Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Watson Robert

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380 Surgeon Robert Watson LRCS (Ed 1853)
31 Mar 1831 [Montrose] – 15 Mar 1875 [Edinburgh]


Surgeon Robert Watson qualified LRCS in 1853 and entered the Army Medical Department as an Assistant Surgeon on 26 May 1854.

He had no war record.

While on half-pay, Surgeon Robert Watson published:

Observations on the suspended matters in the land, sea and air at the Royal Victoria Hospital Netley, June 1870. Appendix XXV to the Report of the Army Medical Department for 1869 Vol 11; 529.

Service Record — Robert Watson

26 May 1854 Assistant Surgeon 91st (Argyllshire) Regiment of Foot.

Malta 26 May 1854 Arrived from Queenstown on the transport St George.

Malta 1855 On duty with 91st Regiment.

Malta 1856 On duty with 91st Regiment.

19 Mar 1861 Appointed Staff Assistant Surgeon, vice Staff Assistant Surgeon Edward Knapp Wurtele Smith, who became Assistant Surgeon 56th Foot. Wurtele Smith died on 31 December 1861.

1862 On duty in Colchester.

1863 On duty in New Zealand.

17 Nov 1863 Appointed Assistant Surgeon Military Train.

22 Sept 1865 Appointed Staff Surgeon.

1865–1867 On duty in New Zealand.

1867 On duty in Colchester.

1868–1869 On duty at the Cape of Good Hope.

26 Feb 1870 Reduced to half-pay.

22 Feb 1871 Restored to full-pay and was posted to Manchester.

2 Aug 1872 Appointed Surgeon 1st/18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot, vice Richard Uniacke Cashman who retired 3 August 1872.

Malta 7 Sept 1872 Arrived from England.

Malta 30 June 1873 Returned to England on sick leave.

Malta 6 Sept 1873 Retired to half-pay.


  • Drew R., 1968. Entry No: 5272. Medical Officers in the British Army 1660 – 1960. Volume I: 1660 – 1898. London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
  • RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
  • Succession Books Vol VII. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.