Dr de Chaumont lived for the latter part of his life at Woolston Lawn, where he died, aged 55 years, on 18 April 1888. He was of French extraction on his father’s side and was born in Edinburgh. After attending Edinburgh University he entered the medical service of the army, serving in the Rifle Brigade in the Crimea. On the removal of the Army Medical School from Chatham to Netley, Dr de Chaumont was appointed assistant professor of military hygiene. He did an immense amount of extra work for the government in the way of analysis, reporting on hospitals and barracks and contributing to scientific journals on health questions. He was in addition appointed to give instruction to young officers of the Royal Engineers at the School of Military Engineering at Chatham in military hygiene. Dr de Chaumont was appointed professor of military science at Netley on the death of Professor Parkes and was later elected a fellow of the Royal Society. Away from the medical world, Dr de Chaumont was the first president of the Hampshire Field Club, chairing the Field Club meeting in 1885 that directed a committee to prepare a set of rules delineating the organization and aims of the new society, and spoke at the British Association meetings in Southampton in 1882. He was for many years president of the Southampton Literary and Philosophical Society and a member of the Council of the Hartley Institution. His funeral was at the cemetery of St Mary Extra.

Entry taken largely from an obituary by Dr W C Maclean in Papers and Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club, no.2, 1888, pages 15-18


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