Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Gray John Caughey

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Assistant Surgeon John Caughey Gray
3 Jan 1825 [Belfast Co Antrim] – 14 July 1850 [Malta]

Service Record — John Caughey Gray

3 Apr 1849 Assistant Surgeon 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot.

Malta 5 Jan 1849 Arrived from England.

Malta May 1850 Became the second assistant surgeon 44th Foot, following the amalgamation of the 44th with Reserve Bn 44th Regiment.

Malta 14 July 1850 Died of Asiatic Cholera at his quarters in Vittoriosa, after a few hours illness.
Was buried at Rock Gate Cemetery Cospicua.

The Malta Mail reporting his death said of him that: "He was most indefatigable in administering to the wants of the poor fellows whose sufferings brought them under his notice, that he succumbed to the disease, dying a martyr to his professional devotion".1

A memorial was erected over his grave by his comrades in the 44th Foot.2

Gray was succeeded in the regiment by assistant surgeon John Gibbons


  • Entry No: 4993. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 (20 June 1727-23 June 1898), Aberdeen (1917).
  • Succession Book Vol 5 (1 May 1846). Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  • 1The Malta Mail and United Service Journal 19 July 1850: 420.
  • 2Malta Mail and United Service Journal No 462, 9 May 1851.