Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
Hamilton Mitchell
1832 – 1894

No 415 Surgeon Major Hamilton Mitchell LRCS (Ed 1853)

22 Jan 1832 [Co. Londonderry] – 26 Aug 1894 [Lanowlee Derry]

Surgeon Major Hamilton Mitchell qualified LRCS Edinburgh in 1853 and entered the Army Medical Department as an Assistant Surgeon on 21 July 1854.

He served in the Eastern Campaign from 8 November 1854 to 18 February 1855. He was present at the bombardment and fall of Sebastopol and received the Crimea Medal with clasp and the Turkish Medal.

He was subsequently gazetted Assistant-Surgeon to the 96th Regiment, in which he served for over twenty-one years in various parts of the world.

Surgeon Major Hamilton Mitchell was compelled to retire from the service at a comparatively early age owing to a weak heart, and took up his residence at Derry. He survived his wife by only six months, and left a large family.

Service Record

21 July 1854 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

6 Nov 1854–10 Feb 1855 Served in the Crimean War. Was present at the siege and capture of Sebastopol.

25 May 1855 Appointed Assistant Surgeon 96th Regiment of Foot.

9 Mar 1867 Promoted Staff Surgeon.

1 May 1867 Promoted Surgeon 96th Regiment of Foot. He served as their medical officer until 1876 when he moved to the Staff at Colchester.

21 July 1874 Surgeon Major.

Malta 6 Aug 1877 Arrived from England.

Malta 25 July 1878 Returned to England on sick leave.

Feb 1879 Moved to Shorncliffe.

1880 At Shorncliffe.

6 Mar 1880 Retired to half-pay with the rank of Brigade Surgeon.

22 Feb 1894 Death of his wife Mary Hannah, daughter of Colonel Thompson 96th Foot.

26 Aug 1894 Died at his residence in Lanowlee Derry after a short illness.