James Elrick Adler

#51643, b. 1882, d. 27 November 1916

Individual's Timeline

Birth1882James Elrick Adler
Death27 November 1916James Elrick Adler1
Probate5 January 1917James Elrick Adler1

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: James was a Doctor of medicine. In fact in the phone book he is FRSC (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons). He worked for the Red Cross in 1916. It appears he patented or at least worked on A RADIUM APPPLICATOR.
    J.Elrick Adler M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., Lond.
    The Lancet - 8 December 1906 ( Vol. 168, Issue 4345, Pages 1598-1599 )
    DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(01)33349-4.2

Census details

Brushes with the LAW

James appeared as a specialist witness at a trial in the Old Bailey in 1908. He was only 26, which is rather young to have been 'specialist' so I assume he was called simply because he was the Dr who treated the prosecutor

JAMES ELRICK ADLER , L.R.C.P., house surgeon, London Hospital. On July 15 prosecutor was admitted suffering from a bullet wound in the chest. There were two wounds, the bullet having entered the right side under the great pectoral muscle about the fourth rib, passed under the muscle and gone out, leaving a wound about 6 in. long. Prosecutor had a very big muscle; he is a very strong man. The bullet (produced) was found in his clothes. It is a small pistol shot, and has a piece of serge inside it from the clothing. The wound in itself was not dangerous, but was in a dangerous position. Had the man been standing straighter to the prisoner or the bullet hit him half an inch behind it would probably have entered the lung; it ran superficially to the lung. The wound healed up by first intention and the prosecutor went out in five or six days.

Cross-examined. Prosecutor was kept five or six days for the purpose of observation because I could not clean the whole track of the wound; if there had been inflammation I should have had to cut down. Prosecutor is an exceptionally powerful man, very well built. He said he had been bitten, and there was a small abrasion on his hand; there were no marks of bruising on his face.3

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Research Notes

  • Research note 01: I am not certain that our James married Ellen Augusta, even though they had a child who became a Dr..
  • Research note 02: He died very young. Could this have been something to do with his work on Radium.


  1. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 about James Elrick Adler
    Name:      James Elrick Adler
    Probate Date:      5 Jan 1917
    Death Date:      27 Nov 1916
    Death Place:      Middlesex, England
    Registry:      London, England."
  2. British newspapers Nat Lib AU, London Gazette 9th Oct 1915

    James Elrick Adler, F.R.C.S.,.to be temporary Honorary Captain whilst serving with No. 7-British Red Cross (Allied-Forces Base) Hospital. Dated 7th October 1915.
  3. HRI Online Publications, University of Sheffield, Proceedings of the Old Bailey: Old Bailey Proceedings, 8th September 1908.
    Reference Number: t19080908
    Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 7.0, 19 October 2013), September 1908 (t19080908).
  4. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965 about Dr James Elrich Adler
    Name:      Dr James Elrick Adler
    [James Elrich Adler]
    [James Elrick Adler]
    Year:      1915
    County or Borough:      Westminster
    Ward or Division/Constituency:      Marylebone West
    Street Address:      10 Bryanston-street."