Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Fayle Robert James Leech

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1791 Major Robert James Leech Fayle DSO LKQCP LRCSI (1881)
1 Apr 1857 [Parsonstown King's Co.] – 6 July 1936


Lieutenant Colonel Robert James Leech Fayle was educated in the school of the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland and took the LKQCP and LRCSI in 1881. He became a Lieutenant Colonel after twenty years' service.

He served in Anglo–Boer War, South Africa and took part in operations in the Orange Free State, including the relief of Kimberley. He was mentioned in dispatches in the London Gazette of 18 April 1901. He received the Queen's medal with three clasps, the King's medal with two clasps and the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for services in South Africa.

Service Record — Armstrong Douglas James Stirling

4 Feb 1882 Surgeon Captain.

Apr 1882 Moved from Aldershot to Devonport.

18 Nov 1888 Had a son Disney Benjamin William Fayle born in India.

21 July 1890 Had a son Joseph Barcroft born at Devonport, Devon. Killed in action on 24 October 1916.

4 Feb 1894 Promoted Surgeon Major.

1895 Had a son Gerald L. B. Fayle born at Long Ashton, Somerset.

1897 Had a daughter Mary A. Fayle born at Sandgate, Kent.

Malta 27 Feb 1897 Arrived from Shorncliffe England by exchange.

Malta 19 Sept 1898 On home leave.

Malta 3 Jan 1899 Returned to Malta.

Malta 13 Sept 1899 Returned to Devonport and thence to South Africa.

22 Dec 1899–8 Aug 1902 Served in Anglo–Boer War, South Africa.
Took part in operations in the Orange Free State, including the relief of Kimberley.

19 Apr 1901 Awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his services in South Africa.

4 Feb 1902 Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.

29 Oct 1902 Retired.

17 June 1915 Re–employed during the Great War of 1914-1918.


  • Drew R., 1968. Entry No: 6910. Medical Officers in the British Army 1660 – 1960. Volume 1: 1660 – 1898. London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
  • RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
  • Succession Books Vol XVII, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
  • Deaths in the Services, Br Med J (1936), 742 (Published 10 October 1936).