Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Woodley Richard Nason

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Lieutenant Richard Nason Woodley DSO (1917)
12 Sep 1875 [Leeds] – 29 Sep 1964


Colonel Richard Nason Woodley was the son of Mr F W Woodley JP DL and Jane Woodley nee Mason. He was educated at St Fauthnan's College. In January 1901, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the RAMC. He served in the South African War (1900-02), the Great War (1915-1918) in France and Belgium and was mentioned twice in despatches.

Service Record — Richard Nason Woodley

11 Oct 1899–31 May 1902 Anglo Boer War.

1900 Civilian Surgeon at home.

29 Jan 1901 Lieutenant RAMC.

1901–1903 Served in South Africa. Awarded the Queen's Medal with five clasps.

Malta 8 Apr 1903 Arrived from South Africa.
On duty at Crete.

Malta 29 Jan 1904 Promoted Captain RAMC.

Malta 21 Aug 1904 Home leave.

Malta 17 Dec 1904 Returned to Malta.
Officer-in-Charge women and children Verdala District Cottonera.

Malta June 1905 On duty at Cottonera district.
Officer in charge of women and children, Verdala District.

Malta 23 July 1905 Home leave.

Malta 24 Sept 1905 Returned to Malta.

Malta Dec 1905 Officer in charge Ghajn Tuffieha Non Diet hospital.

Malta Jan 1906 Officer-in-Charge Ghajn Tuffieha Hospital.

Malta 12 Mar 1906 Returned to England

29 Oct 1912 Promoted Major RAMC.

28 July 1914 Start of the Great War.

4 Aug 1914 Britain declares war on Germany.

1 Jan 1917 Made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).

7 Oct 1917 Acting Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.

1915–1919 Served in France.

1918–1919 Assistant Director of Medical Services HQ 1st Cavalry Division British Expeditionary Force.

19 Apr 1918 Temporary Lieutenant Colonel.

11 May 1918 Temporary Colonel.

5 Aug 1920 Retired.


  • Entry No: 222. 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.
  • Succession Books Vol XXI, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
  • TNA:WO 95/3988-91, War Diary: Matron-in-Chief, BEF, France and Flanders.
  • O'Moore C., and Humphris E. M., The VC and DSO Vol III from 1 January 1916 to 12 June 1923.