Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Neale Melville

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Assistant Surgeon Melville Neale MD (St And 1865)
3 Apr 1813 – 1 Nov 1868

Service Record — Melville Neale

Son of Physician to the Forces Adam Neale.

18 Sep 1835 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

13 Dec 1835–27 Apr 1840 Served in the Mediterranean.

16 Sep 1836 Assistant Surgeon 92nd (Highland) Regiment of Foot.
Arrived at Malta with his regiment.

Malta 15 Nov 1836 On leave.

Malta 9 June–11 Oct 1837 Epidemic of Cholera.

Malta Sept 1837 Brought to the attention of the Director General Army Medical Department through the Special Report of Brigade-Surgeon Palmer Charles Quartley, 92nd Foot, for his services during the cholera epidemic.

Malta 1838 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 25 Feb–Aug 1839 Away on leave.

Malta 13 Mar 1840 Rejoined the 92nd Regiment.

Malta 27 Apr 1840 Left Malta.

17 June 1842 Promoted Assistant Surgeon 7th (The Princess Royals) Dragoon Guards, vice Assistant Surgeon Thomas Beavan promoted Staff Surgeon of the Second Class. The vacancy in 92nd Foot was filled by Gentleman William Bowie who was commissioned Assistant Surgeon.

22 June 1843 At the church of St Marylebone, London, marriage of Melville Neale MD 7th Hussars, youngest son of Physician to the Forces Adam Neale, to Rebecca, youngest daughter of Robert Thomson Esq of Camphill, Glasgow.

5 Dec 1843 Assistant Surgeon Royal Military College Sandhurst.

7 Feb 1845 Death of Rebbecca, spouse of Assistant Surgeon Melville, Royal Military College Sandhurst.

19 Mar 1852 Staff Surgeon 2nd Class.

1854 Staff Surgeon 2nd Class Royal Military College.

Served in the Crimean War.

1856 Assistant Surgeon Royal Military College Sandhurst.

1 Oct 1858 Staff Surgeon Major.

4 Sep 1860 Surgeon 18th Light Dragoons.
Exchanged from Staff with Surgeon Edward Scott Docker 18th Light Dragoons.

18 July 1862 Retired to half-pay with the honorary rank of Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals. The vacancy in 18th Hussars was filled by Surgeon Henry March Webb 12th Foot.


  • Entry No: 4425. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 (20 June 1727-23 June 1898), Aberdeen (1917).
  • TNA:WO 25/3901, Records of Service – Officers of the Medical Department (1790–1847).
  • Succession Book Vol 2 (1 May 1846). Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  • United Service Magazine and Naval and Military Journal 1843 Part II Vol 42.