There were many plaques in the Chapel put there over the years to commemorate the lives of individuals that had passed through Netley hospital, sadly none remain. I am trying to locate where they are now but in the meantime, here are some newspaper articles concerning them.
These plaques can be found in the R.A.M.C. museum at Aldershot. Many of them were thought to have been in the Chapel before the demolition of the hospital.
Balfour was born in Edinburgh on 18 March 1813. He was son of John Balfour, a merchant of Leith, and his wife Helen, daughter of Thomas Buchanan of Ardoch. He was great-grandson of James Balfour, professor of moral philosophy at Edinburgh in 1754, and of Robert Whytt, a celebrated medical writer and professor of physiology at Edinburgh. He graduated MD at Edinburgh in 1834; FRS, 1859; Surgeon-General, Honorary Physician to Queen Victoria and compiler of the first four volumes of Statistics of the British Army.
The Statistics of the British Army were reputed to be the most accurate and complete of their sort throughout Europe.
From 1840 to 1848, he served as assistant surgeon in the Grenadier Guards. In 1857 he was appointed secretary to Sidney Herbert's committee on the sanitary state of the army, and in 1859 he became deputy inspector-general in charge of the new statistical branch of the army medical department, a post which he held for fourteen years. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 3 June 1858, and in 1860 a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London.
He along with Dr John Sutherland were secretaries to the Sanitary Section of the International Statistical Congress in 1860, which was attended by Adolphe Quetelet, and to which Florence Nightingale submitted a paper
In 1887 he was appointed honorary physician to the queen. He was placed on half-pay as surgeon-general in 1876, and in his forty years of service had done much to improve the sanitary condition of the forces. He was President of the Royal Statistical Society from 1888 to 1890 shortly after it had changed from the Statistical Society of London. He married in 1856 Georgina, daughter of George Prentice of Armagh, and had one son, Sir Graham Balfour. He died at Coombe Lodge, Wimbledon, on 17 January 1891.
DEATH OF SURGEON-COLONEL C. H. Y.
IT is with sincere regret that we record the death of
Surgeon-Colonel C. H. Y. Godwin, whose decease will be widely deplored throughout the Army Medical Staff, where his eminent scientific attainments were highly appreciated.
The news reached this country by telegram on Saturday last, he having died on the previous day, the 23rd inst., at Rawal
Pindi, where he was principal medical officer of the division.
He had only been in India three months when he was attacked with acute dysentery, which proved fatal in less than a fortnight. The circumstances under which he went to India will be fresh in the minds of our readers. On the resignation by Sir Thomas Longmore of the chair of military surgery at the Army Medical School, Netley, BrigadeSurgeon-Lieutenant-Colonel Godwin, who had acted in the capacity of assistant professor, succeeded Sir Thomas Longmore as professor. He had not long occupied that position when he was promoted to the rank of surgeon-colonel, but in consequence of some difficulty with the Treasury authorities regarding his pay, he was obliged to resign his chair of surgery. Thereupon he was ordered to India, and he had not been two months in that country when he was attacked, as we have said, with acute dysentery, which proved fatal in less than a fortnight.
Captain Hirst is buried in Netley Cemetery.
Francis is buried in Hound Cemetery.
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