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Sir Robert Mitton Hensley (4 July 1840 - 5 August 1912).

The son of Lewis Hensley, a surgeon from Harrow, and his third wife Martha nee Mitton, he was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1864.

In 1881 he became a member of the Metropolitan Asylums Board, elected by the Wandsworth Board of Guardians. He remained a member of the MAB until his death (from 1889 being a nominee of the Local Government Board) at which time he was the oldest member.

He was a very active member of the board, heading a number of committees before being appointed chairman in 1901. In 1902 he was knighted for his work dealing with a cholera epidemic in the capital.

Hensley settled in Putney, and was involved in the preservation of Wimbledon Common.

He died suddenly, aged 72, and was buried in Putney Vale Cemetery.


  • "Obituary: Sir Robert Hensley". The Times: p. 9. 8 August 1912. 

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