Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
West John Henry

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337 Assistant Surgeon John Henry West MD (Glasg 1853) LRCS (Ed 1853)
2 July 1831 [Enniskillen] – 30 Nov 1878 [Dublin]


Assistant Surgeon John Henry West qualified MD Glasgow in 1853. He entered the Army Medical Department as an Assistant Surgeon on 24 March 1854.

He served with the 21st Fusiliers throughout the Eastern Campaign of 1854–1855 and was present at Alma, Inkerman, the siege and fall of Sebastopol and the Expedition to Kinbourn. He received the Crimea Medal with clasp and the Turkish Medal.

Assistant Surgeon John Henry West died in Dublin, aged 47 years.

Service Record — John Henry West

24 Mar 1854 Assistant Surgeon 1st/21st (Royal North British) Fusiliers Regiment of Foot.

Malta 28 May 1856 Arrived from the Crimea.

28 Dec 1856 Left Malta for England.

Malta 20 Apr 1857 Returned from England.

Malta 1858 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1859 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 16 Mar 1860 Left for the West Indies.

16 Feb 1864 Staff Surgeon.

1864–1865 On duty at Colchester.

12 Jan 1866 Surgeon 2nd/11th (North Devonshire) Regiment of Foot. He served as the medical officer of the 2nd/11th Foot until March 1875, when he moved to the 59th Brigade Depot at Paisley.

1876 On duty at Paisley.

1 Mar 1877 Reduced to half-pay.

30 Nov 1878 Died in Dublin, aged 47 years.


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