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Asher Leventon

Born:
28 Iyyar 5630 (29 May 1870)
Died:
29 Iyyar 5698 (30 May 1938)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
LEV3053
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
28 Iyyar 5630 (29 May 1870)
Place of birth:
Leicester

Death

Date of death:
29 Iyyar 5698 (30 May 1938)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Godalming, Surrey

Places

Schools

Name:
University of Dublin
Name:
Trinity College Dublin
Name:
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dublin

Other Organisations

Name:
Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
Significance:
Fellow
Name:
Berry White Medical College, Dibrugarh
Significance:
Superintendent
Name:
Campbell Medical School, Calcutta
Significance:
Superintendent
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Promotions

He joined the Indian Army in 1895 and was a Surgeon Lieutenant and he was promoted to Captain in 1898. In 1896 he gained his Fellowship as a surgeon and in 1906 his DPH.RCP. In 1907 he was promoted to Major and 1915 he became Lt-Colonel until his retirement in 1925.

India and Personality

During the whole of his working life he was in India. Among the many commentaries about him he was thanked "for his valuable services during the cholera outbreak in Calcutta," he was said "to have boundless energy and wholeheartedly devoted to duty", and was "exceedingly popular with his staff." But he was probably best remembered as the most humane and genuine of philanthropists and, as one article about him said the 'Colonel' was a man full of buoyancy and humour. He used to say that a hearty life was better than a tonic and few could more richly enjoy or more effectively tell a joke than he. At some point during his career he was awarded the CIE Commander of the India Empire.

1895 Commission as reported in the JC (in photos)

After a brilliant University Career, Mr Asher Leventon, of Dublin, has obtained a commission in Her Majesty's Indian Medical Service. This distinction marks a new stage in the participation of English Jews in the service of their country. A Jewish Army Doctor is at once a true to two old Jewish traditions, the love of the healing art and the love of his country. Mr Leventon's example is one that will, we hope, by widely imitated. This branch of military profession is lucrative, so that poor men need not be dissuaded from entering it. It carries with it military rank and altogether it opens out an attractive career to our young medical students, whose numbers we gladly see increase year by year in this country. Mr Leventon won, it is true, an exceptionally high place in the competitive examination which resulted in gaining him his commission. But this fact is itself encouraging to others. For it proves that merit is the only qualification necessary for success in this career. The competition is open to all who have the necessary certificates and the best men will get the best posts. Mr Leventon deserves our hearty congratulations.

Family

Siblings

Louis Leventon (male)
Sarah Anne Leventon (female)
Hannah Kate Leventon (female)
Abraham Harris Leventon (male)

Parents

Father: Rev Israel Leventon (male)
Mother: Rosa Leventon (female)

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Military Record

Military service:
Indian Medical Service
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1895
Date discharged/death:
1925
Rank at discharge/death:
Lieutenant-Colonel

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