Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Murray John

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Hospital Mate John Murray
1786 – 21 Oct 1841 [Kurnaul Bengal]

Service Record — John Murray

19 Feb 1805 Hospital Mate.

Mar 1805–Feb 1811 At Malta, Naples, and Calabria.

Malta Mar 1805 Hospital Mate.

Served at Procida and Sicily for 5 years.

2 Mar 1809 Assistant Surgeon 39th (Dorsetshire) Regiment of Foot.

1811–1814 Served in the Peninsular War. Arrived in the Peninsula in January 1811 as assistant surgeon 39th Regiment.

28 May 1812 Surgeon the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot.
In his letters to his family dated 6 July 1812 and 27 Sept 1813, Murray states that he was the first of the 15 assistant surgeons to accompany Sir James Craig's Army to Sicily in Nov 1805 to be made full surgeon, even though they were ten others in the service more senior than him who should have been promoted before him.1

9 Sept 1813 Promoted Staff Surgeon while serving in the Peninsula, which Murray regarded as a fitting reward for his years of sacrifice and hardship in the call of duty.1

21 Sept 1830 Appointed Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals.

26 Jan 1841 Promoted Inspector General on the death of IG Macleod.


  • Entry No: 2923. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 (20 June 1727-23 June 1898), Aberdeen (1917).
  • TNA:WO 25/3898, Records of Service, Officers of the Medical Department (1790–1847).
  • 1Ackroyd M, Brockliss L, Moss M, Retford K, Stevenson J. Advancing with the Army. Medicine, the Professions, and Social Mobility in the British Isles, 1790–1850 pp36, 51, 53 (Oxford 2006).