David Bruce Naval Hospital Mtarfa

RAMC Officers of the Malta Garrison
Talbot Norman Graham Guy

Lieutenant Colonel Norman Graham Guy Talbot KBE (1969) MRCS (Eng) LRCP (Lond 1937)
MB BS (Lond 1938) DA (Eng 1939) MRCOG (1951) MD (Lond 1953) FRCOG (1960)

16 Feb 1914 [Hastings Sussex] – 27 Feb 1979

Mtarfa Military Hospital

Mtarfa Military Hospital. The foundation stone was laid on 6 January 1915 by General Sir Leslie Rundle Governor and Commander-in-Chief Malta. It opened on 29 June 1920 with accommodation for six officers and 190 other ranks, but in 1927 had beds equipped for only six officers and 119 men. Sisters' quarters were not completed until 1924.

Educated at Great Yarmouth and Reigate grammar schools, and King's College, London University. He qualified in 1937 and took his MB, BS in 1938. House anaesthetist at King's Hospital; obtained the DA in 1939.

1 Nov 1938 Commissioned Commissioned Lieutenant into the RAMC (TA) from Officer Cadet University of London Contingent (Medical Unit) Senior Division Officer Training Corps.

24 Aug 1939 Short Service Commission Lieutenant RAMC and RMO to the Finsbury Rifles.

22 Nov 1939 Acting Major RAMC.

1939–1940 Served with the British Expeditionary Force in France as a specialist anaesthetist.

24 Aug 1940 Promoted Captain RAMC.

1940–1943 Served with the Middle East Force as a specialist anaesthetist in field medical units in Egypt, Palestine and Syria.

1943–1947 Served with the Central Mediterranean Force.
Took part in the landings in Sicily and Italy with the 8th Army.

16 June 1944 Acting Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.

24 Aug 1944 Permanent Regular Army Commission Captain RAMC.

16 Sept 1944 War Substantive Major RAMC.

1944–1945 Commandant of the British Increment to the Medical Mission of Yugoslavia, OC Gruno Military Hospital.

1945 Commanding Officer German POW Hospital.

1946 Commanding Officer No 45 General Hospital.

1946–1947 Assistant Director of Medical Services GHQ Central Mediterranean Force.

24 Aug 1947 Major RAMC.

1947 Commanding Officer No 154 General Hospital.

1950 Diploma in Obstetrics.

1951 Membership of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

1951–1958 Advisor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology to the War Office, Commanding Officer Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital Aldershot.

1952 Senior Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

1953 MD (London).

16 Apr 1956 Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.

Malta Dec 1958 Arrived from Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital Aldershot as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist David Bruce Military Hospital.

Malta 1959 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist David Bruce Military Hospital.

Malta 1960 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist David Bruce Military Hospital.

1960 Elected FRCOG.

Malta 1961 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist David Bruce Military Hospital.

1961–1963 Served with the British Army of the Rhine as a military hospital consultant.

24 Aug 1962 Colonel L/RAMC.

1963–1966 Advisor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Commanding Officer Louise Margaret Maternity Hospital Aldershot.

1964 Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

1966–1967 Commanding Officer Cambridge Military Hospital Aldershot.

Apr 1966 Appointed an Officer (Brother) of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

1 July 1967 Brigadier L/RAMC.

1967–1968 Deputy Director of Medical Services HQ 1 (Br) Corps.

1968–1969 Commandant and Director of studies at the Royal Army Medical College, Millbank London with the rank of Major-General.

1968 Appointed honorary surgeon to the queen (QHS).

Apr 1969 Became Director General Army Medical Services with the rank of Lieutenant-General.

14 June 1969 Knight Commander of the Most Venerable Order of the British Empire.

Held the appointment of medical director to the Margaret Pyke Centre in Bloomsbury.

"During his four years as DGAMS, Lt Gen Talbot dedicated his efforts single-mindedly to the benefit of all those who came into the care of the Army Medical Services, and to the officers, men and women of the RAMC, RADC and QARANC who provided the care. He regularly undertook strenuous series of visits to medical installations through out the UK, Commonwealth and Allied countries during which he never failed to listen to the views of junior as well as senior ranks, and did much to strength the bonds of friendship with Commonwealth and Allied Military Medical Services".1


  1. Entry No: 1720. Drew R, 1968. Commissioned Officers in the Medical Services of the British Army 1660–1960, Vol II Roll of Officers in the RAMC 1898–1960. London, Wellcome Historical Library.
  2. 1Obituary, Br Med J (1979); 1: 960 (Published 7 April 1979).
  3. Birthday Honours. Br Med J (1969), 2; 5659: 757 (Published 21 June 1969).