Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Symons Frank Albert

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Captain Frank Albert Symons DSO (1915) CMG (1917) MB (Ed 1891)
28 Apr 1869 [Nova Scotia] – 30 Apr 1917 [Athies]

Service Record — Frank Albert Symons

30 Jan 1893 Surgeon-Lieutenant.

30 Jan 1896 Surgeon-Captain.

11 Oct 1899–31 May 1902 Anglo–Boer War

1899–1900 Served in South Africa.

Malta Dec 1903 Embarked for Malta.

30 Oct 1904 Major RAMC.

14 Nov 1907 Birth of a daughter at the Officers' Quarters, Queen Alexandra Military Hospital Milbank.

28 July 1914 Start of the Great War.

4 Aug 1914 Britain declares war on Germany.

1 Mar 1915 Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.

18 Nov 1915 Temporary Colonel whilst serving as Assistant Director Medical Services of a Division.

30 Apr 1917 Served in the Great War of 1914. Was killed in action whilst serving as ADMS 9th Division, aged 48 years. Buried at St Nicolas British War Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

Author of short stories: Prince John of Streplitz (1913), Cicily in Ceylon (1914), tale of a Casualty Clearing Station (1917). In his Tale of a CCS, Symonds gives a description of the Chapel Ward in Saint Joseph College, a boarding school at Saint Omer, France where No 10 Stationary Hospital was based.


  • Entry No: 7391. 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.
  • Foreign Postings Malta, J R Army Med Corps, Vol I: 3; September 1903.