Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
Joshua Paynter
1814 – 1883

Inspector General Joshua Paynter

CB (1871) MRCS (Eng 1837) LSAL (1837)

12 Feb 1814 – 19 June 1883 [Tenby]

Service Record

Joshua Paynter
Joshua Paynter
(Lt Col Foster's collection of Netley photos - courtesy AMS archives).

11 Jan 1839 Commissioned Staff Assistant Surgeon, vice Staff Assistant Surgeon George Roche Smith, who was promoted Assistant Surgeon 65th Foot, vice Assistant Surgeon John Miller, who became Surgeon 66th Foot.

7 June 1839 Promoted Assistant Surgeon 60th (The King's Royal Rifle Corps), vice Assistant Surgeon Peter Lamond who became Surgeon 60th Regt. The vacancy on the Staff was filled by Gentleman Thomas Rose Dyce.

20 Oct 1840 Assistant Surgeon 2nd/The Rifle Brigade.

Malta 10 Nov 1840 Arrived at Malta. On duty with the Service Companies.

Malta 3 Aug-Oct 1841 On leave on private affairs.

Malta 1842 Assistant Surgeon Rifle Brigade. (The Army List for 1842 places him with the 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade which left for Bermuda in Sep 1841).

Malta 30 Mar 1843 Left for the Ionian Islands.

Apr 1846–May 1847 Served in the 7th Kaffir War, also known as the War of the Axe.

11 Feb 1848 Promoted Surgeon 73rd Regiment of Foot.

6 Oct 1848 Surgeon 48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot.

16 Aug 1850 Exchanged with Surgeon James Young 13 Light Dragoons.

9 Feb 1855 Promoted Staff Surgeon of the 1st Class. Served in the Eastern Campaign of 1854–55. Present in the action on the Bulganac, Battles of the Alma, Balaclava, Inkermann and the siege and fall of Sebastopol. Was also on the Kertch Expedition. Received the Crimea Medal with four clasps and the Turkish Medal.

1856 On duty in Aldershot.

31 July 1857 Reduced to half-pay.

9 Apr 1858 Restored to full-pay as Staff Surgeon 1st Class and attached to 2nd/19th Foot.

2 Mar 1858 Awarded the Imperial Order of the Medjidie (5th Class) by the Sultan for his distinguished services before the enemy during the war against Russia.

31 Dec 1858 Promoted Deputy Inspector General.

1859–64 Served in Gibraltar.

7 Oct 1862 In a reply to a survey by the Royal College of Physicians of London, re the presence of Leprosy in the Mediterranean stations, Deputy Inspector of Hospitals Gibraltar J. Paynter replied to Captain S. Freeling, Colonial Secretary, that he had not seen a case of leprosy during his Service in Gibraltar since 1859.

1865 On duty in Manchester.

1866–67 On duty in Algeria and Shorncliffe. In 1866, he published A report on the sanitary condition f the French troops serving in Algeria, AMD reports volume seven.

4 Sep 1867 Promoted Inspector General.

Malta 13 Nov 1867 Arrived at Malta as PMO.

Malta 1868 Inspector General.

Malta 1869 Inspector General. On duty at Valletta.

Malta 1870 On duty at Valletta.

Malta 1871 Member of the Malta Board Of Health.

Residence On duty at Valletta. Resident at 15 Strada Mezzodi Valletta.

20 May 1871 Elected Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB military).

Malta 30 June 1872 Left Malta for England.

19 Oct 1872 Retired having completed 33 years service on full pay.

19 June 1883 Died in Tenby South Wales, from heart disease and dropsy.