Saturday, September 21, 2013

Esler, Alexander Rentoul (1921-1924)

updated December 13, 2013.

MRCS (Eng.) 1913; DPH. RAMC, Temporary Lieutenant August 13, 1914; Temporary Captain September 11, 1915, and April 13, 1919. Colonial Medical Services, Hong Kong 1921-24; Kenya 1924-38, Medical Officer of Health, Meru 1929. England net.1938. Private practitioner, Buckinghamshire 1941. Resided in Peckham (or Beckham) 1913.

HONG KONG nlt.1921. Medical Officer (on probation) January 24, 1921. Assistant Health Officer of the Port February 1, 1921. Medical Officer In-Charge, Victoria Gaol March 1, 1922. Medical Officer In-Charge, Infectious Diseases Hospital, Kennedy Town 1923. Left Hong Kong 1924.

s/o Robert Esler (b.1836, co. Antrim, Ireland – d. July 23, 1919, Herne Bay, Kent, England. Parliamentary Bills Committee, British Medical Association 1899. m1.[s.n.]. m2: Erminda Rentoul [1] 1883) and Rentoul. Siblings: 1. Alfred Esler (by a former marriage of Robert Esler; private practitioner, Australia 1919); 2. Maberly Squire Esler (MRCS (Eng.) 1912; ex RAMC Captain; succeeded Robert Esler's practice and the position of Surgeon, London Metropolitan Police Force 1919).

[1] Erminda Rentoul Esler, b.1852, Manorcunningham, co. Donegal, Ireland - d.1924, was the daughter of the Rev. Alexander Buchan Rentoul and Erminda Chittick, and was educated at Nimes (France), at Berlin, and at Queens University, Belfast. In 1879, she graduated from the Royal University of Ireland. Published as E. Rentoul Esler, she was a famous novelist and short story writer.

Selected bibliography: The British Medical Journal, April 22, 1899, p.996; September 11, 1915, p.123; August 13, 1919, p.258, Obituary. Crozier, Anna, Practicing Colonial Medicine: The Colonial Medical Service in British East Africa, London: I.B. Tauris & Co., Ltd., 2007. An Electronic Version of A Guide to Irish Fiction 1650-1900 [internet]. Hong Kong Government, Medical Report for the Year 1921 through 1924. The Hong Kong Government Gazette, February 11, 1921, #57. The London Gazette, August 18, 1914, p.6498. My Family Tree [internet]. Supplement to the London Gazette, June 27, 1919, p.8174. Supplement of the British Medical Journal, March 16, 1929, p.1258; September 6, 1941, p.41.

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