Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Babington Marcus Hill

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Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Hill Babington
DSO (1917) LRFP LRFS (Glas 1898) LRCP LRCS (Ed) DPH (Camb 1924)
25 Sept 1875 [Derry Ireland] – 12 Dec 1968

Service Record — Marcus Hill Babington

17 Nov 1899 Appointed Lieutenant. After only 13 days in England he was posted to South Africa. Appointed Officer-in-charge of the Pire Town Bridge Hospital, Natal, and while in this capacity was the subject of a letter written by Reverend Swartzbury to the Principal Medical Officer, South Africa, in which Lieutenant Babington was brought to the notice of the Principal Medical Officer for his devotion to duty during the engagement at Blood River.

1901 Was recommended for the Victoria Cross, for his devotion to duty at the Battle of the Blood River Poort, on 17 September 1901.

Oct 1902 Left South Africa.

17 Nov 1902 Captain.

1902 – 1905 Served in India.

1905 Returned to England to take his promotion examination. Qualified as a specialist in bacteriology.

Malta 24 Sep 1908 Arrived from England.

Malta 3 Oct 1909 Home leave.

Malta 7 Dec 1909 Returned from leave. On duty at Valletta as clinical pathologist.

Malta Nov 1909 Returned to England on leave.

Malta 1910 On duty at Valletta Hospital.

Malta Sep 1910 At Cottonera. Specialist in Bacteriology and Clinical Pathology.

Malta 5 Jan 1911 Home leave.

Malta 14 Mar 1911 Returned from leave on P&O Steam Ship Sardinia.

Malta May – Apr 1911 Assumed devolved command of the Military Hospital Cottonera during the absence on leave of Lt Col Russell Alexander Fraser.

Malta 17 May 1911 Promoted Major. Clinical Pathologist.

Malta 20 Apr 1912 Home leave.

Malta 8 Aug 1912 Returned from leave.

Clinical Pathologist Cottonera and Company Officer 30 Coy RAMC.

Malta 1913 Clinical Pathologist.

Apr 1913 At Cottonera.

7 June 1913 Officer in medical charge of troops Scutari.
Embarked on HMS The Black Prince for special duties at Scutari. Was appointed a member of the sanitary commission in Scutari, and his outstanding work there was brought to the attention of Colonel F. C. Phillips, who was commanding the International Troops.

Malta Jan 1914 Appointed Clinical Pathologist at the Queen Alexandra Military Hospital Millbank London.

1914 – 1915 Served with the British Expeditionary Force France.

19 Oct 1914 Mentioned in despatches of Sir John French.

15 Dec 1914 Arrived in England for duty.

1 Mar 1915 Lieutenant Colonel.

1915 – 1919 Commanding Officer 2 General Hospital.
Starts to be mentioned in the War Diary of the Matron-in-Chief, BEF, France and Flanders from 11 July 1915.

1 Jan 1917 London Gazette: Appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order for his service at the Battle of the Somme (July 1916).

1919 – 1923 Served in India.

Malta 15 May 1926 Embarked for Malta.

Malta May 1926 – June 1928 Assistant Director of Medical Services Malta.
Medical Examiner to students at the University Valletta.

26 June 1926 Promoted Colonel.

Malta 8 July 1927 Home leave.

Malta 4 Sep 1927 Returned from leave.

Malta 5 June 1928 Joined the Army of the Rhine. Exchanged with Colonel Charles Chevin Cumming who returned to England from the Rhine.

6 June 1928 Deputy Director of Medical Services British Army of the Rhine.

30 June 1930 Retired.


  • Entry No: 88. Drew R. 1968. Commissioned Offices in the Medical Services of the British Army 1690—1960. Vol. II. Roll of Officers in the Royal Army Medical Corps 1898–1960, London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
  • Succession Books Vol XX, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
  • Babington M H, Appendicitis simulated by malaria – a Cottonera hospital case. J Royal Army Med Corps, January 1914; XVII: 82.
  • Babington M H, An outbreak of paratyphoid B fever in Malta, J Royal Army Med Corps January 1912; no 1, XVIII: 38.
  • Babington M H, Kala Azar in Malta, J Royal Army Med Corps Oct 1911; (4), XVII: 380.
  • Irish Weekly (Belfast) Obituary Babington M H, Sat 21 December 1968.
  • Obituary, Br Med J (1969), 1; 5645: 719 (Published 15 March 1969).
  • O'Moore C., and Humphris E. M., The VC and DSO Vol III from 1 January 1916 to 12 June 1923.