Charles Ernest Sundell

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Dr Charles Ernest Sundell (22 August 1883 - 10 November 1964) was an eminent physician and founder member of the Guernsey Society.

Early Years

Charles Sundell was born in Forest Gate, Essex on 22 August 1883, the son of Carl Sundell and Helena Augusta Thoume Ely. He attended Elizabeth College between 1897 and 1900[1].


On leaving school, he studied medicine at London Hospital from 1901, and qualified as an MD in 1910, and became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1911. In 1912, he was appointed Medical Registrar at the Seamen’s Hospital, Greenwich.

During World War I, he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1915, and then became Medical Officer in the 7th Bn. Queen’s (18th Division). He was Officer in charge, Medical Division for the 3rd General and 2nd Stationary Hospitals, 1916-19. Demobilised with rank of Major, 1919, he was awarded the Victory Medal, 1914-15 Star and was Mentioned in Despatches.

After the war, as a Consulting Physician, he served as:- Senior Physician at the Seamen’s Hospital, Greenwich; Visiting Physician, King Edward’s Sanatorium for Sailors; Consulting Physician to Evelina Hospital; Physician in Charge, Children’s Department, Prince of Wales Hospital, Tottenham.

He was also Vice-President, Chelsea Clinical Society; Councillor, Medical Society of London; Fellow Royal Society of Medicine.

In 1929, he published a book on Rheumatism. He also published numerous other articles in medical journals.

Family Life

He married Gladys Elizabeth Bolwell in 1917, they had one son and one daughter, and they lived 70 Gerard Road, Barnes.

He died on 10 November 1964, aged 82 years[2]


  1. Drake-Brockman, Br-Gen DH, Elizabeth College Register, Vol II, Guernsey 1931
  2. The Times, 11 November 1964
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