Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Gaunt Eric Thomas

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Captain Eric Thomas Gaunt MB ChB (Birm 1908)
6 Jan 1884 [Tardebigg Worcs] – 9 Oct 1917 [Belgium]


Captain Eric Thomas Gaunt RAMC was the second son of Dr John Penn Gaunt of Alvechurch, Worcestershire, and the brother of Lieutenant John Kennedy Gaunt. He was educated at King Edward's School Birmingham and at the University of Birmingham where he graduated MB ChB in 1908. He was resident obstetric assistant at Queen's Hospital Birmingham and house physician, assistant house surgeon and house surgeon at the General Hospital Birmingham.

Captain Eric Thomas Gaunt entered the army as lieutenant on 28 January 1910 and was promoted to captain on 28 July 1913. He was in Malta when war broke out and went to the front in 1915. He was killed in action on 9 October 1917, aged 33 years. On the day he died, he was at the regimental aid post (RAP) attending the wounded. He was in the act of dressing a wound outside the dug out, in the open, when a shell burst within three feet of him, wounding him in the back and head. He died instantly. He was buried at Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Service Record — Eric Thomas Gaunt

10 Jan 1910 Appointed Lieutenant RAMC on probation and posted to Shorncliffe.

Oct 1911 Moved from Canterbury to Shorncliffe.

Jan 1912 Moved from Shorncliffe to Dover.

Malta 6 Sept 1912 Moved from Dover to Malta.

Malta 7 June 1913 On garrison duty.

Malta 13 July 1913 Home leave.

Malta 28 July 1913 Promoted Captain RAMC.

Malta 7 Sept 1913 Returned from leave.

Malta 1914 On garrison duty.

Malta 13 Apr 1914 Home leave.

Malta 14 June 1914 Returned from leave.

Malta 23 Sept 1914 Returned to England.

Malta 18 Jan 1915 Left for France with the British Expeditionary Force.

9 Oct 1917 Killed in action aged 33 years.


  • Entry No: 726. Drew R. 1968. Commissioned Officers 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 XXIII, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
  • Eric Thomas Gaunt. Br Med J (1917); 2: 564. (Published 27 October 1917).