In the Church of St Bartholomew the Less (the chapel for St Bartholomew's Hospital), London.
HIS FORMER MEDICAL CONTEMPORARIES
AT ST BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL HAVE SET UP THIS TABLET
TO KEEP IN MEMORY THE BRIGHT EXAMPLE OF ARTHUR JERMYN LANDON
SURGEON ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT,
WHO WHILE CONTINUING TO DRESS THE WOUNDED
AMID A SHOWER OF BULLETS IN THE ACTION OF MAJUBA HILL
WAS IN TURN MORTALLY WOUNDED.
HIS IMMEDIATE REQUEST TO HIS ASSISTANTS
"I AM DYING DO WHAT YOU CAN FOR THE WOUNDED"
WAS CHARACTERISTIC OF HIS UNSELFISH DISPOSITION.
HIS HABITUAL LIFE WAS EXPRESSED IN THE SIMPLE GRANDEUR OF HIS DEATH
HE WAS BORN AT BRENTWOOD, ESSEX. 29TH JUNE 1851
DIED TWO DAYS AFTER THE ACTION
AT MOUNT PROSPECT, SOUTH AFRICA. 1ST MARCH 1881
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I was looking for information on Arthur Landon and re-found your post, Berenice.
The British Medical Journal in 1895 carried a letter which read ‘I believe I am right in saying that when, on the approach of the Boers], the militant representatives of this country deserted their commander and ran helter-skelter down the hill, Surgeon Landon stood calmly beside Sir George Colley. The latter was shot dead on the spot, and at the same moment a bullet crashed through Landon’s spine, completely paralysing his lower extremities, but leaving him a few hours of life and consciousness. I believe it was one of the enemy, a Boer, who was his last patient and that Landon was so annoyed at the bungling attempts made to inject morphine to sooth the poor Boer’s agony that he exclaimed ‘Here, prop me up, and let me do it.’ He himself speedily succumbed to the effect and before breathing his last said to one of the bystanders ‘Tell those at home that I died doing my duty.’
Dr David Biggins
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