Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison – 1820

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Malta Garrison – 1820

First Army Sanitary Report

In 1816, Sir James McGrigor, Director General of the Army Medical Department, instituted a system of returns on the sanitary state, morbidity and mortality of troops serving on foreign stations. In 1822, Inspector of Hospitals John Hennen compiled the first annual report on the sanitary state of the Malta Garrison and of the convalescent depôt in Malta for the whole army in the Mediterranean, covering the period 21 December 1821 to 22 December 1822.

In Oct 1835, Secretary at War Lord Howick appointed Major Alexander Tulloch and Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals Henry Marshall, to inquiry into the extent and causes of the sickness and mortality among the troops in the West Indies, so as to establish such measures as might appear likely to diminish the great loss of life annually experienced in these colonies. Tulloch and Marshall utilised the McGrigor series of returns to prepare their account on the sickness and prevailing diseases among the troops in the West Indies from 1817 to 1834.

Subsequently, in May 1836, Lord Howick directed for a series of returns to be produced for each foreign station. On Major Tulloch's retirement in 1836, it fell on Assistant Surgeon Thomas Graham Balfour and Henry Marshall to produce the statistical reports on the health of the troops serving in the United Kingdom and the colonies.

From 1860 onwards, reports on the health of the army were printed annually in Blue Books, and submitted to Parliament.

Marriages and Baptisms 1820

2 Jan Frances Abbott born 4 Dec 1819, daughter of Susan and John Abbott, a servant in the family of Lt Col George Edward Raitt Deputy Assistant Commissariat General.

30 Jan John Griffitt born 10 Jan 1820, son of Anne and John Griffitt.

1 Feb William Charles Cuming born 6 Jan 1820, son of Mary Ann and Deputy Assistant Commissariat General Samuel Cuming.

13 Feb Emma Fancourt born 22 Dec 1819, daughter of Joseph Fancourt, and Mary Smith, wife of Sgt John Smith 31st Regiment.

14 Feb George Bourchier Ward born 23 Dec 1819, son of Elizabeth and Deputy Post Master General George Ward.

3 Mar Susan Lewis born on 5 Feb 1820, daughter of Susannah and Gentleman William Lewis of the Store Keeper General Department.

6 Mar Randolph Routh born 16 April 1819, son of Adelaide Marie Josephine Laminière and Deputy Commissary General Randolph Isham Routh.

26 Sep Peter Batt born on 21 Sep 1820, son of Mary Anne and Sgt James Batt Royal Staff Corps.

21 July Marriage of Bachelor John Seaman Assistant Store Keeper General to Spinster Lucretia Bizzi, a native of Corfu.

Staff Medical Officers

Staff Medical Officers from Malta also served in the Ionian Islands and were regularly moved between the two islands.



  • A list of all the Officers of the Army and Royal Marines. War Office 28 February 1820.
  • TNA:WO 156/594, Register of Baptisms 1820–1839.
  • TNA:WO 334/1, Half-yearly report on the Health of the Army 1819–1820.
  • TNA:WO 17/2231, Returns of the General and Staff officers of the hospitals attached to the forces in Malta (25 January–25 December 1820).
  • Ward S G P., The Peninsular Commissary. Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research 75 (1997), 230-239.