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Louis Courtauld (c.1877-6 February 1922) was a barrister, physician and local politician.

He was the son of Louis Courtauld and nephew of George Courtauld, silk manufacturers of Halstead in Essex.

Educated at Cambridge from 1895–98, he obtained both a medical degree and was called to the bar. In 1906 he married Marion Elizabeth Garstin. He became involved in municipal and medical work in south London and helped set up a number of dispensaries and health institutes in the area. He was also secretray of the South London Federation of Working Men's Clubs.

In 1913 he was elected to the London County Council as a Municipal Reform Party councillor representing Lambeth North. He became chairman of the council's Midwivves Committee and vice-chairman of the Public Health Committee. With the outbreak of war he received a commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and went to the Western Front as part of the 2nd London Field Ambulance. He was wounded in the eye and leg at Ypres in 1915. He spent the rest of the war working in medical research.

He defended his county council seat at the 1919 election, but was defeated. He continued to be a member of the council however, as he was appointed an alderman.

In February 1922 Courtauld became unwell, suffering from influenza and symptoms of mental illness. On the morning of 6 February he shot his wife dead and then took his own life by cutting his throat at his Sussex home.

ReferencesEdit

  • "Pathetic Tragedy". Chelmsford Chronicle. 1o February 1922. 

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