World War 1 Adelaide Hospital staff: Col. Sir Constantine Trent Champion de Crespigny

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Sir Trent Champion de Crespigny was born in Victoria, 1882 and graduated from the University of Melbourne. He was associated with the Adelaide Hospital from 1909 and was an Honorary Physician from 1918 to 1938. A remarkable teacher, both in wards and as Lecturer in Medicine, de Crespigny also held the roles of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1929 to 1947 and President of the Royal Australian College of Physicians from 1942 to 1944. He passed away in 1952 at the age of 70.

In 1915 Sir de Crespigny enlisted for the First World War and embarked on board the RMS Mooltan on 20 May 1915, along with Adelaide Hospital surgeon Arthur Murray Cudmore, and Adelaide Hospital staff nurses Lucy Compson Daw, Anne Donnell and Mary Livingstone Reid. He was firstly sent to Lemnos to take command as Colonel of the 1st Australian General Hospital. He saw through the shift of the hospital along with the Australian Army to Rouen, France, when Gallipoli was evacuated. He was mentioned twice in dispatches and he was awarded a Distinguished Service Order in 1917.

The above photograph shows de Crespigny with HM Queen Mary, who visited the 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, France, in 1917.

 

 

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Foundation Day Address – 1988 – Sir Constantine Trent Champion De Crespigny and Pathology Services in South Australia, Bernard Nicholson, Emeritus Medical Superintendent, Royal Adelaide Hospital

 

 

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