Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Baxter James

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78706 Captain (A/Major) James Baxter MB ChB (1937)
6 June 1913 – ?


Captain James Baxter was educated at the University of Glasgow, from where he qualified MB ChB in 1937. He was House Physician at Stirling Royal Infirmary from 11 October 1937 to 31 March 1938, and House Surgeon at the Royal Samaritan for Women Hospital, Glasgow from 10 April to 9 October 1938.

On 31 August 1938, he applied for a Short Service Commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He entered the RAM College Millbank on 1 November 1938 and joined the RAMC Depôt Crookham on 2 January 1939.

Service Record — James Baxter

Malta 6 Apr 1939 Arrived from England.

31 July 1940 S/Capt Mattei handed over the medical charge of ADS San Pawl Tat Targa to Captain Baxter and took over medical charge of the Married Families Hospital vice Major Parry who took over ADS San Pawl Tat targa on 1 August.

Malta 12 Nov 1940 Capt J Baxter RAMC was appointed OC Field Hygiene Section Malta and was granted the rank of unpaid Acting Major.

15 June 1940 Captain J Baxter was to prepare a requisitioned garage and coach building at San Pawl tat targa as an ADS to replace St Paul's.

12 July 1940 Captain J Baxter was Deputy SMO area west.

14 Nov 1940 Proceeded to Floriana to take over duties of OC Field Hygiene Section Malta.

27 Jan 1941 Handed over command of Field Hygiene Section to Lt D J S Armstrong RAMC.

28 Jan 1941 OC ADS San Pawl Tat Targa taken over from S/Capt S F Mattei by Major James Baxter RAMC who became officer in charge ADS San Pawl Tat Targa. S/Capt S F Mattei left for duty at Mtarfa. Reverted to rank of Captain.

Malta 1 Aug 1941 Posted from 15th Fld Amb to 90 General Hospital.

Malta Apr 1942 Applied for a transfer to a more active theatre of war.

Malta 12 Mar 1943 Left for the Middle East.


  • Succession Books Vol XXIX, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
  • TNA:WO 177/1517, War Diaries No 57 Field Hygiene Mar 1941 to June 1944.
  • TNA:WO 177/1360, War Diaries No 90th General Hospital Apr 1940 to September 1946.
  • TNA:WO 177/700, War Diaries No 15th Field Ambulance RAMC April 1941 to April 1944.
  • Volume of particulars of candidates for RAMC commissions (RAMC/1308).