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A Good Late Victorian CIE, CBE medical group, Hon Surgeon to the Viceroy of India.


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A Good Late Victorian medical group, Hon Surgeon to the Viceroy of India.

India General Service 1854, clasp, Burma 1889 -92, Surgn  W. Molesworth M.B. I.M.P; Delhi Durbar 1903 (with silver buckle to ribbon); Delhi Durbar 1911. Companion of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire C.I.E. (breast badge 2nd type); Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (C.B.E) (first type)

First three mounted on a ribbon bar for wear.

Note: Both orders are in boxes of issue, although the CBE is in a Civil box not Military as it should be.

Colonel William Molesworth C.I.E., C.B.E., I.M.S.

Honorary Surgeon to His Excellency the Viceroy of India (VHS).

Colonel William Molesworth was born on 30 December 1865. He is the son of Lt.-Col. Anthony Oliver Molesworth and Anne Elizabeth Smith.

He was educated Bristol and Durham Univs. He graduated as a Bachelor of Medicine (M.B.) and a Bachelor of Surgery (B.S.)

He gained the rank of Colonel in the service of the Indian Medical Service.

He was registered as a Member, Royal College of Surgeons (M.R.C.S.) as a Licentiate, Royal College of Physicians, London (L.R.C.P.).

He was Colonel IMS, MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP, Surgn to Governor Madras and 1905–08 and to the Viceroy India 1904,

Deputy Director of Medical Services HQ India 1916.

Served Wuntho Field Force Burma 1891 (medal with clasp) in 1899.

He married Winifred Anne Weeks, daughter of Thomas Earle Weeks, on 9 March 1893 in Port Blair, Bengal, India.

He was invested as a Companion, Order of the Indian Empire (C.I.E.) in 1914.

He was invested as a Commander, Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 1918.

Children of Colonel William Molesworth and Winifred Anne Weeks:

1- William Earle Molesworth b. (14 Mar 1894, d. 22 Oct 1955); 2- Kathleen Winifred Molesworth ( b. c 1897, d. 17 Mar 1998). 

Their son served in the Royal Flying corps during WW1, receiving the Military Cross and Bar; for details on him follow this link.

Information from the Army Lists:

1898 – Superintendent Central Jail, Salem – acting Civil Surgeon and Medical Officer Central Jail, Cannamore.

1900 – Surgeon to the Governor of Madras.

1902 – District Medical and Sanitation Officer, Cuddapah. – Acting Surgeon, 3rd District and H.M.’s Penitentiary & c. Madras.

1903 – Surgeon to H.E. the Governor of Madras.

1905 – Surgeon to H.E. the Viceroy.

1906 – Surgeon to H.E. the Viceroy.

1909 – District Medical and Sanitation Officer, Madura.

1911 – Civil Surgeon, Ootacamond.

1912 – Surgeon, 1st District, Madras.

1913 – Surgeon, 1st District, and Superintendent Medical School, Royapuram, Madras.

1914 June – Companion, Order of the Indian Empire (C.I.E.)

1914 – Civil, Madras

1915 – Civil, Madras

1916 – Deputy Director of Medical Services Head Quarters India 1916

1918 – Commander, Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.)


The KING has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the Celebration of His Majesty’s Birthday, to make the following promotion in, and appointments to, the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire:—

To be Companions of the said Most Eminent Order:—

Lieutenant-Colonel William Molesworth, M.B., B.Sc., Indian Medical Service, Surgeon, 1st District, and Superintendent, Medical School, Rayapuram, Madras.


His Majesty The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for distinguished service in connection with the War in India. The appointments to date from 3rd June, 1918 : –

To be Commanders of the said Most Excellent Order :—

Colonel William Molesworth, C.I.E., M.B., V.H.S., Indian Medical Service.

Late Señor Medal Officer  at the Government General Hospital, Madras.  Acting Professor of Medicine at the Medical Collage Madras and First Physician at the General Hospital.

Entry in Kelly’s Directory 1939 confirms he retired in 1921 and lived in Berwickshire.

He died on 27 February 1951 at age 85.

Condition – VF; no enamel damage to the C.I.E. ; the C.B.E. has some minor damage causing slight discolourisation.