RAMC Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
Henry Stewart Anderson
1872 –1961

Captain Henry Stewart Anderson


15 Apr 1872 [Lisburn Co Antrim] – 24 May 1961

Service Record

earthquake party
RAMC Earthquake Relief Party (J Roy Army Med Corps Mar 1909)

27 July 1899 Lieutenant RAMC.

1899–1902 Served in South Africa.

27 July 1902 Captain RAMC.

1902–1905 Served in India.

28 Nov 1905 Embarked from England by exchange. Was posted at Belfast Irish Command.

9 May 1906 Served at the military hospital Cottonera.
Was seconded for service with the Egyptian Army. Left on Dilwara with the 4th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment.

July 1906 Officer in charge Military Hospital Fort Chambray Gozo.

Oct 1906 At the Oct RAMC monthly meeting read a paper on Paratyphoid Fever.

14 Dec 1906 On Home leave.

Malta 2 Feb 1907 Returned from leave.

1907 On duty at Cottonera. Sanitary Officer and Anaesthetist.

July 1907 Officer in charge Citta Vecchia Sanatorium.

19 Dec 1907 In England on leave.

10 Feb 1908 Returned from leave.

1908 Company Officer 30 Coy RAMC Valletta.

28 Dec 1908 Earthquake at Messina - Organised the British earthquake relief party from Malta. A party of four RAMC doctors and two QAIMNS sisters, under Major G.S. Crawford and other RAMC personnel, landed at Catona from HMS Duncan on New Year's Day 1909, four days after the disaster.

31 Jan 1909 Home leave.

24 Mar 1909 Returned from leave.

Officer in charge Military Families Hospital, Valletta.

29 Oct 1909 Appointed Chevalier of the Crown of Italy for services at Calabria. The award was conferred at the Palace Valletta by the Governor and Commander in Chief on 29 October.

7 Nov 1909 Returned to England – tour expired. Posted to Cork District.

27 July 1911 Major RAMC.

1 Mar 1915 Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.

1914–1915 Served with the British Expeditionary Force France (invalided).

Dec 1915–Nov 1916 Officer Commanding troops HM Hospital Ship Britannic. Survived the sinking of the ship by a German mine in the Aegean Sea.

HMHS Britannic was commissioned on 12 Dec 1915 and fitted out to accommodate 3,300 casualties from the Dardanelles. She was en route to the Greek port of Mudros on the Mediterranean island of Lemnos, to evacuate casualties from the shore hospitals, when she hit a German mine off the island of Kea, to the south east of Athens, and sunk on 21 Nov 1916. Of the 1,134 people on board, 30 drowned in the Kea channel, when their lifeboats were sucked under by the still turning propeller.

1917–1921 Served in Egypt.

1918 Commanding Officer Citadel Military Hospital Cairo.

15 Dec 1924 Retired.

24 May 1961 Bequeathed his body for medical research.