Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison
Fausset Maher Baker
1853 – 1902

Surgeon–Major Fausset Maher Baker BA (1875) MB MCh (Dubl 1878)

2 Nov 1853 [Clontarf Co Dublin] – 10 Mar 1902 [Egham]

Service Record

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Surgeon–Major Fausset Maher Baker AMS (Courtesy D Cooke)

6 Mar 1880 Gentleman Fausset Maher Baker was one of seventy–one Surgeons on Probation commissioned Surgeons Army Medical Department.

This cohort was appointed under the terms of the new Royal Warrant of 27 November 1879, promulgated on 2 December. This, did away with the fixed ten years short service imposed by the previous warrant of 28 April 1876, and reintroduced admission to the medical department via a competitive and open examination.

On 8 December 1879, seventy–four candidates for appointments as surgeons in the Army Medical Service presented themselves for the competitive examination in London. Sixty–five were selected, but as there was a shortage of medical officers, another seven who had reached the minimun standard were also accepted. The age limit for candidates was 28 years.

On 1 January 1880, seventy–one Surgeons on probation, 16 candidates for the Indian Medical Service and 8 for the Royal Naval Service attended the Army Medical School at Netley for a course of studies in military medicine. In March 1880, seventy–one Surgeons on Probation successfully completed the qualifying examination at Netley, and were commissioned surgeons.

The Royal Warrant of 1 March 1873, had abolished the regimental system whereby a surgeon belonged to his regiment and administered the regimental hospital. It integrated all regimental and staff medical officers into one Army Medical Department. This warrant had also created the four ranks of Surgeon, Surgeon–Major, Deputy–Surgeon–General, and Surgeon–General. The March 1873 Royal Warrant gave surgeons with under six years full pay service the relative rank of lieutenants, while those with over six years service ranked as captains for quarters and allowances.

The latest Royal Warrant of November 1879, gave the Surgeon on Probation the relative rank of Lieutenant, and the surgeon who had successfully passed out of Netley, that of Captain. A Surgeon–Major of less than twenty years service, held the relative rank of Major, and of a Lieutenant Colonel if over twenty years' service. The 1879 Royal Warrant also gave the relative rank of Colonel to a Deputy–Surgeon–General, and that of a Major–General to a Surgeon–General.

Mar 1881 Surgeon AMD. Posted to Madras from Dublin on the troop ship Serapis.

The Station Hospitals in the Madras Command were: The Station Hospital Madras, The South Station Hospital Bangalore, The Station Hospital Bellary, The Station Hospital Secunderabad, The Station Hospital Wellington.

1 Aug 1884 A Royal Warrant issued from the War Office made certain alterations in the medical service of the army. From 1 August 1884, medical officers and quartermasters of the Army Medical Department were styled the Medical Staff. Warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men became the Medical Staff Corps. Officers of the Medical Staff were given command over the Medical Staff Corps, all patients in Military Hospitals and such officers and men as were attached for duty to the Medical Staff Corps.

Apr 1886 Surgeon AMS. Change of Station from Madras to Dublin.

May 1886 Surgeon AMS. Change of Station from Dublin to Curragh Co Kildare.

Jan 1887 Surgeon AMS. Change of Station from Curragh to Dublin.

June 1888 Surgeon AMS. Change of Station from Dublin to Loughrea Co Galway.

Sep 1890 Surgeon AMS. Change of Station from Loughrea Co Galway to Navan Co Meath.

Malta 14 Nov 1890 Arrived from Navan Co Meath, Ireland.

Malta 1891 On garrison duty.

The Royal Warrant of 10 August 1891, introduced the compound rank titles of Surgeon–Major–General, Surgeon–Colonel, Surgeon–Lieutenant–Colonel, Surgeon–Major, Surgeon–Captain and Surgeon–Lieutenant. A Surgeon–Lieutenant had the right to be promoted to Surgeon–Captain after only three years service.

Wed 21 Oct 1891 Marriage at the Chapel Royal, Savoy London, with choral service, of Mr Fausset Maher Baker Army Medical Staff, son of Mr J A Baker FRCSI of Clare Street, Dublin, and Miss Emily Frances Amys of Fairmile, Henley on Thames. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev C J Martyn MA Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen, Rector of Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk. The brother of the bridegroom, Mr Roland Baker of 18 Kildare Street Dublin, acted as best man. After the reception given by Mrs Amys at 36 Charges Street Mayfair, the couple left on their honeymoon for the Irish Lakes.1

Malta 6 Mar 1892 Promoted Surgeon–Major having completed 12 years full pay service as a surgeon.

Malta 29 Jan 1893 Baptism of Silvia Margherita Fausset Baker, born on 27 December 1892, daughter of Emily Frances and Surgeon–Major Fausset Maher Baker AMS of Cottonera.

Malta 29 Sep 1893 To England on leave.

Malta 12 Dec 1893 Returned to Malta.

Malta 21 Oct 1894 Baptism of Arthur Amys Fausset Baker, born on 29 September 1894, son of Emily Frances and Surgeon–Major Fausset Maher Baker AMS of Cottonera.

Malta 1895 Officer in charge of Citta Vecchia Station Hospital. Resident at 24 Strada Bastione Mdina.

Malta 21 May 1896 Baptism of Aileen Freda Fausset Baker, born on 15 April 1896, daughter of Emily Frances and Surgeon–Major Fausset Maher Baker AMS of MO's Quarters Citta Vecchia.

Malta 5 Jan 1897 Change of Station from Malta to Thames District, England.

The Royal Warrant of 23 June 1898 merged the two departments of the Army Medical Service, that is the Army Medical Staff and the Medical Staff Corps, into the Royal Army Medical Corps. The ranks of medical officers were altered from Surgeon–Colonel to Colonel, Surgeon–Lieutenant–Colonel to Lieutenant Colonel, Surgeon–Major to Major, Surgeon–Captain to Captain and Surgeon–Lieutenant to Lieutenant.

18 Dec 1899 Major F M Baker RAMC was placed on temporary half-pay on account of ill health.

26 June 1900 Restored to full pay.

8 Dec 1900 Retired.

10 Mar 1902 Buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin.

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