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Bostock John Ashton

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Surgeon John Ashton Bostock
CB (Mil 1871) QHS (1859)
23 June 1815 – 18 May 1895 [London]

Service Record — John Ashton Bostock

8 Feb 1842 Assistant Surgeon 3rd (East Kent–The Buffs) Regiment of Foot.

29 Dec 1843 Served in the expedition against the Mahrattas at Gwalior, India.

30 May 1845 Appointed Staff Assistant Surgeon vice Staff Assistant Surgeon Thomas Alexander appointed Staff Surgeon 2nd Class vice Michael McBride who died in Canada 13 April 1845.

22 July 1845 Assistant Surgeon Scots Fusilier Guards.

17 Feb 1854 Surgeon Scots Fusilier Guards.

Malta 19 Mar 1854 Arrived from England.
Stationed at the Lazaretto on Manoel Island.

21 Apr 1854 Left for Turkey. Awarded the Imperial Order of The Legion of Honour from the Emperor of the French, for his services in the Crimea.

20 Mar 1857 Surgeon-Major Scots Fusilier Guards.

Sept 1870 Reported on the Field Hospitals of the Franco Prussian War.

At last, on the 5th of September, the decisive battle of the campaign having been fought on the 3rd of July, Surgeon Major Bostock of the Scots Fusilier Guards received an official letter, dated the 4th of September, ordering him to proceed to Prussia to report upon the field hospitals of the Prussian Army. Dr Bostock arrived in Berlin on the 9th of September; and, as he informs us in the report of his visit which may be found in the seventh volume of the Army Medical Reports, published in 1867, on presenting himself to Lord A Loftus, the British Ambassador, surprise was expressed that he had not come several weeks before.
Fortunately, although Dr. Bostock could only report of what took place during the war from hearsay, instead of, what would have been of much greater value, from personal observation, the report furnished by him was still an interesting one, and maybe referred to with advantage. Questions exactly similar to those which were asked in 1866 were again asked in the House of Commons during the present year, on war being declared between France and Germany.
The time which has elapsed since then, and the great events which have since occurred, are too fresh in every one's mind to need reference here. On the 1st of the present month, Deputy Inspector-General Dr Gordon and Surgeon Major Wyatt proceeded to France to report upon the field-hospital arrangements on the French side. The medical officers of the army who are to collect information on the German field hospital arrangements all the more important to be noted on account of the vast accumulations of wounded they have had to deal with on the German side, and on account of modifications arising from the fact of this being the first war between armies mutually bound by the engagements of the Geneva Convention for neutral.1

26 Feb 1876 Retired with the Honorary rank of Deputy Surgeon General.

Author: Letters from India and the Crimea, (London, 1869).

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