Henry Cayley CMG FRCS was born on 20 December 1834 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and baptised at St Michael's, Stamford on 22 January 1835. He studied at King's College, London, and was appointed an assistant surgeon in the British Army in India in 1857. On 10 July 1862 he married Letitia Walter's at St Michael's, Stamford, Lincolnshire. He went on to have a distinguished career in India, rising to be Deputy Surgeon-General in the Bengal Army after a few years as Professor of Military Medicine at the Army Medical School at Netley, Hampshire. He took part in diplomatic and exploratory missions, during one of which there were reports that he had been assassinated. By 1900 he had retired from the army but he came out of retirement during the Second Boer War to take charge of the Scottish National Hospital in South Africa: during his time there he suffered serious injuries as a result of a fall from his horse. Back in England, he was appointed honorary surgeon to King Edward VII. He spent his last years in Weybridge, Surrey, dying there on 19 March 1904.
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