 January 1862
NPG Ax56768

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Linda Ellis

15 August 2020, 19:30

Humphry Sandwith, "of Kars," C.B, D.C.L, M.D Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur of France, third Class Medjidieh of Turkey, St. Stanislaus of Russia, and Order of Takova of Servia. Born at Bridlington and bp. there 12 April 1822. Educated at King's College School and University College, London, joined General Williams' army at Kars in 1855, and was throughout the siege. It was defended by 15,000 Turks, against 50,000 Russians, under Mouravieff, for over five months, when it surrendered through famine, and he was sent home with despatches. Created C.B., and made D.C.L. Oxford, Colonial Secretary of Mauritius 1857—1859, accompanied the special embassy under Lord Granville to Moscow for the coronation of Alexander II, 1856. Throughout the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, Servian-Turkish War of 1876, and Russo-Turkish War of 1877. Died in Paris 16 May 1881. He married at St. Stephen's, Paddington, 29 May 1860, Lucy Anne, dau. and coh. of Robert Hargreaves of Bank House, Accrington, esq., J.P., by Louisa his wife, dau. of Samuel Broomhead Ward of Mount Pleasant, Sheffield. She was born at Accrington, 2 Dec. 1841, d. in Algiers 6 May 1882. They had five children.
The Sandwiths of Helmsley, Co., York. A short preliminary pedigree 1897 by Lincoln Sandwith


25 May 2019, 19:27

born Bridlington , westgate ,, East Yorkshire, 12th April 1822, left, aged 8 years to boarding school , at 16 worked for his medical uncle at Beverley [ E.Y. ] then 1843 he went to London's ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS where he qualified , he became Surgeon General to the British army in the Crimean war based at Kars, the Russians beseiged the city for 6 months and Humphry ended up feeding the starving with horse flesh broth , the Russians took the city and let him go because he treated Russian wounded soldiers , he met the zsar , he was the hero of Kars , he became Governor of MAURITIUS and back in London , he helped clean up their drinking water , he died in Paris 16th May 1881, his family built a drinking fountain back in Bridlington in 1882, it was restored by stone mason David Mooney on 16th May 2019.

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