Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
Alfred Crocker
1817 – 1888

No 119 Surgeon Alfred Crocker MRCS (Eng 1840)

27 Dec 1817 [London] – 22 Sep 1888 [Southsea]

Alfred Crocker
Surgeon Major Alfred Crocker 2nd/3rd Regt
(Lt Col Foster's collection of Netley photos – Courtesy AMS Archives)

Surgeon General Alfred Crocker qualified MRCS in 1840 and entered the Army Medical Department on 26 January 1844.

His five sons all served in the army: Major G D Crocker Royal Munster Fusiliers, Major S F Crocker 9th Hodson's Horse, Major B E Crocker Welsh Regiment, Major A G Crocker 22nd Sam Browne's Cavalry and Major Henry Leonard Crocker Royal Marine Light Infantry who died 18 July 1904 at West Malling Kent.1 On 4 August 1909, Major A G Crocker 22nd Cavalry Indian Army became engaged to Marguerite Angela Vallings, younger daughter of Colonel Vallings Indian Army of St Leonards-on-Sea.

Surgeon General Alfred Crocker served through the Crimean War with the 2nd/1st Foot from 22 April 1855 and was at the siege and fall of Sebastopol (medal with clasp and the Turkish Medal). His father was also in the Crimea with the 67th Regiment while his grandfather had served in the American War of Independence.

Surgeon General Alfred Crocker published a Case of compression in popliteal aneurysm; Army Medical Report V (1863). He died suddenly at Southsea on 22 September 1888, aged 70 years.

Service Record

26 Jan 1844 Commissioned Assistant Surgeon Staff on the death of Assistant Surgeon Staff Thomas Halliday Young at Port Royal Jamaica on 15 December 1843.

1844 – 1845 Served in Jamaica.

1846 – 1850 Moved to Honduras.

1850 Posted from Honduras to Dublin.

1851 On duty in Queenstown.

17 June 1851 Appointed Assistant Surgeon 55th (Westmoreland) Regiment of Foot vice Assistant Surgeon Henry Clinton Foss promoted surgeon 2nd Foot.

28 Mar 1854 Promoted surgeon 2nd/1st, The Royal Regiment of Foot from 55th Foot.

22 Apr 1855 Served in the Crimean War with 2nd/1st Foot, including the siege and fall of Sebastopol.

Malta 3 July 1856 Arrived from England. At St George's Bay Barracks.

29 Sep 1856 Burial at Malta of his son Henry Arthur Crocker, aged 2 years.

Malta 16 April 1857 In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta, Alfred Crocker widower, born in the parish of St Martin's London, son of Edward and Ann Crocker, surgeon of HM 1st Royal Regiment married Mary Delamain, spinster born in the parish of Hanwell Middlesex, daughter of Edward Smith and Jessie Anna Delamain. The marriage was witnessed by Rose Catharine Crocker.

Malta 21 May Left for Gibraltar.

23 July 1858 Exchanged with Staff Surgeon 2nd Class William Woodroffe.

Reprimanded for delegating to another officer an operation upon a senior officer.

1859 – 1860 On duty in Chatham.

14 Aug 1860 Surgeon 2nd/3rd (East Kent-The Buffs) Regiment of Foot.

Malta 6 Sep 1860 Arrived from England.

24 Sep 1860 Burial of Alfred Delamain Crocker aged 1 year 3 months, son of Surgeon A Crocker at Ta' Braxia Cemetery Pietà.

Malta 1861 Surgeon 2nd/3rd Foot.

12 Jan 1861 PMO Malta stated that he was very intelligent and zealous. His hospital well regulated and clean.

Malta 24 Aug 1861 Baptism of Alice Mary Crocker.

Malta 10 June 1862 Left for Gibraltar.

26 Jan 1864 Promoted Surgeon–Major 3rd Foot having completed twenty years' full-pay service in accordance with the Royal Warrant of 1 October 1858.

7 Apr 1870 Staff Surgeon Major.

1870 – 1871 At Devonport.

17 Feb 1872 Promoted to the rank of Deputy Surgeon–General Army Medical Department.

1872 – 1874 Principal Medical Officer Hong Kong.

Feb 1875 Principal Medical Officer Hong Kong. Succeeded by Deputy Surgeon general Thomas Moorhead.

Sept 1875 On his return from China was appointed to the Staff at Cork as Principal Medical Officer vice Deputy Surgeon General Miah William Murphy.

1875 – 1877 Principal Medical Officer Cork.

27 Dec 1877 Retired with the honorary rank of Surgeon–General.

22 Sep 1888 Died suddenly at Southsea, aged 71 years.