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703 Brigade Surgeon James Wilson MB (Dubl 1857) LRCSI (1858)
14 Jan 1836 [Dublin] – 15 May 1909 [Guildford]


Brigade Surgeon James Wilson was the son of Thomas Wilson Esq of Westbury Stillorgan, Dublin. He qualified MB from Trinity College Dublin in 1857 and became a Fellow of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

He entered the Army Medical Department in August 1858 and served in the Afghan War of 1878–1880. He took part in the Hisarak Expedition and was mentioned in despatches.

Brigade Surgeon James Wilson was also in the Egyptian Expedition of 1882 for which he received the Egypt Medal and the Khedive's Bronze Star.

Service Record — James Wilson

5 Aug 1858 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

24 Sep 1858 Assistant Surgeon 2nd/3rd (East Kent–The Buffs) Regiment of Foot.

Malta 20 Oct 1858 Arrived from England.

Malta 1859 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1860 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1860 PMO Malta reported: Requires experience in the service. Cases fairly kept.

Malta 1861 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 14 Feb 1862 Returned from home leave.

Malta 10 June 1862 Left for Gibraltar.

July 1865 While at British Demerara, (British Guyana), published two cases of cerebro spinal meningitis with remarks in the Army Medical Department Report (1867); XI: 319.

26 June 1867 Assistant Surgeon Royal Artillery. Served with C Bde Royal Horse Artillery (1868–1870) and with B Bde Royal Horse Artillery (1871–1873).

1 Mar 1873 Promoted Surgeon Army Medical Department.

1 Apr 1873 Promoted Surgeon Major. Moved from the Royal Artillery to the Medical Staff at Canterbury.

1874–1879 On duty in Bengal.

1878–1880 Took part in the second Afghan War where he was said to have rendered good service. Was on the expedition to the Hisarak Valley.

25 Oct 1878 Escorted by two Sowars over the Kohat Pass on proceeding on duty from Kohat to Fort Garnett Peshawar. His escort was granted to him to rejoin his battery 1/A Royal Horse Artillery at Peshawar during the start of the Afghan War.

Jan 1881 Moved to Aldershot.

Sep 1882 Served in the Egyptian War.

Oct 1882 Returned to Aldershot from Egypt.

Oct 1887 Surgeon Major J Wilson MB serving in Bengal at the station hospital at Roorkee was appointed to the civil medical charge of Roorkee, during the absence of Brigade Surgeon S C Amesbury.

May 1888 Moved from Bengal to Aldershot. On 7 May 1888, he was residing at the Victoria Hotel, Victoria Road Aldershot when he assumed the medical charge of the Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Artillery from Surgeon Thomas Frederick MacNeece Medical Staff.

7 May 1889 Promoted Brigade Surgeon, ranking as Lieutenant Colonel, on the promotion of Brigade Surgeon Charles Herve Giraud to Deputy Surgeon General (Surgeon Colonel).

Aug 1889 Moved from Aldershot to the Curragh. Appointed Senior Medical Officer to the Curragh Brigade.

14 Feb 1891 Placed on retired pay. The vacancy of Brigade Surgeon created on his retirement was filled by Surgeon Major Thomas O'Farrell.

9 Jan 1898 In medical charge of troops at Warwick. In February, he relinquished his medical charge of troops at Warwick.

Nov 1901 Relinquished the medical charge of troops at Aldershot.

15 May 1909 Died at Dean's Grove, Guildford aged 74 years from a heart attack. He left a widow, son and daughter. He was buried in Stoughton Cemetery on 19 May following a funeral service at Holy Trinity Church Guildford.


  • Drew R., 1968. Entry No: 5764. Medical Officers in the British Army 1660 – 1960. Volume 1: 1660 – 1898. London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
  • RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
  • Statistical, Sanitary and Medical Reports of the Army Medical Department. Army Medical Department Report for 1867 Vol XI. London 1869.
  • TNA:WO 25/3944, Confidential Reports on Medical Officers (August 1860–June 1861).
  • Succession Book Vol 11. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  • The Egyptian Expedition Br Med J (1882), 697 (Published 7 October 1882).
  • Naval and Military Medical Services Br Med J (1887), 857 (Published 15 October 1887).
  • Naval and Military Medical Services Br Med J (1889), 1206 (Published 25 May 1889).