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Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Bernard Ludovico

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Assistant Surgeon Ludovico Bernard
10 Sept 1803 – 2 Nov 1872 [Naples]

Service Record — Ludovico Bernard

Malta 1825 Graduated at the University of Malta.
Worked at the Central Civil Hospital for 18 years.

Malta 27 Jan 1843 Assistant Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.
Bernard was appointed to the vacancy in the RMFR, following the death of Assistant Surgeon Camilleri Michele Filippo on 2 Nov 1842. Bernard "had served as First Assistant Surgeon at the Civil Hospital for five years, and bears a high character in his profession. Dr Bernard is 28 years old".1

Malta 1844 Assistant Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1845 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1846 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1847 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1848 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 21 May 1849 The Governor, Richard Moore O'Ferrall was satisfied that Dr Ludovico Bernard was fully qualified to be promoted surgeon of the RMFR. His appointment took effect on 1 Sept 1849.

Malta 1 Sept 1849 Appointed Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Regiment vice Montanaro Giovanni, deceased. He was then aged 40 years, eight years over the recruiting age limit.

Following the promotion of Bernard Ludovico, Lieutenant General Robert Ellice, commanding the troops Malta, recommended to the Secretary of State that Dr Ferdinando Montanaro, the son of the late surgeon should be appointed assistant surgeon RMFR. Governor Richard Moore O'Ferrall, however, found objection in appointing sons to vacancies resulting from retirement or death of fathers, a system which he said, had given rise to complaints and discontent.

O'Ferrall proposed for a certain number of sons of the medical profession, whose fathers had served faithfully, to compete for the vacancy, and the one found most qualified on examination, to be appointed. The selected candidate had to have a competent knowledge of English, as he may have to attend on British soldiers, and to be approved by the Principal Military British Medical Officer in the island. Dr Ellul Carmelo was eventually appointed assistant surgeon RMFR.

Malta 1850 Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1851 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1852 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1853 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1854 On duty with his regiment. At Cottonera.

Malta 1855 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1856 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1857 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1858 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1859 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 1860 On duty with his regiment.

Malta 25 Jan 1861 Remained surgeon when the Royal Malta Fencible Regiment became the Royal Malta Fencible Artillery. He served with RMFA for 10 years.

Malta 12 Jan 1861 In his confidential report the PMO Malta stated that he was "Very attentive in his duties, hospital well regulated, cases and records correctly kept".

Malta 1862 Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Artillery.

Malta 1863 Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Artillery.

Malta 1864 Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Artillery.

Malta 1865 Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Artillery.

Malta 1866 Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Artillery.

Malta 1867 Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Artillery.

Malta 1868 Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Artillery.

Malta 1869 Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Artillery.

Malta 1870 Surgeon-Major Royal Malta Fencible Artillery.

Malta 25 Jan 1871 Surgeon-Major Royal Malta Fencible Artillery.
He was the first Maltese medical officer to be accorded a professional military rank in the army.

Malta 2 Nov 1872 Died while on leave at Naples. His remains were repatriated to Malta where he was buried with full military honours.

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