Henry Howarth Bashford

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Sir Henry Howarth Bashford
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Sir Henry Howarth Bashford
Born(1880-01-13)13 January 1880
Kensington, London, England
Died15 August 1961(1961-08-15) (aged 81)
Easton Royal, Wiltshire, England
NationalityUnited Kingdom
EducationBedford Modern School
Alma materUniversity of London
Known forHonorary Physician to George VI (1941-44); Author

Sir Henry Howarth Bashford FRCP (13 January 1880 – 15 August 1961) was a distinguished English physician, becoming Honorary Physician to King George VI.[1][2] He was also an author, most notably of satirical novels.[3]

Early life[edit]

Bashford was born in Kensington, London on 13 January 1880 the son of Frederick Bashford and Henrietta Eleanor, daughter of the Rev. Henry Howarth, Rector of St George's, Hanover Square and Chaplain in Ordinary to Queen Victoria. On his paternal side, his grandfather Lt. J. Bashford (later Captain), Royal Navy, was mentioned in the official list of the wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar in which he took part on board HMS Royal Sovereign.[1]

Bashford was educated at Bedford Modern School, the University of London and the London Hospital.[4]


Bashford was Chief Medical Officer to the Post Office (1933–43) and subsequently Treasury Medical Adviser (1943–45). He was Honorary Physician to King George VI (1941–44)[4] and was the late Honorary President of the Post Office Ambulance Centre, St. John Ambulance Association.[4] He was honoured by a knighthood of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.[1]


Bashford is now remembered as a writer, in particular of the satirical Augustus Carp, Esq., By Himself: Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man (1924), which was first published anonymously.[5] He also wrote some popular poetry.

Family life[edit]

In 1908 Bashford married Margaret Eveline, daughter of Ernest Sutton of Basildon, Berkshire. They had one son and three daughters. Bashford died in Easton Royal on 15 August 1961.

Sir Henry is celebrated by a blue plaque in the village of Easton Royal, his last resting place, where he was the much loved village historian and benefactor.[6]

The National Portrait Gallery has a photographic bromide print portrait of Sir Henry.[7]


  • Tommy Wideawake (1903)
  • The Manitoban: A Romance (1904)
  • The Pilgims' March (1909)
  • The corner of Harley Street: being some familiar correspondence of Peter Harding, M.D. (1911)
  • Vagabonds In Périgord (1914)
  • Pity the poor blind (1917)
  • Sons Of Admiralty: A Short History Of The Naval War 1914-1918 with Archibald Hurd (1919)
  • The Heroic Record of the British Navy with A. Hurd(1920)
  • Half-Past Bedtime (1922)
  • Augustus Carp, Esq., By Himself: Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man (1924)
  • The Happy Ghost and Other Stories (1925)
  • Behind The Fog (1927)
  • The Harley Street Calendar (1929)
  • The Student Life And Other Essays (Intro to work by William Ostler) (1931)
  • The Man On Ben Na Garve [Short story in The Second Century Of Detective Stories Ed EC Bentley] (1938)
  • Doctors In Shirt Sleeves (1940)
  • Fisherman's Progress (1946)
  • Wiltshire Harvest (1953)
  • Easton Royal: A Short History[8]
  • Lodgings For Twelve
  • The Plain Girl's Tale
  • Songs Out Of School

He also wrote as Peter Harding.


  1. ^ a b c "Munks Roll Details for Henry Howarth (Sir) Bashford". rcplondon.ac.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  2. ^ "OBITUARY -- Medvei 19 (1): 78 -- Occupational and Environmental Medicine". bmj.com. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Results for 'au:Bashford, H. H.' [WorldCat.org]". worldcat.org. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Who Was Who, Published by A&C Black Limited, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920-2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014; online edn, April 2014
  5. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Radio 4 Christmas highlights Monday 20 December". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Tribute to royal doctor from Easton Royal". The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  7. ^ "National Portrait Gallery - Large Image - NPG x163938; Sir Henry Howarth Bashford". npg.org.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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