Colonel John Southey Bostock
CBE (1923) MB ChB (Ed 1900)
5 June 1875 [Horsham Sussex] – 12 Aug 1930 [Burford Oxfordshire]
Colonel John Southey Bostock was the eldest son of Dr Edward Ingram Bostock. He was one of six brothers, three of whom were killed in action on the Western Front. He was educated at Lancing College and Edinburgh University where he graduated MB ChB in 1900. He possessed a very fine tenor's voice and played many leading parts in light opera in the University's Amateur Dramatic Club. While serving in Malta, he sang the leading tenor role in the Mikado at the Valletta Opera House.
Colonel John Southey Bostock was commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps on 29 January 1901. He served throughout the Great War. On 18 August 1914, he accompanied the British Expeditionary Force to France with a Field Ambulance in the 2nd Division. He was present with this unit during the retreat from Mons. At Ypres, he ran the Motor Ambulance cars between the town and Poperinghe, seven miles west of Ypres. Afterwards he was withdrawn from the Division to enable him to establish a Convalescent Depôt at Rouen. He was mentioned in dispatches in the London Gazette of 23 June 1915. Towards the end of the war he commanded the Great War Hospital Eastbourne.
In 1919, Colonel J S Bostock was seconded to the Ministry of Pensions, and was employed in the organisation and administration of the Treatment and Training Centre for officers. He later became Director of Medical Services in charge of this branch of the Ministry. In 1923, he was appointed Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), in recognition for his services to the Ministry of Pensions.
In January 1930, he succeeded Colonel Henry Edward Manning Douglas VC as Commandant Royal Army Medical College Millbank. Colonel J S Bostock died suddenly on 12 August 1930 while on leave at the Burford Priory Oxford. He was 55 years old. He was buried at Horsham Parish Church Cemetery.
On 16 August 1943, his elder son 77530 Flt Lt John Oliver Bostock RAFVR 415 (RCAF) Squadron was killed in action over the Netherlands.
29 Jan 1901 Commissioned Lieutenant RAMC.
Apr 1901 Posted to Aldershot.
7 Sep 1901 Change of Station from Aldershot to Malta.
1902 On duty at Malta.
26 Jan 1903 Lt J S Bostock was elected a member of the Malta and Mediterranean Branch of the British Medical Association.
On duty at Valletta Military Hospital; resident at the hotel Great Britain.
5 June–2 Sep 1903 Home leave.
1904 On duty at Malta.
29 Jan 1904 Promoted Captain.
Jan 1905 Officer-in-medical Charge of troops St Francis Barracks Floriana.
Feb 1905 Left for Crete (Part of Egypt Command) to relieve Capt Henry Arthur Bransbury.
June 1906 Change of Station from Crete to Egypt. Served in Cairo.
Feb 1907 Change of Station from Egypt to Southern Command.
Jan 1909 Change of Station from Royal Army Medical College to Aldershot.
May 1909 Married Olivia Emslie, daughter of Mr Emslie J Horniman of Burford Priory and Chelsea.
Had two sons and a daughter.
18 July 1910 Birth of a son.
Nov 1911 Change of Station from Aldershot to Delhi.
Jan 1912 Change of Station from Delhi to Agra.
29 Oct 1912 Promoted Major.
21 Nov 1912 Birth of a daughter at Ranikhet, India.
Nov 1913 Change of Station from Agra to Aldershot.
18 Aug 1914 Proceeded to France with a Field Ambulance in the 2nd Division and was present with this unit during the retreat from Mons.
June 1915 Major J S Bostock was promoted Brevet Lieutenant Colonel for services in connection with operations in the field.
3 Mar 1917 Brevet Lieutenant Colonel J S Bostock was commended for services. He was one of a number of medical officers brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war.
31 Dec 1917 Major and Brevet Lt Col J S Bostock was appointed Brevet Colonel in the New Year Honours list.
29 Mar 1918–14 Mar 1919 Major and Brevet Colonel J S Bostock was granted the Acting rank of Lieutenant Colonel whilst specially employed.
Mar 1919–1923 Major and Brevet Colonel J S Bostock was seconded for service with the Ministry of Pensions. In 1923 he was made a Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his services to the Ministry of Pensions.
1 Feb 1923 Major and Brevet Colonel J S Bostock was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and remained seconded. He was restored to the establishment in February 1923.
Dec 1923 Appointed Officer Commanding Depôt and Training Centre RAMC.
1924 Captained the Aldershot Command Cricket Eleven.
1927–1929 Relinquished command of the RAMC Training Depôt in 1927.
Posted to Hong Kong as Senior Medical Officer and Officer Commanding Hong Kong Military Hospital.
28 Dec 1929 Arrived in England from Hong Kong.
1 Jan 1930 Lieutenant Colonel and Brevet Colonel J S Bostock was appointed Temporary Colonel. He succeeded Colonel Henry Edward Manning Douglas VC as Commandant Royal Army Medical College Millbank. Colonel H E M Douglas was promoted Major General and appointed Deputy Director of Medical Services Southern Command India.
1 May 1930 Promoted substantive Colonel L/RAMC with seniority from 1 January 1918.
12 Aug 1930 Died suddenly while on leave at the Burford Priory Oxford, aged 55 years. Was buried at Horsham Parish Church Cemetery. A memorial plaque was placed in the Holy Trinity Chapel, of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Horsham.
- Entry No: 232. 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 XXI, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
- Obituary, Br Med J (1930); 2:307 (Published 23 August 1930).