Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Clayden Lionel Maurice

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111985 Lieutenant Lionel Maurice Clayden
1914 [Bow East London] — 24 Nov 1996


Lieutenant Lionel Maurice Clayden volunteered for the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1939, serving until 1945, mostly in Malta, where he achieved the rank of acting major during the siege; on his return to Britain he weighed only seven stone.

He developed a sub-career in dermatology at St John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin. Army venereal disease parades had kindled in him an interest in skin diseases, at a time when the two specialties were linked.1

Service Record — Lionel Maurice Clayden

Malta 18 Apr 1940 Posted from General Hospital Mtarfa to Malta East Sector, for temporary duties at Medical Inspection Room St Andrews. Held daily sick parades at 08:30 hours at the Aid Post St Andrews and at the Roadhouse at 09:00 hours. At 11:00 held families sick parade at MIR Paceville. Was responsible for the sanitation of St Andrew's Barracks, Aid Post St Andrews, Beach Posts of A and D Coys 2nd/Royal Irish Fusiliers.

4 Aug 1940 Took over the duties of officer in charge RAP Roadhouse. Carried out weekly inspections of the beach posts and Forts Madliena and Spinola.

13 Oct 1940 Rejoined Mtarfa General Hospital.

July 1941 temporarily in charge of No 30 Coy RAMC at Mtarfa.

Malta 17 Nov 1941 Attached to 15th Field Ambulance.

Malta 7 Apr 1942 Regimental Medical Officer 1st/Hampshire Regiment.

Malta 19 July 1942 Reattached to 15th Fld Amb from 1st/Hampshire Regiment.

Malta 1 Jan 1943 Transferred from 15th Fld Amb to the "Z List" (sick list).

Malta 11 Jan 1943 Embarked by sea to England as a "Class B" invalid.

General Practitioner Highgate 1945-90. Died of a cerebrovascular accident complicating myasthenia gravis.


  • TNA:WO 177/700, War Diaries No 15th Field Ambulance RAMC April 1941 to April 1944.
  • TNA:WO 177/103. Medical Diaries SMO Area East April 1940 to June 1940.
  • TNA:WO 177/751, War Diaries No 161st (East Anglian) Field Ambulance RAMC September 1939 to September 1943.
  • 1Obituary Br Med J (1997); 314:756 (Published 8 March 1997).