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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 – 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). He served as medical officer with the British mission to the Sultan of Morocco under Sir Kirby Green, K.C.M.G. in 1885 and again in 1890-91.


Charlesworth 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.


Charlesworth’s medal group sold at action for £780 in March 2012.


Cabinet Photograph

S. H. Dagg - Photographer

Mussoorie & Allahabad, India

December 1897

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