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Charles L. Lindley


Centurion, 1888–1931

Full Name Charles Lutellus Lindley

Born 3 November 1853 in Durban, South Africa

Died 26 March 1931 in Los Angeles, California

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Lakewood, New Jersey

Proposed by John K. Rees and Henry B. Sands

Elected 3 November 1888 at age thirty-five

Century Memorial

Educated at an American medical college, Dr. Charles L. Lindley’s career was a mixture of professional practice and military adventure. His experience as soldier did not occur in the larger wars with which people are nowadays familiar, but in England’s South African campaigns, in which he was able to render an unusual service. Born in Natal and attended in his childhood by a Zulu nurse, he spoke the native tongue fluently, and became the intermediary between the British officers and the tribesmen in the Zulu war. Twenty years later, he again joined the British army in the same capacity during the Transvaal conflict of 1899. He remained for a time in South Africa in official practice, but passed the long subsequent period of quiet retirement in America.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1932 Century Association Yearbook