Baronet’s Badge, hallmarked 22ct Gold, London 1929, engraved, ‘Charles of The Abbey Grange 1928’. in later fitted Royal Mint case.
Commissioned and made for the new Baronetcy of Major General Sir Richard Henry Havelock Charles, GCVO, KCSI, 10th March 1858 – 27th October 1934, who was a noted Doctor and served as Serjeant Surgeon to King George V from 1910-1928.
It would be a short live Barontcy, after his death in 1934 his son Sir Allen Aitchison Havelock Charles took over the Baronetcy, but died only 2 years later. It was then passed to his younger brother in 1936, Sir Noel Hughes Havelock Charles KCMG MC, who died in 1975, at which time the Baronetcy became extinct.
MAJOR-GENERAL SIR RICHARD HAVELOCK CHARLES, G.C.V.O., K.C.S.I., F.R.C.S.I., I.M.S. 1858–1934. . The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine has recently lost its senior surviving President through the death at the age of 76 of Major-General Sir HAVELOCK CHARLES, who had outlived his six successors in the presidential chair, which he occupied from 1913 to 1915.
He was educated at Queen’s College, Cork, of which he was a Gold Medallist, and passed first into the I.M.S. in 1882, when the competition was most keen, and was very soon after appointed to the Afghan Boundary Commission, and at an early age was made Professor of Anatomy and Surgeon to the Lahore Medical College.
Here he reorganised the whole anatomical department and made it the foremost in India, with the result that he was promoted to the Professorship of Anatomy and Surgeon to the premier medical college of India at Calcutta where he served for the rest of his time in India, becoming in due course Professor of Surgery and First Surgeon to the Medical College Hospital.
In both these posts he proved an efficient teacher and surgeon and improved the operation for elephantiasis of the scrotum and also obtained comparatively good results with the now obsolete open operation for liver abscess, through personal attention to antiseptic pre- cautions.
While in Lahore he published important researches on the differences between the skeletons of Europeans and Indians which has proved to be of medico-legal value.
In 1906 he was appointed to attend the PRINCE and PRINCESS of Wales during their tour in India, as his distinguished predecessor in the Calcutta chair of surgery, Sir JOSEPH FAYRER had been; and he had also the similar experience of becoming President of the Medical Board at the India Office after retirement from active service, and later occupied the new post of Medical Adviser to the Indian Office, which enabled him to do much for the Indian Medical Service, through his great influence with Mr. MONTAGUE during the critical years of political changes in India.
He accompanied the present KING and QUEEN on the visit to India in 1911-12, and was promoted to the G.C.V.O. for his services on that occasion, and was made a Baronet shortly after his retirement from the India Office. He also had the great honour of becoming Serjeant-Surgeon to the King in 1910.
Sir HAVELOCK had a forceful personality, was an able and witty speaker and a good friend to all who were fortunate enough to gain his confidence, and he made an excellent president of our Society. He lost his wife, to whom he was devoted, several years ago ; and his health had been failing for some time before he passed quietly to his rest on October 27th, 1934, full of years and honours.”