Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
William Grantt
1831 – 1884

396 Surgeon William Grantt MB (Aberd 1854) LRCS (Ed 1854)

16 July 1831 [Elgin) – 23 May 1884 [Inverness]

William Grantt
Assistant Surgeon William Grantt 31st Regt. (Lt Col Foster's collection of Netley photos - courtesy AMS Archives)

Surgeon William Grantt was born at Struan Grove House near Elgin on 16 July 1831. He qualified MB from Marischal College Aberdeen in 1854 and obtained the Diploma of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on 1 August 1854. He entered the Army Medical Department as an Assistant Surgeon on 9 June 1854.

He served in the Eastern Campaign from 12 November to 28 December 1854 and from 1 July 1855 including the siege and fall of Sebastopol and the attack on 8 September 1855. He received the Crimea Medal with clasp and the Turkish Medal.

Surgeon William Grantt participated in the North China Campaign of 1860 and was involved in the actions on Sinho and the storming of Tangku. He received the China Medal with clasp for Taku Forts.

He published a paper entitled: On the postmortem action of the gastric juice on the stomach.

Service Record

9 June 1854 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

1854–1855 On duty in Dublin.

12 Nov 1854–28 Dec 1854 Served in the Crimea.

29 June 1855 Appointed Assistant Surgeon 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot.

Malta 8 June 1856 Arrived from the Crimea. On duty at Fort Chambray, Gozo.

Malta 12 May 1857 Left for Gibraltar.

1860–1862–1863 Served in North China, including the action at Sinho and storming of Tangku.

22 May 1866 Became Surgeon 87th (The Royal Irish Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot vice Surgeon Thomas Carey who was placed on half-pay.

21 July 1866 Surgeon 2nd/1st, The Royal Regiment of Foot.

5 July 1871 Staff Surgeon.

1871 On duty in Aldershot.

1872 On duty in Inverness.

1873 On duty in Aberdeen and Dublin.

June 1873 Medical Officer 97th Regiment of Foot.

9 June 1874 Surgeon Major.

Feb 1878 Moved from 97th Foot to the Staff Nova Scotia.

Apr 1878 Moved from Nova Scotia to Davenport.

1878–1879 On duty in Brecon.

26 June 1879 Retired with the honorary rank of Deputy Surgeon–General.

15 Nov 1884 The British Medical Journal gives his date and place of death as London 15 November 1884. This differs from the entry in Drew's Roll which gives Inverness and 23 May 1884 as his place and date of death.