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Charles Geekie Matthew

Charles Geekie Matthew

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name:Charles Geekie Matthew
notes:Scottish naval surgeon and botanist who collected plants while in service in the Far East, with a particular interest in the ferns of China. Charles Matthew was born at Newmilne, Perthshire, and graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1885. He began his career in the service of the Peninsular and Oriental Shipping Company before entering the Royal Navy in 1889. For the most part, Matthew spent the next two decades in the Far East before his retirement with the rank of Fleet Surgeon in 1909. Distinguishing himself as a surgeon, he was honoured in 1907 by the Japanese government with the Order of the Rising Sun. He returned to Malaya in 1911-1913, and once more joined the navy on the outbreak of the First World War, during which he was based at Dover. Again he achieved promotion and by the end of the war was Surgeon-Captain. He thereafter lived in his native Perthshire at Guildtown
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