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Archer, John, 1871-1954, Captain

  • KCL-AF0018
  • Person
  • 1871-1954

John Archer, often known as Jack, was born 1871; enlisted with Rifle Brigade, 1889; joined 2 Battalion, Rifle Brigade; stationed in Ireland, 1890-1895; Sergeant, 1894; appointed Armourer Sergeant, Mounted Infantry, 1896; posted to Mashonaland, 1896-97; returned to 2 Battalion, Rifle Brigade and posted to Malta, Egypt, the Sudan and Crete, 1897-1899; fought in the Battle of Omdurman, 1898; Colour Sergeant, 1899; fought in the Second Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902, including Siege of Ladysmith; posted to Egypt, the Sudan and India, 1902-1908; appointed Regimental Sergeant Major, 1 Battalion, King's African Rifles, 1908; posted to Nyasaland (Malawi) and Somaliland, 1908-1914; Sergeant Major, A Company, 1 Battalion Rifle Brigade, British Expeditionary Force, 1914; wounded and captured at Battle of Cambrai, Aug 1914; POW, Merseburg Camp, Germany and Scheveningen Camp, Holland, 1914-1918; retired from Army, 1919; worked for the prison service, Nyasaland (Malawi), 1919-1939; commissioned as 2 Lieutenant, East African Army Service Corps, 1939; worked in training and recruitment; retired with rank of Honorary Captain, 1947; died 1954.

Arnold, Sir Edwin, 1832-1904, Knight, journalist and author

  • KCL-AF1010
  • Person
  • 1832-1904

Born 1832 in Gravesend; educated at King's School, Rochester and at King's College London where he was a student of the General Literature and Science course,1850; University College, Oxford, 1851-1854; BA, 1854; MA, 1856; Scholar and Newdigate Prizeman, 1852; wrote Poems, narrative and lyrical (Francis Macpherson, Oxford, 1853); Second English Master at King Edward's School, Birmingham, 1854-1856; Principal of Government Deccan College, Poona, Bombay, 1856-1861; studied Eastern and Oriental languages and at this time was author of a number of translations and histories including The Marquis of Dalhousie's administration of British India 2 vols (Saunders, Otley and Co., London, 1862); returned to England, 1861 and became leader-writer on The Daily Telegraph and chief editor, 1873; made CSI, 1877; his Eastern education inspired his popular epic poem, The light of Asia (Trübner and Co., London, 1879), which achieved notoriety in England and America; made KICE, 1888; became Travelling commissioner for the Telegraph , 1888, visited Japan and the Pacific coast, 1889, resulting in a series of publications including Wandering words (Longmans and Co., London, 1894), and East and West (Longmans and Co, London, 1896); visited America on a reading tour, 1891; died 1904.

Arnott, Lewis, 1898-1971, soldier

  • KCL-AF0020
  • Person
  • 1898-1971

Enlisted, Apr 1917; served with Royal Garrison Artillery, North West Frontier, India, 1917-1919; awarded Indian General Service Medal with clasp, ‘Afghan 1919’.

Ash, Walter William Hector, 1906-1998, Rear Admiral

  • KCL-AF0021
  • Person
  • 1906-1998

Born 1906; educated at City and Guilds College, London and the Royal Naval College, Greenwich; Assistant Electrical Engineer (Civil Officer), Electrical Engineering Department, Admiralty (Submarine design), 1932-1937; Visiting Lecturer in electrical machinery design, Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1934-1937; Electrical Engineer (Civil Officer), Electrical Engineering Department, Admiralty (Battleship design), 1937-1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Fleet Electrical Engineer, Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean, 1939-1940; Superintending Electrical Engineer, Admiralty (Supply and Production), 1940-1945; Superintending Electrical Engineer, HM Dockyard, Hong Kong, 1945-1948; Superintending Electrical Engineer, Admiralty Engineering Laboratory, West Drayton, Middlesex, 1948-1949; Cdr, HMS MONTCLARE, 1950-1951; Capt (Electrical), RN, 1951; Admiralty (Weapon Control Design), 1951-1953; served in Electrical Engineering Department, Admiralty, 1953-1954; Electrical Engineering Manager, HM Dockyard, Devonport, 1954-1958; Chairman, South Western Sub-Centre, Institute of Electrical Engineers, 1957-1958; Aide de Camp to HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1958-1960; Ship Design Department, Admiralty, 1959-1960; R Adm, 1960; Deputy Director of Electrical Engineering Division, Ship Department, Admiralty, 1960-1963; awarded CB, 1962; retired 1963; Fellow, Institution of Electrical Engineers; died 1998.

Ashton, William Proctor Bell, 1897-1981, Brigadier

  • KCL-AF0022
  • Person
  • 1897-1981

Born in 1897; 2nd Lt, 1918; served in France and Belgium, Aug-Oct 1918; entered Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 1923; Capt, 1929; Maj, 1935; Deputy Assistant Director of Ordnance Services, 1938-1940; Lt Col, 1940; Deputy Director of Ordnance Services (Engineering), Malaya Command, 1941-1942; Col, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, 1943; Assistant Director of Mechanical Engineering in the War Office, 1946-1947; Brig, 1948; died in 1981.

Ashwell, Samuel, 1798-1857, physician

  • KCL-AF0743
  • Person
  • 1798-1857

Samuel Ashwell was Assistant to James Blundell, Lecturer in Midwifery at Guy's Hospital Medical School from 1825 to 1834 (and previously at the School of the United Hospitals). Ashwell was appointed Lecturer on Midwifery at Guy's Hospital in 1834 on Blundell's resignation, and was probably responsible for arrangements of the new Lying-in Charity to attend child birhs in the vicinity. He was also responsible for the hospital wards for diseases for women, established in 1831. He resigned the lectureship in 1849. Publications include: A Practical Treatise on Parturition ... To which are appended, two papers ... on abdominal surgery, the other on transfusion; presented by Dr. Blundell (Thomas Tegg, London, 1828); A Practical Treatise on the Diseases peculiar to Women, etc (Samuel Highley, London, 1844).

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