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Lieutenant Colonel Richard Jennings KHS (1911) MD MCh (Ire 1878)
2 Jan 1856 – 30 Apr 1935 [Southsea]


Colonel R Jennings entered the Army Medical Department as a surgeon on 5 February 1881. He became Colonel on 31 December 1908.

He served in the South African War (1900–1902), and took part in Operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River (from February 1900) and Operations in the Transvaal (30 November 1900 to March 1902). He was mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 16 April 1901, and 29 July 1902.)

Colonel R Jennings received the Queen's medal with three clasps and the King's medal with two clasps. He was appointed Honorary Surgeon to the King on 1 April 1911.

Service Record — Richard Jennings

5 Feb 1881 Surgeon-Captain.

Mar 1882 Posted to Madras from Edinburgh.

5 Feb 1893 Promoted Surgeon-Major Army Medical Staff.

1900–1902 Served in South Africa. Took part in operations in Cape Colony and the Transvaal, and was mentioned in despatches.

5 Feb 1901 Promoted Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.

Malta 5 Nov 1903 Embarked for Malta.

Officer in Charge of Station Hospital Cottonera.

Resident at Officer's Quarters Cottonera.

Malta 1904 Officer in charge Military Hospital Valletta.

Malta 29 June 1904 To England on sick leave.

22 Dec 1904 Promoted Lieutenant Colonel with increased pay.

Malta 26 Sept 1905 Returned to Malta from sick leave. Officer in charge General Hospital Valletta.

Resident at No 5 Piazza Miratore Floriana. Piazza Miratore had panoramic views of the Grand Harbour and the Valletta waterfront and was occupied by senior army and naval officers.

Malta 1906 Officer in charge General Hospital Valletta.
Acting PMO during the absence on leave of Col MacNeece.

Malta 1907 Officer in charge General Hospital Valletta.

Malta 4 Aug 1907 To England on leave.

Malta 21 Sept 1907 Returned to Malta.

Malta Jan 1908 Officer in charge Station Hospital Cottonera.

Malta 19 Oct 1908 Posted to home Establishment.

31 Dec 1908 Colonel L/RAMC.

May 1911 Appointed Honorary Surgeon to the King, vice Surgeon-General J A Marston CB MD deceased 1st April.

31 Dec 1912 Colonel Richard Jennings MD, Honorary Surgeon to the King, was placed on the half pay list on completion of four years' service in his rank.

2 Jan 1913 Placed on retired pay.

1914–1918 Rejoined for service during the war of 1914–18, and received the CBE.


  • Entry No: 6803. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Officers in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 (20 June 1727-23 June 1898), Aberdeen (1917).
  • Distribution of RAMC Officers. Corps News Vol IV 6; June 1905.
  • Succession Books Vol XVI, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
  • Deaths in the services, Br Med J (1935), 1102 (Published 25 May 1935).
  • Wellcome Library, Colonel Richard Jennings's photographs of British Hospitals in Malta (RAMC 659).