Victoria Crosses awarded for actions on 9 October 1917
October 8, 2017
Bombardier ALBERT MILTON – died 11 October 1917
October 11, 2017

Lieutenant Colonel ALEXANDER WARD FORTESCUE SAYRES

Aged                     50

Unit                       2nd/1st Wessex Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

Awards                 MiD

Buried at              ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

 

Lieut-Colonel Alexander Ward Fortescue Sayres, R.A.M.C. (T.F.), of Hartley, Plymouth, died of wounds received on 17 July. He was born in 1867, the youngest son of the Rev. Edward Sayres, rector of Cold Ashton, near Bath, and was educated at Sherborne and at St. Thomas’s Hospital, taking the diplomas of M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. Lond. in 1890, the degree of M.D.Brux. in 1896, and the D.P.H. of the London Colleges in 1902.

After acting as clinical assistant in the ear department at St. Thomas’s, as resident clinical assistant in the ear department at St. Thomas’s, as resident clinical assistant at Bethlem Royal Hospital, and as assistant house-surgeon of the South Devon and East Cornwall Hospital at Plymouth, he practiced successively at Wincanton, at Woodford, Essex, and at Exeter, finally becoming tuberculosis officer for Stonehouse district under the Devon County Council.

For many years he had held a commission in the 1st Wessex (Exeter) Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. (T.F.), in which he attained the rank of major on 22 March 1912.

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