Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
John Smith
1828 – 1875

No 287 Surgeon John Smith Chartres

LRCSI (1850) LSA (1857) LKQCPS (1859) MB (Dub 1870) MD (Dub 1870) MA

4 Oct 1828 [Dublin] – 31 Oct 1875 [London]

Surgeon John Smith Chartres served as a staff surgeon throughout the Abyssinian Campaign of 1867–68 when he was in medical charge of the Hospital Ship Queen of the South.

He published his experiences in Report on the Hospital Ship Queen of the South in the Army Medical Department Report vol viii (1866). Other publications were: On Mediterranean Gastric Remittent Fever, Army Medical Department Report vol vii (1865), and Case of aneurysm of the thoracic aorta, Dublin Journal of Medical Science December 1871.

Service Record

9 May 1852 Assistant Surgeon 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot from Acting Assistant Surgeon.

18 Dec 1857 Promoted Staff Assistant Surgeon vice Staff Assistant Surgeon William Alexander Mackinnon who moved to 29th Foot.

1858 At Perth and Birr.

1859 At Birr and Parkhurst.

11 Sept 1860 At Parkhurst. Appointed Staff Surgeon.

16 Nov 1860 Appointed Surgeon 100th (Prince of Wales's Royal Canadian) Regiment of Foot. The vacancy on the Staff was filled by Assistant Surgeon John Alexander McMunn OMD.

Malta 13 Oct 1863 Arrived from Gibraltar.

Malta 1864 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1865 On duty with his regiment at Lower St Elmo Barracks during the outbreak of cholera from 18 to 27 July 1865. Described an outbreak of Malta Fever at Verdala Barracks.

Malta 8 Oct 1866 Left for England.

16 Oct 1866 Promoted Staff Surgeon vice Staff Surgeon Robert William Jackson who moved to 100th Foot.

1867 – 1868 Served in the Expeditionary Force led by Sir Robert Napier to Abyssinia.

13 Jan 1869 Surgeon 8th (The King's Royal Irish) Hussars.

9 May 1872 Surgeon Major 8th Hussars.

1874 Medical officer 43rd Brigade Depot at Chichester.

31 Oct 1875 Died at Clifton House, Hampstead, aged forty-seven years. His four orphans received financial contributions from the Army Medical Officers Benevolent Fund.