Monday, September 16, 2013

Clark, Francis William (1895-1922)

Francis W. Clark

Hong Kong's First Medical Officer of Health.

b. June 23, 1864. MRCS, LRCP (Lond.) 1886; (Cantab.), DPH 1891, MB 1892; MD (Durham) 1900. Trained at St. Bartholomew and Middlesex Hospitals. Lowestaff, Superintendent of the Fever Hospital; Medical Officer of Health. Hong Kong 1895. Hong Kong Government, Hong Kong's first Medical Office of Health 1895; Principal Medical Office of Health 1905-06. HKCMC, Dean 1907-15; Lecturer in Diseases of Tropical Climates 1909-12, Hygiene 1897-1906, Physiology 1896-99. One of the nine teaching staff transferred to the Faculty of Medicine, HKU in 1912 [1]. HKU, Professor of Medical Jurisprudence; Dean, Faculty of Medicine 1912-15; Life Member, University Court 1911; University Senate 1912. Sanitary Board. Acting Colonial Veterinary Surgeon (vice Adam Gibson, MRCVS, absence on leave) March 20, 1907, August 24, 1910. Director, Widows and Orphans' Pension Fund (vice David Wood) April 18, 1907. JP (official) 1896. Secretary-Treasurer General, Far Eastern Association of Tropical Medicine 1912. Legislative Council 1902. Honorary Treasurer, Church Body 1909. Club: Corinthian Yacht Club, commodore; Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club; Hong Kong Club. Left Hong Kong 1922. Consular Medical Officer, Mukden, later Weihaiwei.

[1] HKCMC teaches transferred to the staff of the Faculty of Medicine, HKU in 1912 were: Francis William Clark, Charles Forsyth, Arthur C. Franklin, Gregory Paul Jordan, Frederick Theobald Keyt, Wilfred Vincent Miller Koch, Harold MacFarlane, Oswald Marriott and Wilfred William Pearse.

Selected bibliography: The Hong Kong Government Gazette, April 12, 1907, Appt. #240; April 19, 1907, Appt. #265; April 23, 1909, Notice #251; August 26, 1910, Appt. #263.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this most informative article. Dr. Clark was my Great Grandfather and I am wondering if you can clarify for me some information that I am not clear about. In another article about Dr. Clark (web address copied below, it states that he resided at "KIngsclere "Hong Kong. This appears to have been a hotel, not a house and previously a mansion owned by the Belolis family. Would he have lived there as a permanent home?,_Shanghai,_and_other_Treaty_Ports_of_China.djvu/273

I also know that he was a life long Mason and opened a lodge in Hong Kong, but nothing is said in either article about this history?

He retired in 1922 and returned to England to look after his wife who was dying from Cancer.

rudi butt said...

Thank you for writing. If I am not mistaken, Kingsclere was a private hotel, the equivalent of what we know as service apartments today. Back then, it was not uncommon for people to reside in hotels (especially for single people or couples, less so for families with children). Dr. Clark was the founder of the the University of Hong Kong Lodge #3666 ( I'll update these two posts when I find time... Any information you could share would be indeed helpful.
Best wishes

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