Havelock Charles

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Sir Havelock Charles, Bt
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Sir Havelock Charles in the 1920s
Born10 March 1858
Died27 October 1934 (1934-10-28) (aged 76)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Indian Army
RankMajor General
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India

Major General Sir Richard Henry Havelock Charles, 1st Baronet, GCVO KCSI (10 March 1858 – 27 October 1934) was a noted doctor, and Serjeant Surgeon to King George V.

Early life and medical career[edit]

Charles was born in Cookstown, County Tyrone, the sixth son of David Hughes Charles MD and Annie Elizabeth Allen, and named after Sir Henry Havelock, who had died two months earlier. He was educated at Queen's College, Cork, before joining the Indian Medical Service as a surgeon in April 1882. In the year 1894, he was appointed as a Professor of Anatomy at the Medical College, Calcutta, and surgeon at the College Hospital.[1] On 1 April 1902 he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel,[2] and later attained the rank of major-general. During his tenure as a surgeon in the Medical College, Calcutta, he also served as the staff surgeon to the Prince of Wales (later George V during the latter's tour of India. Following this, Charles was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1906,[3] promoted to Knight Grand Cross (GCVO) in 1912[4] and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India (KCSI) in 1923.[5]

Court appointment[edit]

On his return to India and upon ascension of George V to the throne, Charles was appointed Serjeant Surgeon to King George V from 1910–1928, and was later Honorary Serjeant Surgeon to His Majesty. He was created a Baronet, of The Abbey Grange, Waltham Abbey, in the County of Essex and of Manchester Square in the Parish of St Marylebone in the County of London, on 20 March 1928.[6]


Charles married Gertrude Seton Gordon, and they had two children, Sir Allen Aitcheson Havelock Charles, 2nd Baronet, and Sir Noel Charles, 3rd Baronet.

He died at his home in Manchester Square, London W1, and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.

Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London

He was succeeded as 2nd Baronet by his son, Captain Sir Allen Aitcheson Havelock Charles, who established the Richard Havelock Charles Scholarships and Medals at Queen's University Belfast in his honour.


  1. ^ Hart´s Army list, 1903
  2. ^ "No. 27444". The London Gazette. 20 June 1902. p. 4053.
  3. ^ "No. 27913". The London Gazette. 15 May 1906. p. 3324.
  4. ^ "No. 28580". The London Gazette. 13 February 1912. p. 1048.
  5. ^ "No. 32782". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1923. p. 4.
  6. ^ "No. 33343". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1927. pp. 1–2.