Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
Digby William Lawlor
1831 – 1866

No 308 Surgeon Digby William Lawlor LRCSI (1852)

7 Nov 1831 [Queen's Co] – 13 May 1866 [Montreal Canada]

Surgeon Digby William Lawlor served with the 38th Regiment throughout the Eastern Campaign of 1854 – 1855. He was at the Battles of Alma, Inkerman, the fall of Sebastopol and the attack of 18 June. He received a medal with three clasps, the Order of the Medjidie 5th Class and the Turkish Medal.

Surgeon Digby William Lawlor also participated in the Indian Mutiny of 1857 – 1858 and was at the storming and capture of Meangunge, the siege and capture of Lucknow and the actions of Barre and Nugger. He received a medal with clasp.

Service Record

10 June 1853 Assistant Surgeon 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot.

1854 Served in the Crimean War.

1857 Served in the Indian Mutiny as Assistant Surgeon 38th Regiment.

2 Mar 1858 Awarded by the Sultan the Imperial Order of the Medjidie (5th Class) for his distinguished services before the enemy during the war against Russia.

18 Dec 1860 Appointed Staff Assistant Surgeon vice Staff Assistant Surgeon James Stevenson, whose services were dispensed with. The vacancy in 38th Foot was filled by Staff Assistant Surgeon Colin Henderson.

1861 – 1862 On duty in Dublin.

6 June 1861 In his confidential report the Professor at the Army Medical School at Chatham stated that he was Fit for promotion but we suggest that he devotes himself to further study in the subject in which his replies had reference.

28 Jan 1862 Promoted Staff Surgeon, vice Staff Surgeon-Major James Carroll Dempster, who became Surgeon 57th Foot on the death of Surgeon William McAndrew. The vacancy left on the Staff was filled by the recall from half-pay of Staff Assistant Surgeon Frank Pout.

8 July 1862 Appointed Surgeon 1st/25th (The King's Own Scottish Borderers) Regiment of Foot vice Surgeon William Boyd who moved to the Staff. The vacancy on the Staff was filled by the promotion of Staff Assistant Surgeon Augustus Frederick Turner.

Malta 21 July 1862 Arrived from England.

Malta 1863 On garrison duty with 25th Foot.

Malta 7 June 1864 Left for Canada.

13 May 1866 Died in Canada. The vacancy left by his death in the 25th Foot was filled by Staff Surgeon Henry Vereker Bindon.