Colonel Standish De Courcy O'Grady
DSO (1917) CMG (1919) MB BCh BAO (Dubl 1886)
27 July 1872 [Dresden] – 23 Dec 1920 [Malta]
Lt Col Standish De Courcy O' Grady was the elder son of Captain Standish De Courcy O'Grady of Castle Connell, Co Limerick and Charlotte, daughter of Mr G P Houghton. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated MB BCh and BAO in 1886. He married Esther Alice, only daughter of Col P D Vigors.
He died on 23 December 1920, at the Military Hospital Malta from an illness contracted while serving with the Army in the Black Sea. He was 48 years old.
28 Jan 1898 Surgeon–Lieutenant.
28 Jan 1901 Promoted Captain.
1904 Served in the Somaliland Campaign, East Africa where he was mentioned in despatches and received a medal with clasp.
On 9 August 1904, at Naivasha, the Masai Tribe entered into an agreement with Sir Donald Stewart, His Majesty's Commissioner for the East Africa Protectorate, to vacate the Rift Valley, and to move with their cattle into the Laikipia Reservation, away from any land that may be thrown open to European settlement.
28 Jan 1909 Promoted Major.
7 June 1911 Married Esther Alice, daughter of Col Philip Doyne Vigors, J P, of Holloden, Begenalstown County Carlow, Ireland.
5 Sep 1912 Birth of a son at No 1 Merrion Square Dublin.
3 Oct 1913 Birth of a daughter at No 52 Lower Mount Street Dublin.
28 July 1914 Start of the Great War.
4 Aug 1914 Britain declares war on Germany.
1914 Served in the Great War.
1 Mar 1915 Promoted Lieutenant Colonel.
30 Oct 1916 Temporary Colonel.
Qualified as a specialist in State Medicine at the Royal Army Medical College.
4 June 1917 Was made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in the King's Birthday Honours List, for distinguished services rendered in the field and elsewhere in connection with the war.
Malta 13 Nov 1920 Invalidated to Malta from the Black Sea.
In January 1921, General Sir G. F. Milne, Commander-in-Chief of the Army of the Black Sea, stated that by July 1919 most of the men suffering from malarial relapses had been sent home, and there had been practically no primary malaria since the army left Macedonia. Besides purely military duties, the medical services had to supervise the sanitary supervision of the port and town of Constantinople, a task of peculiar difficulty owing to the constant transit of refugees and the many epidemics prevalent in that part of the world. In addition, they cared for the sick refugees and wounded from South Russia, numbering some 10,000.
Malta 23 Dec 1920 Died at the Military Hospital Malta, aged 48 years.
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- Succession Books Vol XX, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
- Deaths in the services, Br Med J (1921), 1; 3134: 144 (22 Jan 1921).
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