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Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Robertson Hugh Given

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Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Given Robertson
OBE (1919) MB BCh (Glas 1908) BSc (Glas)
30 Nov 1883 [Greenock Renfrews] – 6 Oct 1943 [Kent]

Introduction

Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Given Robertson graduated MB BCh from Glasgow in 1908. He was commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps on 31 July 1909. He passed the examination held in London for commissions in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Fifty four candidates competed; twenty were selected. Dr Gilbert Henry Dive MRCS LRCP of St Bartholomew's Hospital scored the highest mark of 632; Dr Robert Gale MB BCh (Glas) of Glasgow University scored the lowest mark of 505. Dr H C Robertson came 13th with 513.5 marks.

Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Given Robertson served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Belgium. He was captured by the Germans in October 1914 and held a Prisoner of War until May 1915. He served in Mesopotamia where he was mentioned in the dispatch of Lt General Sir W R Marshall KCB, KCSI, commander-in-chief Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force. He was awarded the OBE in 1919.

The Mesopotamia despatch, which was published in the Gazette of 29 August 1918, dealt with the operations in Mesopotamia during the six months from 1 October 1917 to 31 March 1918. It gave an account of the operations on the Diala, Tigris and Euphrates and the activities towards Kermanshah undertaken to open the main trade route to Northern Persia, a district the Turks had reduced to a state of famine.

Lt General Sir W R Marshall praised his medical Department:

The high standard of efficiency displayed by all ranks of the medical service has been most gratifying to me, and reflects great credit on Surgeon General A P Blenkinsop CB, CMG, my Director of Medical Services. The health of the troops has shown marked improvement as compared with the corresponding months of 1916–1917. The sanitary organisation and administration has steadily progressed, and the standard of comfort and efficiency of the hospitals is most satisfactory. The nursing sisters have, as always, devoted themselves with untiring care and zeal to the welfare of the sick and wounded. Through the generosity and kindness of Her Excellency Lady Willingdon clubs and convalescent homes for these devoted ladies are being established at suitable centres.

Service Record — Hugh Given Robertson

31 July 1909 Lieutenant RAMC on probation. Posted to Sheffield in February 1910.

Aug 1910 Change of Station from Sheffield to Derby.

Oct 1910 Change of Station from Sheffield to Richmond.

Nov 1910 Change of Station from Richmond to Sheffield.

Dec 1910 Change of Station from Sheffield to Lichfield.

Mar 1912 Change of Station from Lichfield to Malta.

Malta 23 Mar 1912 Arrived from Lichfield England.

Malta 31 Jan 1913 Promoted Captain RAMC.

Malta 12 Sept 1913 Home leave.

Malta 22 Nov 1913 Returned from leave.

Malta Mar 1914 On temporary duty at Scutari.

28 July 1914 Start of the Great War.
4 Aug 1914 Britain declares war on Germany.

Malta 14 Sept 1914 Returned to England.

4 Oct 1914–30 Oct 1914 Served in France and Belgium with the British Expeditionary Force.

Oct 1914–June 1915 Prisoner of War.

Apr 1916–1918 Served in Mesopotamia. Mentioned in the dispatch of Lt Gen Sir W R Marshall KCB KCSI for distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty.

1918–1920 Served in Persia and the Persian Gulf.

3 Mar 1919 Awarded the OBE.

12 Jan 1920 Mentioned in despatches for distinguished and gallant service and devotion to duty in Mesopotamia.

Aug 1920 Relinquished the acting rank of Major RAMC.

31 July 1921 Promoted Major RAMC.

1922–1923 Served in Constantinople.

1924–1933 Served in India on the North West Frontier.

1 May 1934 Promoted Lieutenant Colonel RAMC.

1935–1936 Served in China.

1 Oct 1936 Retired on retired pay with reserve liability.

Feb–Sept 1939 Was re-employed as Recruiting Medical Officer Birmingham.

27 Jan 1940 Ceased to remain on the Regular Army Reserve of Officers on account of ill-health.

6 Oct 1943 Medical Officer of Kent County Council Mental Deficiency Colony, Leybourne Grange Kent. Died following a fall from a train at St Mary Cray, Kent.

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