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Of the Malta Garrison – 1836

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Malta Garrison – 1836

Malta Garrison

The average strength of the garrison was 108 officers and 2,592 men.

On 1 Oct 1836, Maj-Gen Henry Frederick Bouverie became Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Malta Garrison. From 1836, Malta reverted to being administered by a Governor rather than by a Lieutenant Governor as it had been since 1827. Hector Grieg, a former superintendent of the Quarantine Department, became Chief Secretary to the Government, vice Frederick Hankey.

Burials 1836

  • 4 Jan: Seaman John Wright HMS Vernon.
  • 4 Mar: Barrack Sgt Andrew Stewart 49 years.
  • 13 Mar: Catherine McDougall 47 years.
  • 12 Apr: Jane Birkett aged 40 years.
  • 18 May: Purser William E. Bushall HMS Vernon.
  • 12 June: Pte Marine John Hay (alias Mailott) HMS Thunderer.
  • Pte Marine William West HMS Barham.
  • Boatswain's mate John Hayes HMS Pluto.
  • Pte Marine William Hacklate HMS Caledonia.
  • Dmr Marine John Lucas HMS Thunderer.
  • Able Seaman Thomas Adams HMS Canopus.
  • Ordinary Robert Scarlett HMS Thunderer.
  • Able Seaman John Wright HMS Vernon.
  • Boy Henry Morey HMS Thunderer.
  • Pte Marine John Nanstone HMS Canopus.
  • 7 Aug: Henry Jones Kerby 19 days, son of Thomas Kerby, a Chelsea out Pensioner.
  • 10 Aug: Benjamin Atkinson aged 2 weeks, son of Benjamin Atkinson Town Major's clerk.
  • 20 Aug: Able Seaman Mathew Calvin 31 years, HMS Barham.

Burials during Oct, Nov, Dec 1836 from the Naval Hospital Malta.

  • Pte Marine Thomas Cooper HMS Vernon.
  • Pte Marine George Cunell HMS Edinburgh.
  • Ordinary Charles Bayley HMS Canopus.
  • Gun Crew Joseph Russell HMS Thunderer.
  • Pte Marine Joseph Searle HMS Caledonia.
  • Pte Marine William Freeman HMS Asia.
  • Pte Marine Stephen Grer HMS Vanguard.
  • Gun Crew John Richardson HMS Revenge.
  • Pte Marine Joseph Price HMS Vernon.
  • 26 Dec: Midshipman Edward Augustus Down HMS Vanguard.
  • Ordinary Charles Ford HMS Vanguard.
  • Boy George Gillman HMS Barham.
  • Seaman Francesco Mizzi HMS Asia.

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, the 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 utilized 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.



  • A list of all the Officers of the Army and Royal Marines. War Office 15 January 1836.
  • TNA:WO 17/2142, Returns of the General and Staff officers of the hospitals attached to the Forces in Malta (1 January–1 December 1836).
  • TNA:WO 156/121. Register of burials 1830 – 1837
  • The Blue Book for 31 December 1836.