Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Ogilvy John

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311 Assistant Surgeon John Ogilvy
MA (1849) MB (1853) MD (Marischal Aberd 1859) LRC (Ed 1853)
25 July 1831 [Aberdeen] – 23 Dec 1899 [Frimley]


Surgeon-General John Ogilvy was commissioned assistant surgeon Army Medical Department on 15 July, 1853. He served throughout the whole of the Eastern Campaign of 1854 – 1855 with the 33rd Regiment. He was at the Battles of Alma, Inkerman, the siege and fall of Sebastopol and the assaults on the Redan on 18 June and 8 September. He received the medal with three clasps and the Turkish Medal.

Service Record — John Ogilvy

15 July 1853 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

12 Aug 1853 Assistant Surgeon 33rd (The Duke of Wellington's) Regiment of Foot.

Malta 11 Mar 1854 Arrived from Ireland. Quartered at Floriana.

10 Apr 1854 Left for Turkey and the Crimea on board the Himalaya.

Malta 1856 At Malta with his regiment.

15 Feb 1861 Appointed Staff Assistant Surgeon, vice Staff Assistant Surgeon Florence Theobald McCarthy who became Assistant Surgeon 90th Foot. The vacancy left by Ogilvy in 33rd Foot was filled by Staff Assistant Surgeon George Frederick Spry.

1861 – 1863 Served in the East Indies and Bombay.

8 July 1862 Promoted Staff Surgeon, vice Staff Surgeon Thomas Moore Sunter who was placed upon half-pay on 1 May 1862. The vacancy on the Staff was filled by Assistant Surgeon Alexander Reid 54th Foot.

1864 – 1865 Served in Stirling.

1865 – 1870 Served in London.

7 Dec 1870 Surgeon Royal Horse Artillery (F Troop).

1872 – 1877 Served in Bengal.

31 Aug 1872 Staff Surgeon from Royal Horse Artillery (F Troop).

10 Oct 1872 On the 10th October, at Simla East Indies, the wife of Dr Ogilvy, Staff Surgeon, Secretary to the Inspector General of Hospitals of a daughter, who has beeen named Edith Blanche.

15 July 1873 Promoted Surgeon Surgeon Major.

Apr 1878 Returned home in the transport Crocodile.

1878 – 1880 Served in Portsmouth.

Feb 1879 The London Gazette announced the promotion of 49 surgeons-major among whom was John Ogilvy, to the new rank of Brigade Surgeon, under the provision of the Royal Warrant of 27 November 1879.2

1880 In Aldershot.

2 Aug 1880 Deputy Surgeon General.

Mar 1881 From Aldershot to Bermuda.

4 Apr 1883 Retired with honorary rank of Deputy Surgeon General.

1887 Deputy Surgeon-General John Ogilvy advocated the use of antipyrin in the treatment of migraine. He drew attention to the good results he had obtained from the administration of 8 grains of antipyrin in an affection to which he applied the term bilious headache. The dose was repeated after an hour if required, until three or four doses were taken.1

23 Dec 1899 Deputy Surgeon-General died suddenly at Frimley Lodge Frimley, Surrey. His remains were cremated at Woking Crematorium.


  • Drew R., 1968. Entry No: 5157. Medical Officers in the British Army 1660 – 1960. Volume I: 1660 – 1898. London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
  • RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
  • Succession Books Vol VI, (1 May 1846). Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  • 1Antipyrin and antifebrin in nerve storms. Br Med J (1879) 2: 920 (Published 6 December 1879).
  • 2Military and Naval Medical Services. Br Med J (1880); 1: 347 (Published 28 February 1880).
  • The services. Br Med J (1899) 2: 1818 (Published 30 December 1899).
  • Surgeon-General John Ogilvy.