The Army Medical Department
And the Malta Garrison

The 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.

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.

Baptisms Burials 1836

  • 12 Apr Private baptism of Alfred Buckton Mitchison born on 10 Apr 1836, daughter of Harriet and Deputy Assistant Commissary General Thomas Robinson Mitchison. The child was publicly received into the church on 17 May 1836.
  • 7 July Baptism of Georgina Taylor born on 8 May 1836, daughter of Susannah and Barrack Sgt Richard Taylor.
  • 29 July Baptism of Henry Jones Kerby born on 18 July 1836, son of Angela and Thomas Kerby, an Out Pensioner of Chelsea Hospital.
  • 9 Aug Baptism of Benjamin Atkinson born on 24 July 1836, son of Margaret and Benjamin Atkinson, clerk to the Town Major.
  • 4 Mar Burial of Barrack Sgt Andrew Stewart aged 49 years.
  • 7 Aug Burial of Henry Jones Kerby aged 19 days, son of Angela and Thomas Kerby, a Chelsea out pensioner.
  • 10 Aug Burial of Benjamin Atkinson aged 2 weeks, son of Benjamin Atkinson Town Major's clerk.