Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
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No 18796 Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Parkinson Sykes MB ChB (Liverp 1909) DOMS (1922)
8 Dec 1885 [Bromley Kent] – 30 Oct 1953


Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Parkinson Sykes graduated MB ChB from the University of Liverpool in 1909. In July 1911, he was successful in the examination held in London for commissions in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Forty four candidates competed; twenty were selected. Dr Basil Hamilton Hebden Neven-Spence MB ChB (Ed) of Edinburgh University obtained the highest mark of 622.5; the lowest was 516, scored by Dr William Stewart MB ChB (Ed) of Edinburgh University. Dr S P Sykes came 11th with 544 marks.

Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Parkinson Sykes was commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps on 28 July 1911. In 1919, he served in Afghanistan on the North West Frontier (medal with clasp). In 1922 he became a Specialist in Ophthalmology, having passed the Diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery (DOMS).

Service Record — Stanley Parkinson Sykes

28 July 1911 Appointed Lieutenant RAMC on probation. Posted to Woolwich in February 1912.

May 1913 Change of Station from Woolwich to Kingston upon Thames.

June 1913 Change of Station from Kingston upon Thames to Woolwich.

Sept 1913 Appointed to India.

Nov 1913 Change of Station from Woolwich to Rawalpindi.

Feb 1914 Change of Station from Rawalpindi to Jutogh.

June 1914 Change of Station from Jutogh to Khyra Gali.

28 July 1914 Start of the Great War.
4 Aug 1914 Britain declares war on Germany.

28 Jan 1915 Promoted Captain RAMC.

1919 Served in Afghanistan on the North West Frontier of British India.

17 June 1919–21 Apr 1920 Granted the Acting rank of Lt Col whilst in command of 3 Combined Field Ambulance.

28 July 1923 Promoted Major RAMC.

Malta 24 Oct 1923 Arrived from England.

Malta 1924 On garrison duty.

Malta 1925 On garrison duty.

Malta Oct 1926 Passed his examinations for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.

Malta 17 Sept 1927 Home leave.

Malta 12 Jan 1928 Returned from leave.

Malta 28 Dec 1928 Returned to England.

1929–1931 Specialist in ophthalmology Royal Herbert Hospital Woolwich.

1931–1932 Commanding Officer the Citadel Military Hospital Cairo.

1932–1934 BMH Military Hospital Khartoum.

1 May 1934 Promoted Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.

9 Oct 1935–30 Nov 1936 Served with No 3 General Hospital in Egypt.

27 Jan 1936 Arrived in England from Egypt.

1937–1939 Military Hospital Tidworth.

31 July 1937 At Andover Parish Church, marriage of Arthur Garland, youngest son of Dr and Mrs A Garland of Capel St Mary, Ipswich, to Phyllis Marie Sykes, daughter of Lieutenant Colonel S P Sykes RAMC.

1939 Royal Victoria Hospital Netley.

1939–1940 Officer in Charge Medical Division No 1 General Hospital, British Expeditionary Force in France.

8 Dec 1940 Retired but remained employed.

1940 Commanding Officer 11 Ambulance Train.

8 Sept 1941 Re-employed. Reverted to the rank of Major at his own request whilst employed during the present emergency.

12 Dec 1944 Reverted to retired pay on ceasing to be employed and was restored the rank of Lt Colonel.


  • Entry No: 771. 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 XXIV, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.