Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
Octavius Prichard
1785 – 1857

Surgeon Octavius Prichard MD (Aberd 1818)

29 Jan 1785 – 28 Nov 1857 [Northampton]

Service Record

8 Sep 1803 Appointed Hospital Mate.

8 Sep 1803 – 4 Nov 1809 On duty in England. As Hospital Mate in the Eastern District he frequently had the whole charge of the Depôt for almost two years, and was made an Army Medical Cadet by the Inspector General.

25 Feb 1808 Appointed Assistant Surgeon 10th (North Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot.

5 Nov 1809 – 6 May 1810 Served at Gibraltar and Malta.

7 May 1810 – Mar 1812 On duty in Sicily. He was in charge of the 1st/10th Regiment at the Faro Point Messina during Murat demonstration.

As acting surgeon to the cavalry of the Duke of Brunswick was recommended by the Inspector of Hospitals for Foreign Troops Sir Lewis Versturme to take charge of the Ophthalmia Hospital at Monte Santa in Sicily.

Mar 1812 – Sep 1813 On duty on the East Coast of Spain. Was present in the Battle of Castalla (13 April 1813) as part of an Anglo Spanish Sicilian Force commanded by Lt Gen Sir John Murray, from where he conveyed the wounded to Alicante.

Was resident medical officer at the General Hospital Alicante from the Battle of Castalla until his promotion to surgeon in May 1813.

13 May 1813 Promoted Surgeon 10th (North Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot.

13 Sep 1813 – Feb 1814 On duty in Sicily.

Malta Mar 1814 Arrived from Sicily.

Malta 1815 Surgeon 10th Foot.

Malta 1815 – 1816 Was in charge of both battalions 10th Regiment of Foot, the 2nd Battalion suffering severely with ophthalmia at Malta.

16 May 1816 Left the 1st/10th Regiment on sick leave.

July 1816 – 25 Mar 1818 On sick leave in England.

26 Mar 1818 Retired upon half-pay of the New Brunswick Fencibles, because his sick leave was not extended after his two years absence.