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  CHARLES HENRY ALLEN


President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society


1931 to 1932.


Charles Henry Allen O.B.E. :- 24, The Ropewalk, Nottingham. Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), 1906; Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Edinburgh), 1900; (University of Edinburgh); Order of the Nile, 4th Class. Honorary Surgeon, Nottingham General Hospital; Consultant Surgeon, City Infirmary, Nottingham; Government Medical Reference, Working mans Compensation Act; Member and Ex-President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society; Fellow of the Association of Surgeons, Great Britain. Formerly: Resident Medical Officer and Senior House Surgeon, Nottingham General Hospital.


Medical Directory 1937.


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A farmers son from Metheringham, Lincolnshire, Charles Henry Allen was a medical student at Edinburgh University, where he graduated M.B., Ch.B., in 1900. In the same year he joined the staff of the Nottingham General Hospital as assistant house surgeon, and having obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1906, was appointed to the honorary staff of the hospital in 1907. In his early days Mr. Allen was an active Territorial Army Officer, and at the outbreak of the first world war in 1914 was a captain in the 3rd North Midland Mounted Field Ambulance. He went to Egypt with the brigade in the spring of 1915, but later was detached from the field ambulance to command the Ras-el-Tin military hospital in Cyrenaica. He was three time mentioned in dispatches for his service in the field, twice by Lord Allenby, and was appointed O.B.E. and awarded the Order of the Nile (Fourth Class).


After the war he returned to his work at Nottingham as honorary surgeon at the General Hospital. Later he became senior surgeon and chairman of the medical committee of the hospital. He was for many years consultant surgeon to the Nottingham City Hospital. He was a Fellow of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, and in 1931-2 President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society. Because of the second world war, and at the request of the hospital board he continued his work as a surgeon for four years past the retiring age and he eventually gave up active consultant work in 1946. A member of the British Medical Association for forty-two years, he served as a vice president of the section of Surgery when the Association held its Annual Meeting in 1926. He was also chairman of the Nottingham Division in 1927-8 and president of the Midland Branch in 1933-4.


In an obituary to Mr. Allen, Mr. John Sheehan wrote:- “C.H.,” as Allen was known to all of us at “the General,” had a shrewd clinical sense and was essentially a safe surgeon. Conscientious to a high degree, he did not stint himself in the care he gave to his patients: the more ill the patient, the harder he fought for him. He had an informed mind on many subjects, and since he had a lively sense of humour he could be a most entertaining companion. He spoke little of his own attainments.  He was keenly interested in sport, his chief recreation being hunting, and he especially loved a good horse. For many years he was a prominent member of the Blankney Hunt in Lincolnshire. He was also an enthusiastic, though indifferent, golfer, but was widely read on the game, as he was on all subjects in which he took an interest, and this applied in even greater measure to his chosen profession. He was a staunch friend and will be remembered with affection by his own colleagues and his wide circle of friends.


B.M.J., 31st December, 1955, page 1624.


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