Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Batterham Douglas John

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Major Douglas John Batterham MRCS LRCP (1917) MB BCh (1923) FRCS (Eng 1923)
18 Nov 1894 [St Leonards-on-Sea Sussex] – 11 Aug 1968

Service Record — Douglas John Batterham

20 Jan 1917 Special Reserve Lieutenant RAMC.

16 Feb 1917 Mobilised. Served in France with the Friends' Ambulance.

1917–1918 Served in India.

1918–1921 Served in Mesopotamia.

16 Feb 1918 Captain RAMC.

1 June 1918 Permanent Regular Army Commission Lieutenant RAMC.

1918–1919 RMO 8 Cheshire and 119 (Multan) Infantry.

16 Aug 1920 Captain RAMC.

1921 Served in India.

Malta 29 Sept 1922 Arrived from England.

Malta 1 Jan 1923 Returned to England.

1923 Specialist in Surgery.

1923–1924 Surgical Specialist Queen Alexandra Military Hospital Millbank.

1924 Married Ethel Thelma Rundle, daughter of Dr F C Rundle, of Rolvenden, Kent.1

1924 Surgical Specialist in Cologne.

1925–1926 British Military Hospital Jubbalpore India.

1927–1928 Served at The British Military Hospital Maymyoin, India and Burma where he was attached to the Indian Medical Service.

8 Apr 1927 Birth of a daughter to Thelma wife of Capt D J Batterham at Maymye, Upper Burma.

28 Nov 1928 Retired but rejoined 1 Sept 1939.

1929 Left the army and became a General Practitioner in Newton Abbott. Was appointed honorary surgeon on the staff of Newton Abbot Hospital.

23 Nov 1939 Recalled from the reserve list on the outbreak of war.
Acting Major RAMC.

1939–1940 Served with the British Expeditionary Force France.

1941–1942 Surgical Specialist 40 General Hospital.
Served as a surgical specialist in France, Northern Ireland, and West Africa, but was invalided home in 1943 on account of recurrent malaria and released from military service, when he rejoined his practice in Newton Abbot.


  • Entry No: 1065. 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 XXV, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
  • 1N P B, Obituary, Br Med J (1968), 1, 61 (Published 5 October 1968).