Surgeon General The Hon. Sir Charles Pardey Lukis, K.C.S.I., V.D. was the Director General of the Indian Medical Service and a member of the Viceroy’s Legislative Council, India. He was a Knight of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.
In 1821, 8 year old Charles was living with his parents, William and Caroline Lukis, and his grandmother Caroline Pardey at 5 Bedford Terrace Southampton. His father was the publisher of the Southampton Times. Charles studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and passed his primary examinations in anatomy and physiology on 3rd April 1878. He then spent time in India where he served in the Waziri Expedition in 1881 and the Zhob Expedition in 1884, the latter being an area practically unknown to Europeans.
Dr Melvyn H Brook has researched Charles’ life in India and the information that follows is taken from his studies.
“In 1890 Charles became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS). He entered the Bengal Army the same year and spent the rest of his professional career in India. In 1910 he was appointed Director-General of the Indian Medical Service with the rank of Surgeon General.
He was promoted to Lieutenant-General in 1916. Amongst Lukis’ appointments were Hon. Surgeon to the Viceroy in 1905, Professor of Medicine and Principal of the Calcutta Medical College, and Hon. Surgeon to the King in 1913. He was the author of a number of books on tropical medicine and the first editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Research.
Charles Lukis died in India on 22 October 1917 leaving his widow (a daughter of Colonel John Stewart, R.A.,) a son (elder brother of Theodore) and three daughters”. Theodore was Captain Theodore Stewart Lukis who died aged 29 years serving with the 13th Kensington Battalion of the London Regiment.
Dr Melvyn Brooke’s article on Sir Charles Pardey Lukis and his son Theodore can be accessed on the following website and we thank him for giving permission to quote it here.
Sir Charles Pardey Lukis is also commemorated on the WW1 Memorial at Highfield Church, Southampton. Information can be accessed on the Highfield Local History website.