The Army Medical Department
And the Malta Garrison

The Malta Garrison – 1837

Asiatic Cholera

Jenkins Cure for Cholera

The following was advanced as a cure for cholera: Pure Strychnine, one grain and a half, powdered white sugar, 36 grains. Mix intimately and divide into 18 powders. Take one pill at onset and repeat every quarter hour for the first hour, then every half an hour for the second and third hour, and every hour until symptoms abate. Twelve pills are sufficient but 18 may be required. Use also unlimited quantities of pure cold water.

Naval Burials

The first recorded death from cholera at the Royal Naval Hospital Bighi took place on 20 June 1837. The register of postmortems kept by John Liddell (1794-1868), shows 14 postmortems on cholera victims carried out between that date and 29 Sep 1837.

Lloyd and Coulter quote only 5 deaths in 62 cases of cholera. The first naval victims to arrive for post mortem were five from HMS Hermes between 20 June and 30 June 1837. There then followed two cases from HMS Rodney in July and four cases from HM Cutter Hind in August. At the end of September, three men from HMS Vanguard were found on post mortem to have died of cholera.


In 1837, the Superintendent of Quarantine Hector Greig, called for the erection of a Plague Hospital at the lazaretto, as none had existed, and the building then known as the Plague Hospital was inadequate.

Baptisms 1837

  • 6 June Baptism of Amelia Susannah Phillis Terry born on 20 Jan 1837, daughter of Eliza Therould and Lt Col Robert Terry Town Adjutant of Malta.
  • 26 June Baptism of Martha Bremner born on 7 June 1837, daughter of Eliza and Barrack Sgt Thomas Bremner.
  • 27 July Baptism of Wallace Cartledge Major born on 2 Apr 1837, son of Catherine and Assistant Commissary General Francis William Amiable Carpenter Major.