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Douglas Stoker Brownlie Thomson

B. 29 April 1879 at Dublin, Ireland

D. 30 August 1939 at Etretat, Normandy, France


Major D. S. B. Thomson, Royal Army Medical Corps and Sudan Political Service, served under his father Sir William Thomson, with the Irish Hospital in South Africa. He accompanied his father and uncle George Stoker to South Africa as a Dresser with the Irish Hospital. He was one of four Dressers with the hospital, all of whom were then medical students, returning to Dublin from Pretoria in 1900. He qualified in Dublin, M.B. D.P.H. 1904, and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in January 1904.

In 1905 he joined the Egyptian Army, and served as medical officer on a commission in the Sudan investigating the kala-azar disease, a parasitic disease caused by the Leishmania parasite found in sand flies. In 1910 he left the Sudan medical department and became a junior inspector in the political service. “Thomson Bey” was commissioner at Port Sudan from 1928 until his retirement in 1932. 

Douglas Stoker died in 1939, in Étretat, Normandy - perhaps visiting his sister Gladys and her husband Murray Hornibrook who were living there.  At the time, Stoker’s residence was on record as Southover, Colgate-in-Horsham, Sussex, England.

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Image reproduced by permission of Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections- SADA48/11 Durham University Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN England


Members of the Lake Tsana mission at Achera. 1916

Standing from left to right: P. Zaphiro, British Vice Consul, Addis Ababa; C. Prowde,

British member; Gerazmatch Kasso, Abyssinian member.

Sitting, from left to right: Atto. Tekla Hawariat, Abyssinian member,

D. S. B. Thomson, British member; Likwamakas Abagaz, Abyssinian member;

Major H. D. Pearson, British member; Fitaurari  Melki, Abyssinian member;

Atto. Tasfi, Abyssinian member.

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