King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal, 1903
The list of six Doctors awarded the ‘Visit to Scotland medal by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Right Honourable Sir Robert Cranston in a ceremony at Royal Exchange Square, Edinburgh on 1 March, 1904 and published in the Police Review and Parade Gossip of 4 March, 1904 includes the following:[i]
Dr Sir Henry Duncan Littlejohn
Dr Henry Harvey Littlejohn
Dr Claude Buchanan Ker
Dr Edmund Frederick Tanney Price
Dr Alexander William Gordon Price
Dr Charles Kennedy
Dr Edmund Frederick Tanney Price
Edmund Frederick Tanney Price was born on 30 July, 1862 in Forezepore, Punjab, India where his father, Alexander George Price was (according to the baptismal record) a Hospital Steward with the 7th Royal Fusiliers. His mother was Elizabeth Constantia Locking or Price.
Edmund was baptised by the in Ferozepore on 30 August, 1862. [ii]
According to The Scotsman of Tuesday 30 October, 1917, Dr Price was educated first in India and then at Edinburgh where he took his degree. [iii]
The British Medical Register for 1903 records that Edmund Frederick Tanney Price of 1 Middleby Street, Minto Street, Edinburgh joined the Register on 1 August, 1884 at Edinburgh and his qualifications were “M. B., Mast. Surg., 1884, Univ. Edin.” [iv]
Interestingly, his father, Dr Alexander George Price and his brother, Dr Alexander William Gordon Price are also listed in the same Medical Register on Page 1250.
The Edinburgh Evening News of Monday 11 May, 1903 reported the following under the heading ‘Kings Visit to Scotland’:
“St Andrew’s Ambulance Association
Today an ambulance waggon will be stationed at the corner of St Andrew’s Square and St Andrew Street in charge of the ambulance officer, with a party of stretcher bearers from the Caledonian Railway Princes Street Station Ambulance Corps.
Another ambulance waggon will be stationed at St Patrick Square, under the charge of Dr Charles Kennedy, with a party of stretcher bearers from the Scottish Wholesale Co-operative Society Ambulance Corps.
Tomorrow, an ambulance waggon will be stationed at East Register Street in charge of Dr D. J. Graham with a party of stretcher bearers from the Scottish Wholesale Co-operative Society Ambulance Corps.
There will also be an ambulance waggon at St Patrick Square as on Monday.
On Wednesday, an ambulance waggon will be stationed at corner of St Andrew’s Square and St Andrew Street in charge of ambulance officer with party of certificated ambulance men to act as stretcher bearers. The waggon (with personnel) will be transferred after their Majesties have passed into the castle, to Cluny Gardens, Morningside.”
An ambulance waggon will be stationed in Charlotte Square to which will be attached, a party of certificated ambulance men. The waggon will be transferred after their Majesties have passed into the castle, to the west end of Brougham Street, Tollcross.
Dressing stations will be established in the receiving block of Colinton Mains Hospital in charge of Dr Edmund Price, Dr Jackson with a party of stretcher bearers, consisting of members of the
Scottish Wholesale Co-operative Society Ambulance Corps and other certificated ambulance men.
The association will also supply personnel to attend on the City Police waggon under the charge of Drs A. Gordon Price and Edmund Price during Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.”[v]
Dr Edmund Frederick Tanney Price died at North Clermiston Farm, Midlothian on 27 October, 1917. [vi]
The Scotsman of Tuesday 30 October, 1917 published the following obituary:-
Edinburgh Doctor’s Sudden Death: - Dr Edmund F. T. Price, 13 Alva Street, Edinburgh, died suddenly on Saturday afternoon while at drill with the Volunteers at Corstorphine.
His company was engaged in military operations, and Dr Price must have overtaxed his strength, as he suddenly dropped dead.
Dr Price was the son of Dr A. G. Price, Civil surgeon, I.M.S., and was educated first in India and later at Edinburgh University where he took his degree.
He specialised latterly in X-ray work, and had done much Red Cross work during the war, conducting for some time an ambulance class in the Synod Hall.
He leaves a widow and three sons, two of whom are doctors at the front, and a married daughter, whose husband is serving as a Chaplain at the front.” [vii]
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[i] The Police Review and Parade Gossip, Friday, 4 March, 1904, Page 118.
[ii] Parish Register Transcripts from the Presidency of Bengal, 1862, Reference N-1-102, Folio 23.
[iii] The Scotsman, Tuesday 30 October, 1917, Page 4.
[iv] The British Medical Register, 1903, Page 1251.
[vi] 1918, Price, Edmund Frederick Tannery (sic) (Wills & Testaments Reference SC70/1/605, Edinburgh Sheriff Court Inventories), Image 270, last image 277.
[vii] The Scotsman, Tuesday 30 October, 1917, Page 4.