Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
James Alfred Turner
1830 – 1871

No 524 Assistant Surgeon James Alfred Turner LSAL (1854) MRCS (Eng 1855)

3 Oct 1830 [Old Shoreham Sussex] – 18 Sep 1871 [Seaford Sussex]

Surgeon James Alfred Turner entered the Army Medical Department as an assistant surgeon in July 1855. He served with the Expedition to China of 1857 – 1858. In December 1857, he was present at the capture of Canton, in the skirmish at White Cloud Mountain in June 1858 and the capture of Namtow in August 1858.

Surgeon James Alfred Turner served with the Expedition to North China in 1860, including the action of Sinho, the taking of Tongku, the storming and capture of the North Taku Forts and subsequent operations, including the surrender of Pekin (medal with three clasps).

Service Record

James Alfred Turner
Staff Surgeon James Alfred Turner (Lt Col Foster's collection of Netley photos – courtesy AMS Archives)

7 July 1855 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

Malta 23 Feb 1856 Arrived from England.

Malta 6 Mar 1856 Left for the Crimea.

1857 At Chatham and China.

1858 In India.

1859 – 1861 On duty in China.

1861 In Woolwich. Assistant Surgeon 8 Royal Artillery.

28 Jan 1862 Appointed Assistant Surgeon vice Assistant Surgeon William Beale Wallis RA who became Staff Surgeon. Promoted from 4 Royal Artillery (Toronto).

29 July 1862 Promoted Assistant Surgeon 8 Royal Artillery vice Assistant Surgeon John James Colin Rogers who resigned his commission.

17 Nov 1869 Promoted Staff Surgeon.

1870 – 1871 On duty at Netley.

30 Aug 1871 Reduced to half-pay.

18 Sep 1871 Died at Seaford Sussex aged 40 years, having completed 16 years' service on full-pay.