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DR M L Bangara

Drs Bangara, Nanda and Seal

Asian doctors are nothing new in Gloucestershire. Three Indian medical practitioners settled in the county in the early 20th century.

Dr M L Bangara practised in Cinderford

Dr Dr M L Bangara

Dr Bangara was born at Mangalore in South India in 1881, the son of a district and sessions judge. After qualifying as a doctor at Edinburgh University he moved to Cinderford in 1915, working in his own practice and at the Dilke Memorial Hospital.

In addition to his work as a doctor, he was an active member of the community and a leading light in a variety of local organisations including the Freemasons, Cinderford Horticultural Society, Dickens Fellowship, Excelsior Band and Cinderford Male Voice Choir.

Dr Bangara died of complications following influenze shortly after his 46th birthday in April 1927.

An 'In Memoriam' leaflet published later that year shows the very considerable affection and respect in which he was held in Cinderford. It bore the words 'He lived for mankind'.

Dr R N Nanda
Dr R N Nanda

Dr R N Nanda

One of the mourners at Dr Bangara's funeral in 1927 was his colleague Dr R Natha Nanda of St Briavel's.

Like Dr Bangara, Dr Nanda qualified in Scotland.

According to Kelly's Directory, he succeeded Dr Moyle in practice at Humphrey's Lodge, St Briavel's and also as medical officer and public vaccination officer for the St Briavel's district, in about 1922.

He continued to practice in St Briavel's at least until the mid-1940s.

Dr Satyenda Nath Seal
Dr Satyendra Nath Seal

Dr Satyendra Nath Seal

Dr Satyendra Nath Seal practised with Dr Bell at Barton Street in Gloucester in the early 1920s.

Like Dr Bangara, Dr Seal was a graduate of the medical school at Edinburgh University.

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