No 659 Assistant Surgeon Richard William Berkeley M (1858) LM (1858) RCS (Eng)
6 May 1835 [King's Cliffe Northamptonshire] – 14 May 1902 [Fleet Hampshire]
Brigade Surgeon Richard William Berkeley was the second son of the Rev M J Berkeley FRS. He entered the Army Medical Department as an assistant surgeon in April 1858.
He retired from the services on 6 May 1890 and died suddenly at Fleet Hampshire on 14 May 1902, aged 67 years.
Service Record — Richard William Berkeley
22 Apr 1858 Staff Assistant Surgeon.
28 May 1858 Assistant Surgeon 2nd/23rd (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot.
Malta 21 Feb 1859 Arrived from England.
Malta 1860 On duty with his regiment.
Malta 12 Jan 1861 In his confidential report PMO Malta stated that he was a:
Good efficient and zealous officer, duties well and regularly performed.
Malta 12 Sept 1861 Returned to England on a medical certificate.
18 June 1862 Reduced to half-pay 23rd Foot.
17 Nov 1863 Restored to full-pay vice Staff Assistant Surgeon Edward Gregg Noott promoted surgeon 2nd Foot.
1863–1864 On duty at Colchester.
20 Sept 1864 Appointed Assistant Surgeon Royal Artillery from the staff.
1864–1866 Served with 20th Brigade RA at Kamptee India.
1867–1870 Served with 11th and 16th Brigades RA at Lucknow and Barrackpore.
1 Apr 1871 With the Royal Horse Artillery at Aldershot.
1872–1873 Moved from Aldershot to Umballa, India.
1 Apr 1873 Promoted Surgeon-Major.
Apr 1873–1875 On the Medical Staff Bengal.
1875 Medical Officer 55th Regiment of Foot.
Mar 1877 Returned to England from Aden with the 55th Regiment of Foot.
June 1877 Moved from the 55th Foot to the Medical Staff at Parkhurst.
Dec 1879 Moved to Bengal. On duty in Bengal from 1879 until 1881.
9 Sept 1885 Promoted Brigade-Surgeon vice Edwin James Hopwood who was granted retired pay.
Dec 1886 Change of station from Bengal to Jersey.
6 May 1890 Retired to half-pay having completed 22 years' full-pay service. Brigade Surgeon Charles Stratherne Close succeeded him as Senior Medical Officer Jersey.
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