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Cowell, Major-General Sir Ernest Marshall (1886-1971)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/116
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Cowell, Major-General Sir Ernest Marshall (1886-1971)
Date(s): 1916-1919
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Cowell | Sir | Ernest Marshall | 1886-1971 | Knight | Major-General
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Ernest Marshall Cowell, KBE, CB, DSO, MD, FRCS (1886-1971) took his MD at London University in 1909 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1911. From 1914 to 1918 he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. In 1922 he became surgeon at Croydon General Infirmary and continued to practise in Croydon for the remainder of his career (becoming surgeon of the Mayday Hospital in 1938) with the exception of war service 1939-1946. During the Second World War he once again served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was Director of Medical Services for the Allied Forces in North Africa during 1942-1944. A biography of Cowell can be found in Lives of the fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1965-1973 by Sir James Paterson Ross and W.R. LeFanu (a continuation of 'Plarr's Lives').


Scope and content/abstract:

Material and relating to the First World War work of Major-General Sir Ernest Cowell, 1916-1919: notes, photographs and reprints regarding Thomas's splint, wound-shock and gas-gangrene.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As set out above in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Open. The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Wellcome Library online catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This small collection of material received from Sir Ernest Cowell, relating to his First World War work, was discovered in the Secretary's office of the then Wellcome Institute in 1982 and added to the Library's archive holdings. It would appear to have been sent by Sir Ernest to the Institute in 1969 in connection with its exhibition on 'Medicine and Surgery in the Great War'.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled from Wellcome Library online catalogue by Barbara Ball.

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:
September 2008

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