|When first acquired it was assumed - based solely on this man's uniform and headdress, that J. Thompson Hague, who
is so named on the reverse of this cabinet photograph, was an officer in the Egyptian Army. A bit of research has
This man's full name was James Thompson Hague who born in Dean Mills, Lancashire, England on 27 December
1856 to Samuel and Annie Hague.
Hague received part of his education at Merchant Taylor's School in London and received his medical training in
London and Edinburgh.
Sometime around 1879 he was appointed Medical Officer to the Sultan of Zanzibar. While holding this post at the
Zanzibar Military Hospital he wrote several widely published medical papers including one dealing with his use of the
calabar bean in the treatment of tetanus which appeared in medical journals in Britain and the United States.
While it might be expected that Hague may have served as a surgeon in the British military prior to receiving his
appointment in Zanzibar I can find no record of him having every served in the British Army or Navy. He seems to
have been one of those British civilians - like Alfred Berry Brewster mentioned elsewhere in this web site - who
accepted commissions to serve foreign governments. Hague served the Sultan until sometime after 1880 before
returning to England.
Hague established a medical practice in London. He apparently never married and died at the age of 45 in 1902.
G. Boucher - Photographer
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