Archive / Papers / Somerset Papers: Box 2


Papers of Major Edward John Somerset, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., M.B., B.S., D.O.M.S., M.S. (Lond.).

Born 12 November 1907. Indian Medical Service, Oct.1938 – Aug.1947.
(Quetta, Shillong, and Medical College Hospital, Calcutta; appointed Professor of Ophthalmology, Medical College, May,1944). After Independence until 1961, when he left India, in private ophthalmic practice in Calcutta. Late Ophthalmic Registrar, King’s College Hospital, London, and Consultant Ophthalmologist, Harrogate General Hospital.

TS Memoir: Reminiscences of an Indian Medical Service Officer from 1939 to 1961. By E.J. Somerset, Major I.M.S. (retd.) N.W.F.P., Shillong, Calcutta. Dated 1979. 309 ff. including index.

A discursive and frank account of colleagues, friends, household management, army social life in Quetta and Shillong and civilian social life in Calcutta and recreations, which include treks to Sikkim and Tibet. While in Quetta observed Sir Henry Holland’s work. Many pages describe his own work. A comprehensive memoir showing his attitudes to British and Indians.