Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Roberts Frederick

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Assistant Surgeon Frederick Roberts
24 Dec 1812 – 22 June 1858 [Benares (Varanasi)]


Staff Surgeon of the First Class Frederick Roberts was the eight surviving son of the Reverend William Roberts, Rector of Llanddeiniolen Caernarvonshire. He died at Benares on 22 June 1858, aged 46 years.

Service Record — Frederick Roberts

11 Aug 1837 Commissioned Staff Assistant Surgeon, vice Staff Assistant Surgeon William Dick promoted Assistant Surgeon 12th Foot.

3 Nov 1837 Promoted Assistant Surgeon 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot, vice Assistant Surgeon William Kemlo who moved to 70th Foot.

Malta 25 Sept 1838 Arrived from Ireland.

Malta 1839 Assistant Surgeon 59th Foot.

Malta 18 Apr 1840 Left for the Ionian Islands with his regiment.

6 Apr–5 July 1840 On leave.

16 Aug 1844 While an assistant surgeon 59th Regiment published at Portsmouth On Military Hygiene and particularly upon the clothing of soldiers.

25 Sept 1846 Staff Surgeon 2nd Class.

20 May 1847 At Exeter, Surgeon to the Forces F Roberts Esq married Katharine, daughter of Lieut General Herbert and grand daughter of Col W Anstruther of Balcaskie Fifeshire.

Jan 1850 The Army list of 1850 (corrected to 27 Dec 1849) lists him as stationed in Canada.

4 Nov 1853 Appointed Surgeon 89th Regiment of Foot vice Surgeon Michael McDermott who retired upon half pay.

8 Dec 1854 Promoted Staff Surgeon 1st Class. Served in the Crimean War.

15 Oct 1856 Relegated to half-pay with the rank of Staff Surgeon of the First Class.

15 Sept 1857 First Class Staff Surgeon Frederick Roberts was selected by the Director General of the Army Medical Department and the Minister for War to represent the medical officers of the British Army at the congress of the Ophthalmic Society at Brussels.1

1 Oct 1857 Returned to full-pay as Staff Surgeon of the First Class.

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.

22 June 1858 Died at Benares.


  • Entry No: 4489. 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).
  • 1The Dublin Hospital Gazette 1857, Edinburgh 4:288 Browne and Nolan dated 15 September 1857.