Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Merewether Henry Osborne MacCabe

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133959 T/Lieutenant Colonel Henry Osborne MacCabe Merewether OBE FRCS ED
31 Aug 1903 [Australia] – 7 Jan 1958 [Royal Victoria Hospital Folkestone]


Lt Col Henry Osborne MacCabe Merewether was educated at Geelong, Sydney University, and at Edinburgh University, where he graduated MB, ChB in 1931. After graduation he became house-surgeon to Sir David Wilkie, and, later, senior house-surgeon at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

In 1936, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh., The following year, he entered into a surgical partnership with Mr H W L Molesworth in Folkestone, and in 1938, was appointed surgeon to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

In 1939, at the outbreak of the second world war, he was commissioned into the RAMC as a surgical specialist. He served with distinction until 1945, having become a lieutenant colonel in charge of a surgical division. He saw service in Eritrea, Malta, and Italy, and was appointed OBE in 1945 for his services during the Italian campaign. Just after the end of the war he underwent a serious operation, but, in spite of severe physical handicap, returned to his work as a surgeon. He became senior consulting surgeon to the hospitals in the South-East Kent Group, and was actively engaged in consulting practice until a few days before his death.

Service Record — Henry Osborne MacCabe Merewether

Malta 28 June 1943 Posted to 90 GH from No 32 GH. Arrived from the Middle East to assume duties of officer in charge Surgical Division.

Malta 1 July 1943 Assumed duties of officer-in-charge Surgical Division 90 GH vice Lt Col J A Davidson, who returned to England.

Malta 26 July 1943 Posted as officer-in-charge Surgical Division No 45 GH St Patricks vice Lt Col Fallon M No 45 GH. The vacancy created in 90 GH was filled by Lt Col C F Mayne

Malta Dec 1943 Acting/Officer Commanding 45 (UK ) GH.

Malta 6 Feb 1944 Proceeded to Sicily by air as Medical Liaison Officer.


  • TNA:WO 177/1287, War Diaries No 45 General Hospital May 1941 to April 1946.
  • TNA:WO 177/1360, War Diaries No 90 General Hospital April 1940 to September 1946.
  • Obituary. Br Med J (1958); 1:284 (Published 1 February 1958).