Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
Thomas Macdougall
1828 – 1882

327 Assistant Surgeon Thomas Macdougall Bleckley

BA (Dubl 1847) MB (1852) LRCSI (1853) LM (Rotunda Hosp Dubl 1853)

MD (1865 Dubl) Hon FKQCPI (1874) CB (Mil 1874)

13 Dec 1828 [Monaghan] – 23 Nov 1882 [Upper Norwood]

Staff Surgeon Thomas Macdougall Bleckley was the only surviving son of the Reverend John Bleckley MA, minister of the First Presbyterian Church at Monaghan. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated MB in 1852, and in the following year became a licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He entered the Army Medical Department in 1854.

Staff Surgeon Thomas Macdougall Bleckley served with the 14th Regiment in the Crimea from 19 January 1855. He was in the siege and fall of Sebastopol, where he did duty in the trenches. He received the Crimean medal with clasp and the Turkish medal.

He was promoted to the rank of surgeon in 1863, and, resuming his studies at Dublin, took the degree of MD in 1865, and graduated as MA and LLB in 1872, receiving also the honorary fellowship of the King and Queen's College of Physicians in Dublin.

From 1873 to 1874, Staff Surgeon T. Macdougall Bleckley served in the Ashanti Campaign in medical charge of the Hospital Ship Victor Emanuel at Cape Coast Castle. He was mentioned in despatches and made a CB.

For some years he served on the medical staff in Bengal, and, while holding the office of Secretary to the Inspector-General of Hospitals in India, was twice thanked by the Governor-General in Council. He published a Code of regulations for the guidance of the British Medical Department in the Bengal Presidency which was compiled under orders of Government, (Calcutta 1873 pp 815). He also published a Report upon HMS Victor Emanuel, AMD Report Vol 15 (1873).

Service Record

Siege of Sebastopol.

6 Jan 1854 Staff Assistant Surgeon vice Assistant Surgeon Thomas Dehane Lightbody, promoted Staff Surgeon 2nd Class on 4 November 1853.

3 Feb 1854 Assistant Surgeon 1st/14th (Buckinghamshire) Regiment of Foot, promoted from staff.

Malta 13 May 1854 Arrived from England.

7 June 1854 Left for Turkey.

Malta 30 Dec 1854 Returned to Malta.

Malta 9 Jan 1855 Left for the Crimea on board the Emeu.
Served with the 14th Regiment in the Crimea from 19 January 1855 including the siege and fall of Sebastopol, where he did duties in the trenches.

Malta 9 June 1856 Arrived from Corfu.

Malta 1857 On duty at Cottonera with 14th Foot.

Malta 27 Aug 1858 Returned to Corfu.

22 Sep 1863 Appointed Staff Surgeon.
Resumed his studies in Dublin, and took the degree of MD in 1865.

22 Sep 1865 Promoted Surgeon 46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of Foot, from 1st/14th Foot.

10 Oct 1865 Married at St Stephen's Church, Dublin, by the Rev John Hamilton, BA, and cousin to the bridegroom, Thomas Macdougall Bleckley Surgeon 46th Regiment, son of the Rev John Bleckley MA, Monaghan, to Lily, eldest daughter of Andrew Hamilton Esq, 6, Somerset-place, Raglan-road, Dublin.

7 Dec 1867 Promoted Staff Surgeon vice William Henry Yates who became surgeon 41st Foot.

1868 – 1873 Served in India.

29 Mar 1871 On duty in Simla. From the 1830s, Simla was the summer residence of the Governor General and Viceroy of India.

1872 Became MA and LLB and received the Honorary Fellowship of the King and Queen's College of Physicians in Dublin.

15 Mar 1872 Died at the Shrubbery Simla, John Mollam Hamilton eldest child of Thomas Macdougall Bleckley, Secretary to the Inspector General of Hospitals aged four years and two months.

1873 At the Royal Victoria Hospital Netley.

Nov 1873 To the Gold Coast from Netley.

1873 – 1874 Took part in the Ashanti Expedition, on the Gold Coast, where he was in medical charge of the Hospital Ship Victor Emanuel and other military transports in harbour at Cape Coast Castle.

6 Jan 1874 Appointed Surgeon Major.

Mar 1874 – 1879 At the Royal Victoria Hospital Netley.

31 Mar 1874 Appointed an Ordinary Member of the Division of the Third Class, or Companion Of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) for his services during the Ashanti Campaign.

24 Jan 1880 Retired on half-pay with the rank of Honorary Brigade-Surgeon Army Medical Department.

Received the thanks of the Senate of the Army Medical School for his lectures at the Lunatic Asylum, Netley.

23 Nov 1882 Died at Lorne Home, Upper Norwood aged 53 years.