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Royal College of Surgeons of England

Bond, Charles John (1856-1939)


Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0173

Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England

Title: Bond, Charles John (1856-1939)

Date(s): 1883-1939

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Bond | Charles John | 1856-1939 | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

Charles John Bond was born in Bittersby, Leicestershire, in 1856. He was educated at Repton from 1871-1973, was engaged in farming for a few months, and entered the Leicester Infirmary as a pupil in 1875. He went to University College London, in 1875, where he won the gold medals in physiology and anatomy, the silver medals in surgery, midwifery, and forensic medicine, and was an assistant demonstrator of anatomy. He was house surgeon from Bedford General Infirmary from 1879, until he was appointed resident house surgeon at the Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1882. Here he was surgeon from 1886-1912, when he resigned and was appointed consulting surgeon and vice-president. He acted as chairman of the drug and medical stores committee of the infirmary from 1925-1932. He retired from private practice in 1912 but retained his hospital appointment. During World War One he was gazetted temporary honorary colonel in 1915, was appointed consulting surgeon to the military hospital in the Northern command, and was the representative of the Medical Research Council on the inter-allied committee on the treatment of war wounds. The meetings of the committee were held at Paris from 1916-1918. After the War he served on Leicester city council for two years; was a member of the Leicester health insurance committee from 1918-1920; and on the advisory council of the National Insurance Committee; and was president of the Literary and Philosophical Society in 1901 and again in 1935. For his civic work he was rewarded in 1925 with the freedom of the city of Leicester, and in 1924 he became a Fellow of University College. In 1928 he gave the Calton memorial lecture on 'Racial Decay'. His friendship with Charles Killick Millard, MD Ed, medical officer of health for Leicester, led him to take an active part in launching the Voluntary Euthanasia Legalisation Society. For eight years he was a member of the Industrial Fatigue Research Board; of the Departmental Commissions on cancer and blindness; and the Trevithin committee on the prevention of venereal disease. He died in 1939.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Charles John Bond, 1883-1939, comprising correspondence with various people, including Lord Joseph Lister, Victor Horsely, Sir Wilfred Grenfell, Stephen Paget, Frank Penrose, Dr Theodore Woods (Bishop of Peterborough), Sir Arthur Keith, Lord Moynihan, Dr William Mayo, Sir Thomas Barlow, Wilfred Trotter, Sir Oliver Lodge, Dr F Gowland Hopkins, Professor G Grey-Turner, Walter Fletcher, Sir Robert Jones, and Dr Whittingham (Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich), 1883-1939; papers on medical subjects and scientific experiments; notes on topics including immortality, youth and age, and the mind; biographical information; poetry; and a grace.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The papers have been arranged into two groups of correspondence and other papers.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Additional manuscripts catalogue.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The provenance of this material is not known.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: The Lives of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Volume 3, page 94.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2008

Biographies | Prose | Literary forms and genres | Literature
Experiments | Research work
Immortality | Religious belief | Theology
Letter writing | Writing | Communication skills | Communication process
Poetry | Literary forms and genres | Literature
Surgery | Medical sciences
Correspondence x Letter writing

Personal names
Barlow | Sir | Thomas | 1845-1945 | 1st Baronet | physician
Bond | Charles John | 1856-1939 | surgeon
Fletcher | Sir | Walter Morley | 1873-1933 | Knight | physiologist
Grenfell | Sir | Wilfred Thomason | 1865-1940 | Knight | medical missionary and author
Hopkins | Sir | Frederick Gowland | 1861-1947 | Knight | biochemist
Horsley | Sir | Victor Alexander Haden | 1857-1916 | Knight | physiologist and surgeon
Jones | Sir | Robert | 1858-1933 | Knight | surgeon
Keith | Sir | Arthur | 1866-1955 | Knight | anatomist
Lister | Joseph | 1827-1912 | 1st Baron Lister | surgeon x Lister | 1st Baron
Lodge | Sir | Oliver Joseph | 1851-1940 | Knight | physicist
Mayo | William James | 1861-1939 | surgeon
Moynihan | Berkeley George Andrew | 1865-1936 | 1st Baron | surgeon
Paget | Stephen | 1855-1926 | surgeon and biographer
Trotter | Wilfred Batten Lewis | 1872-1939 | surgeon and physiologist
Turner | George Grey | 1877-1951 | surgeon x Grey Turner | George

Corporate names