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Bonnyman James

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545 Brigade Surgeon James Bonnyman MB (1853) MD (Aberd 1859) MRCS (Eng 1853)
2 Mar 1831 [Aberdeen] – 17 Mar 1892 [Bayswater London]

Introduction

Brigade Surgeon James Bonnyman qualified in 1853 and obtained his medical doctorate from Marischal College Aberdeen in 1859. He entered the Army Medical Department as an assistant surgeon in December 1855.

During 1857–1859, he served in the Indian Mutiny including the pursuit of Santia Topee in Rajpootana and Central India. He was also engaged in the Afghan war in 1878–1880, and for which he received a medal.

Service Record — James Bonnyman

13 Dec 1855 Appointed Acting Assistant Surgeon.

13 Dec 1855 Appointed Assistant Surgeon 89th Regiment of Foot. Commission antedated from 27 January 1857.

1857 Served in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny.

17 Nov 1869 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

12 Oct 1870 Promoted Staff Surgeon.

12 Oct 1870 Promoted Surgeon 64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot on the death of Surgeon Francis Odell in Malta on 19 August 1870. Served as their medical officer until 1877 when he moved to the Staff Bombay.

Malta 12 Dec 1870 On leave.

Malta 6 Jan 1871 Joined his regiment from leave.

Malta 26 Mar 1872 Left Malta on the departure of the regiment.

1 Mar 1873 Promoted Surgeon Major.

1878–1880 On duty in Bombay. Served in the Afghan War.
Was highly praised by the Surgeon General Bombay Presidency for his excellent service during the Afghan Campaign.

4 May 1881 Retired with the honorary rank of Brigade-Surgeon having completed 25 years' full-pay service.

17 Mar 1892 Died at Bayswater.

Bibliography

  • Drew R., 1968. Entry No: 5553. Medical Officers in the British Army 1660 – 1960. Volume 1: 1660 – 1898. London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
  • RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
  • The Malta Almanac for 1871.
  • Succession Book Vol 09. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  • Obituary Army Medical Staff. Br Med J (1892); 1; 1332 (Published 18 June 1892).