|Surgeon Henry Charlesworth (later Lieutenant -Colonel) of the Army Medical Service here shown with the rank of
captain. He also wears the ribbon for the 1878-80 Afghanistan Medal.
Henry Charlesworth was born on 6 July 1851 at Heath House, Longnor, Staffordshire the son of Moses and
Hannah Charlesworth. He attended Ockbrook School in Derby. He received his commission as surgeon in the
Army Medical Service on 31 March 1875.
Surgeon-Major - 31 March 1887
Recruiting and Embarking Medical Officer (Portsmouth) - 1889
Surgeon-Lieutenant-Colonel - 31 March 1895
Brigade-Surgeon-Lieutenant-Colonel - 29 May 1898
Companion of the Order of St. Michael & St. George (C.M.G.) - 1902
Retires on retired pay - 4 October 1902
Brevet Colonel - 8 August 1917
Order of St. John of Jerusalem - 1917
He served in the Afghan War with the Khyber Line Force, (Afghanistan Medal, no clasps). Returning from
Afghanistan onboard HMS Crocodile in 1881 one of his shipboard companions was Neville F. F. Chamberlain who
would later be credited with the invention of the game Snooker. He accompanied as medical officer the British
mission to the Sultan of Morocco under Sir Kirby Green, K.C.M.G. in 1885 and again in 1890-91.
He was created a Companion of the Order of St. Michael & St. George c. 1902. Also in 1902 he was amongst the
members of the Royal Army Medical Corps presented with the Edward VII Coronation Medal.
In 1917 he received the Oder of St. John of Jerusalem for service in World War One during which (according to his
obituary in The Times, 9 June 1926) "he held important appointments on the north-east coast and received thanks
of the Army Council".
He married Lillian Armstrong of York in 1890. They had no children and she died in 1897. He married Constance
Katherine Bennett in 1921. Colonel Henry Charlesworth, C.M.G., R.A.M.C., died in June 1926.
S. H. Dagg - Photographer
Mussoorie & Allahabad, India