Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Reed Thomas Arthur Gainsford

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123660 WS/Captain Thomas Arthur Gainsford Reed MB BS (Dur 1939)
1 Nov 1916 [Newcastle-upon-Tyne] – 8 Mar 2000

Service Record — Thomas Arthur Gainsford Reed

28 Feb 1940 Emergency Commission Lieutenant RAMC.

1 Nov 1940 Acting Captain RAMC.

Malta 28 Feb 1941 War Substantive Captain RAMC.

Malta 8 Aug Posted to No 161st (East Anglian) Field Ambulance from No 45 General Hospital.

Malta 6 Oct 1941 Struck off the posted strength of 161st (EA) Fld Amb. Remained on the posted strength of 45 GH, but continued to be attached to 161st (EA) Fld Amb for all purposes.

Malta 29 Mar 1942 Ceased to be attached to 161st (EA) Fld Amb, and posted as RMO 1st/Durham Light Infantry.

Malta 6 June 1943 Posted from 1st/Durham Light Infantry to 90 General Hospital as a General Duties Medical Officer.

Malta Nov 1943 Company Officer No 30 Coy RAMC.

Malta 1944 General Duty Medical Officer 90 GH since 8 June 1943.

Malta 1945 On garrison duty.

28 Feb 1945 Granted a Permanent Regular Army Commission Captain RAMC.

1945 Served with the Middle East Land Force (MELF).

28 Feb 1948 Promoted Major RAMC.

1948 Specialist in Venereology.

1950–1958 Served with the Far East Land Force.

4 Sept 1958 Promoted Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.

1958–1960 Served with the British Army of the Rhine.

1960–1961 Commanding Officer British Military Hospital Munster.

28 Feb 1963 Promoted Colonel L/RAMC.

31 Aug 1965 Retired. Post retirement became Emeritus consultant venereologist Leicester Royal Infirmary.


  • Entry No: 1773. 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.
  • TNA:WO 177/751, War Diaries No 161st (East Anglian) Field Ambulance RAMC September 1939 to September 1943.
  • Obituary, Br Med J (2000); 321: 901 (Published 7 October 2000).
  • TNA:WO 177/1360, War Diaries No 90 General Hospital April 1940 to September 1946.