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EDWARDS , Sir WILLIAM RICE ( 1862 - 1923 ), surgeon, director-general, Indian Medical Service ;

b. at Caerleon, Mon. , 17 May 1862 , son of canon H. Powell Edwards . Educated at Magdalen College School , Oxford , Clifton College , and the London Hospital , he obtained his M.D. and entered the Indian Medical Service as surgeon in 1886 , first in Bengal , and then, in 1890 , he was appointed personal surgeon to Sir Frederick (afterwards lord ) Roberts , a post which he held for four years. When Roberts left India , Edwards joined the political department . When Roberts took command in South Africa , at the end of 1899 , Edwards was again appointed to his personal staff and served through the South African war , 1899-1900 . On his return to India he was appointed residency surgeon in Kashmir , nine years later he became chief medical officer of the North West Frontier Province , and in 1915 he became surgeon-general of Bengal . In Jan. 1918 he was appointed director-general of the Indian Medical Service , retiring from that post in 1923 . It was Edwards 's trying task, following the famous Montagu report on Indian constitutional reforms , to transfer the government and administration of public health and medicine in India into the hands of the Indians , and to ensure that the transition worked smoothly. As director-general he was also a member of the Council of State for India . As a member of the Council of State , as a soldier , and as a medical man , he was held in high esteem. He was a careful and efficient administrator . He was twice m. He d. 13 Oct. 1923 .

Sources:

  • British Medical Journal , 20 Oct. 1923 .

Author:

Idwal Lewis, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959