SHARP (Dr) Chris. The Lancet 1949

This obituary was published in The Lancet on 30 July 1949. Transcribed by Helen Shields July 2021 (Paragraph-gaps added to aid reading)

Christopher James Lewen SHARP M.C.,M.B. CAMB

Many besides old Londoner will have heard with regret of the death on June 6 of Chris Sharp.  Educated at St. Paul’s School, where he was captain of cricket, and at Cambridge University, he completed his medical studies at the London Hospital after the last war, taking the Conjoint qualification in 1924 and his M.B. three years later. 

After holding house-appointments at the London he settled in practice at the Devon village of Sticklepath, where he was to spend the rest of his life.

L.N.J., who knew him pretty well for 45 years, at school, as a field gunner in the first war, as an undergraduate, medical student, and doctor, writes:

“I think of Chris as a sensitive person of high courage, boundless generosity, and perennial good humour, who played games well and the piano better than most amateurs.  Coming of artistic stock – he was a nephew of Cecil Sharp – he was fastidious with a critical faculty keenly developed in many directions. 

It amused him to pose as a fool, but he was, in fact, very far from being one, and bogus or pretentious persons had reason to dread his bland Socratic questioning. 

Always convivial by nature – as a small boy he could drink twice as much. lemonade as the rest of us – he nearly lost his life during the first war  through digging out a teetotal comrade under fire and poison gas.  For this and other exploits he was decorated – much to his amusement. 

Whilst he was in hospital I visited him.  He was on the danger list and the ward sister on tiptoe and with finger to lip beckoned me to the bedside.  He was temporarily blinded, badly blistered, and had bronchopneumonia. 

‘How are you?’ I asked fatuously in a whisper.

‘Oh, I am very nearly all right, ol’ boy,’ he replied, ‘ and if I could get out of here and have a pint I should be quite all right.’ 

He made an uninterrupted recovery.”