Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Smyth Robert Beresford

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242 Surgeon Robert Beresford Smyth
LRCSI (1847) MB (Dubl 1848)
7 Dec 1826 [Dublin] – 15 Sept 1886 [Bergamo Alta Italy]


Surgeon Robert Beresford Smyth served in the Eastern Campaign of 1854–1855. He was at the Battle of Balaclava and the fall of Sebastopol. He received the Crimea Medal with two clasps and the Turkish Medal.

Surgeon Smyth died suddenly in Bergamo Alta, North Italy in September 1886.

Service Record — Robert Beresford Smyth

8 Oct 1850 Acting Assistant Surgeon.

15 Nov 1850 Appointed Assistant Surgeon 2nd/1st, The Royal Regiment of Foot vice Assistant Surgeon Robert McNab who moved to 61st Foot.

Malta 11 June 1856 Arrived from the Crimea.

27 Nov 1856 Left for England.

26 Jan 1858 Appointed Staff Surgeon 2nd Class vice Thomas Johnston Atkinson who became surgeon 31st Foot. The vacancy in 1st Foot was filled by Staff Assistant Surgeon Arthur Chester.

1858 In Suez.

1859–1860 In Chatham.

18 May 1860 Surgeon the 2nd/22nd (The Cheshire) Regiment of Foot.

Malta 22 June 1860 Arrived from England.

Malta 12 Jan 1861 In his confidential report the PMO Malta reported that: The appearance of the hospital was much improved under this officer's charge. Is very attentive and regular.

Malta 15 May 1862 Home on leave.

Malta 1863 On regimental duties.

Malta 1864 On regimental duties.

20 June 1865 Promoted Surgeon 102nd (Royal Madras) Fusiliers from 22nd Foot. The vacancy in the 22nd Foot was filled by Staff Surgeon William Henry Pollard.

Malta 11 July 1865 Left for Madras.

8 Oct 1870 Promoted Surgeon Major 102nd (Royal Madras) Fusiliers.

6 Mar 1874 Retired on half-pay with the rank of Surgeon Major.


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