Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Burton Robert Graves

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Assistant Surgeon Robert Graves Burton MD (Ed 1853) LRCS (Ed 1853)
24 May 1831 [Eastern Canada] – 17 June 1920 [Ealing]

Service Record — Robert Graves Burton

Robert Graves Burton was the son of Elizabeth Maria and the Reverend James Edmund Burton, rector of Cloyne, who emigrated to Canada after wasting every farthing of his Irish property.1 Was educated at McGill College Montreal and at Edinburgh.

24 Feb 1854 Assistant Surgeon 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot.

Malta Mar 1854 Arrived from England.

Malta 9 Apr 1854 Embarked for Turkey. Served in the Crimea with 77th Foot. He was present at the Battles of Alma, Inkerman, and the Siege of Sebastopol.

Malta 1855 On duty with his regiment.

17 Apr 1857 Staff Assistant Surgeon.
Moved to India. Served in the suppression of the Mutiny, and took part in the siege and final capture of Lucknow.

2 Mar 1858 Awarded by the Sultan the Imperial Order of the Medjidie (5th Class) for his distinguished services before the enemy during the war against Russia.

30 July 1858 Assistant Surgeon 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons.

25 Sept 1860 Staff Assistant Surgeon to the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich.

4 Dec 1863 Resigned because of ill health. Went into practice at Plumstead, Kent, and a few years later moved to Hanwell, where he was for many years medical officer of health.

17 June 1920 Died at Ealing, aged 89 years.


  • Entry No: 5191. William Johnston, Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army, 20 June 1727-23 June 1898. (Aberdeen, University Press, 1917).
  • Succession Book Vol. 4. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  • Obituary, Brit Med J (1920), 2; 30 (Published 3 July 1920).