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Major Robert Carlyle Carlyle MB ChB (Ed 1911)
22 Sep 1887 [Langholm Dumfries] – 27 Nov 1924 [Egypt]


Major Robert Carlyle Carlyle came from Laugholm, Dumfriershire, where he lived with his parents and sisters. He was educated first at the Laugholm Academy, then at Ripon Grammar School, and the University of Edinburgh where he graduated MB ChB in 1911. He played rugby for Laugholm, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh Wanderers and for the South of Scotland.

Dr R C Carlyle was commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps on 26 July 1912. He saw service during the Great War, first at Malta and later in Gallipoli. His ship on its way to Egypt was torpedoed.

In February 1917, he received the Serbian Order of the White Eagle 5th Class with swords from the king of Serbia. He was seconded for service in the Egyptian Army on 10 February 1917. He was killed in action together with his Orderly Sergeant during the mutiny of Sudanese troops in Khartoum on the evening of 27 November 1924.

He was buried in the English Cemetery Khartoum. His memorial at St Andrew's Church, Langton, Yorkshire reads:

In proud and loving memory of Robert Carlyle Carlyle Major RAMC attached Egyptian Army killed in action at Khartoum 27 November 1924, aged 37 years.

Service Record — Robert Carlyle Carlyle

26 July 1912 Appointed Lieutenant RAMC on probation. Confirmed in rank in December 1912.

Dec 1912 Posted for duty in the London District.

Dec 1913 Change of Station from London to Caterham.

Feb 1914 Change of Station from Caterham to Malta.

Malta 14 Feb 1914 Arrived at Malta.

4 Aug 1914 On the declaration of war, mobilised at Malta with A Section Field Ambulance to Attard Camp. The camp also had L Troop under medical charge of Captain Andrew Rae Wright RAMC.

Malta 30 Mar 1915 Promoted Captain RAMC. On duty at Mtarfa and Forrest Hospitals.

1915–1916 Served in Gallipoli.

Malta 1916 Returned to Malta.

Malta 9 Feb 1917 Left for Egypt on secondment to the Egyptian Army.

15 Feb 1917 Awarded the Serbian Order of the White Eagle 5th Class with swords by the King of Serbia.

26 July 1924 Provisionally promoted to Major RAMC.

27 Nov 1924 Killed in action by the mutineers of the 11th Sudanese Regiment during the attack on the military hospital near the Sindar's Palace, at Khartoum. Mutiny followed the murder of Sir Lee Stack the Governor General in Cairo. In the course of the attack, Major Carlyle was the senior medical officer in charge with two Syrian doctors who were also killed.


  • Entry No: 829. Drew R. 1968. Commissioned Officers in the Medical Services of the British Army 1690–1960. Vol. II. Roll of Officers in the Royal Army Medical Corps 1898–1960, London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
  • Succession Books Vol XXIV, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
  • Deaths in the Services. Br Med J (1924); 2:1220 (Published 27 December 1924).