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Harry Andrews

’Harry’ Henry John Andrews [b.1873 d.1919]

'Harry' Andrews

The History of the Salvation Army vol. 3, Ch.28, p.166, says that Lt Colonel (Dr) Henry J Andrews was brought up in The Salvation Army Nursery at Clapton when the then Miss Emma Booth was the Principal of the Officers’ Training Home. As a youth of fifteen he accompanied her when upon her marriage she went with her husband, Commissioner Booth-Tucker, to India.

Harry became the Salvation Army’s first ‘medical man’ in India, serving almost 30 years there. His work started as an amateur at the age of 17. This was during the1893 cholera outbreak in Travancore. He began in the bathroom of the headquarters in Nagercoil. He received training as a dresser in England in 1896, returning to India to assist Dr. Percy Turner in the establishment of the Catherine Booth Hospital, where the door of the headquarters bathroom is preserved. He was transferred to Anand in Gujarat where he assisted in the establishment of the Emery Hospital. Later he underwent medical training in the USA, returning to India in 1912, serving in Moradabad.

He died heroically, whilst a medical officer attached to the Indian Army on the North-West Frontier in 1919. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Dr. Harry Andrews

See also : further information on his Victoria Cross award

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