Colonel James Gaussen MacNeece
CB (1911) LRCS (Irel) LKQCP (Irel 1877)
27 Feb 1856 [Arboe Co Tyrone]– 13 Dec 1919 [Southsea]
Colonel James Gaussen MacNeece was the son of the Rev James MacNeece MA of Clonfeacle Rectory, Moy, and of Mulnagar Lodge, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
4 Aug 1878 Appointed Surgeon.
1878–1880 Served in the Afghan War with Lieutenant-General Primrose's Force, including the siege of Kandahar and the Battle of September 1st (medal with clasp).
Dec 1881 Served with the Bozdar Field Force North West Frontier British India.
Oct 1884 Operations in the Zhob Valley (North West Frontier 1881–1884). Zhob is a valley in Balochistan, Pakistan inhabited by the Pashtun tribes. The Zhob Valley Expedition of 1884 was a punitive expedition against the tribes of the North West Frontier. In 1889 the Zhob Valley fell under the British, who thus controlled the strategic route between the North West Frontier Province and Quetta, the capital of the Balochistan.
4 Aug 1890 Promoted Surgeon-Major, ranking as major, having served twelve years in the rank of surgeon.
4 Aug 1898 Promoted Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.
11 Oct 1899–31 May 1902 Anglo–Boer War.
Jan 1900–Nov 1901 In charge of No 7 General Hospital in South Africa with the temporary rank of colonel. Took part in operations in Natal, (Mar to June 1900), and in the Transvaal (Jan to Nov 1900). Awarded the Queen's Medal with two clasps.
July 1902 Left South Africa for Dublin.
10 July 1903 Offered the toast at a dinner held at the Shelbourne Hotel by the officers of the RAMC and Civil Surgeons of the Dublin Garrison in honour of Lt Col John Cotter Dorman CMG RAMC PMO Dublin District Staff, prior to his transfer to Bermuda.
May 1904 Stationed in Dublin. Appointed Principal Medical Officer on the Dublin District Staff vice Lt Col George Arthur Hughes DSO.
4 June 1905 Promoted Colonel on the death of Colonel William Owen Wolseley. Appointed Principal Medical Officer Malta Command.
8 July 1905 Arrived from Dublin vice PMO William Owen Wolseley.He was accompanied by Mrs MacNeece.
1906 Principal Medical Officer Malta Command.
8 Aug 1906 In England on leave.
20 Oct 1906 Returned to Malta.
7 Dec 1906 In Crete on an inspection tour.
Jan 1907 Principal Medical Officer Malta Command.
16 Sep 1907 Home Leave.
30 Oct 1907 Returned to Malta.
June 1908 In Crete on an inspection.
3 Aug 1908 Home Leave.
18 Sept 1908 Returned to Malta.
28 Dec 1908 Granted relief to the victims of the Messina earthquake.
27 July 1909 Home Leave.
19 Sep 1909 Returned to Malta. Appointed a committee of officers of the Royal Army Medical Corps to investigate every febrile case occurring among the troops stationed in Malta and Crete. This committee ascertained that nearly all the three day fevers were due to Sandfly fever, conveyed by the Phlebotomus papatasii, which was a scourge in many parts of the islands during the hot weather when the fever was prevalent.
10 Apr 1910 Left for India.
23 Apr 1910 Surgeon General.
1910–1912 PMO 8th (Lucknow) Division, India.
19 June 1911 Appointed CB in the Coronation Honours list.
28 July 1911 Invested as Commander of the Order of St Maurice and St Lazarus by the King of Italy in recognition of his services in connection with the Messina earthquake.
1912–1914 Director of Medical Services Southern Command England.
28 July 1914 Start of the Great War.
4 Aug 1914 Britain declares war on Germany.
1914–1918 Served in the Great War.
1915–1916 DMS India.
1918 Retired with rank of Major General.
- Entry No: 6677. Johnston W. 1917. Roll of Commissioned Officers in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol I (20 June 1727 to 23 June 1898), Aberdeen, University Press.
- Succession Book Vol 15. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
- Distribution of RAMC Officers. Corps News Vol IV June 1905 No 6.
- Obituary, Br Med J (1920), 1; 3080: 70 (Published 10 Jan 1920).
- The owl midge and Mediterranean three-day fever. Br Med J (1909), 2; 2532: 100 (Published 10 July 1909).