Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison Woods Thomas Frederick Mackie
38600 Major General Thomas Frederick Mackie Woods CB (1960) OBE (1945) MB BCh BAO (1926) MD (Dubl 1932) MRCPI (1934) FRCPI (1968) 14 July 1904 [Pekan Pahang Malaya] – 25 Sept 1982
Major General Thomas Frederick Mackie Woods was educated at St Paul's School and Trinity College, Dublin. He graduated Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Surgery (BCh) and became a Bachelor in the Art of Obstetrics (BAO) in 1926. He became a Doctor of Medicine (MD) Dublin in 1932 with a thesis entitled The prevention of malaria in a military cantonment in northern India. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in June 1968.
Major General Thomas Frederick Mackie Woods was commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps on 17 October 1927. He served in Malta as Company Officer 30 Coy RAMC. Then a major, he improved the amenities and life of his men and encouraged rivalry in sports. He divided 30 Coy by rank into three groups which he called Cherry, Blue and Gold Sections, the colours of the RAMC. He then organised standing sports for certain months of each year in which inter section competition took place. The section which obtained the highest number of points became the winning section for the year. In 1937, Colonel John Smith McCombe DDMS Malta Command, revived the competition created by Major T F M Woods and presented 30 Coy RAMC with a solid silver shield surrounded by miniatures for the annual winner. The shield was called the Inter Section Sports Annual Challenge Shield. The sports played included a billiards tournament, a shooting competition, football, hockey, cross country running and rugby.
In July 1947, he was seconded to the Ministry of Foods as Chief Health Officer Groundnuts Scheme. This involved the clearance of the bush in East Africa for the large scale mechanised production of groundnuts and other agricultural produce. He rose to the rank of Major General; was Colonel Commandant of the Royal Army Medical Corps and a Honorary Physician to the Queen.
Major General Thomas Frederick Mackie Woods died on 25 September 1982 after a short illness.
Service Record — Thomas Frederick Mackie Woods
17 Oct 1927 Appointed Lieutenant on probation. Was seconded under the provisions of Art 205 Royal Warrant for Pay and Promotion 1926. Remained seconded until 27 December 1927. Was confirmed in rank in August 1928.