Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Campbell William

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1441 Surgeon-Lieutenant Colonel William Campbell MB CM (Ed 1872) MRCS (Ed 1882)
1 Nov 1850 [Edinburgh] – 24 May 1936 [Tadworth Surrey]


Lieutenant Colonel William Campbell was born in Edinburgh on 1 November 1850. He was educated in the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated MB and CM in 1872. He entered the Army as a surgeon on 30 September 1874.

He served with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in the Egyptian war of 1882, and was present at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir, receiving the medal with clasp, and the Khedive's bronze star.

Lieutenant Colonel William Campbell retired on 26 June 1897.

Service Record — William Campbell

30 Sept 1874 Commissioned Surgeon Army Medical Department.

Malta 24 July 1875 Arrived at Malta from England.

Malta 10 Sept 1876 To England on duty.

Malta 17 Nov 1876 Returned to Malta.

Malta 1 Dec 1876 Left for the Straits Settlement.

1877 On duty in Straits Settlement and Singapore.

1878 On duty in Hong Kong.

July 1879 Returned to Edinburgh.

July 1880 On duty in Edinburgh.

12 Jan 1881 Appointed Surgeon 1st/Scots Guards.

1882 Served in Egypt. Was present at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir.

5 Nov 1887 Transferred from the Scots Guards as Surgeon-Major Grenadier Guards in succession to Brigade-Surgeon Arthur Guy Elkington who retired.

30 Sept 1894 Promoted Surgeon-Lieutenant Colonel Grenadier Guards after twenty years service on full pay.

26 June 1897 Placed on retired pay. He was succeeded by Surgeon-Major Walter C Beevor MB Scots Guards.

Dec 1899 Recalled from retired pay for duty at the Guards Depôt Canterbury.

Feb 1900 Temporary employed in charge of troops at Caterham.

June 1901 Brought back on the establishment from the Army Medical Reserve and placed in medical charge of troops at Caterham.

Mar 1902 Relinquished the medical charge of troops at Caterham.

24 May 1936 Died at Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth Surrey, aged 85 years.


  • Entry No: 6562. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 (20 June 1727-23 June 1898), Aberdeen (1917).
  • RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
  • Succession Book Vol 15. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  • The services Br Med J (1936); 1: 1236 (Published 13 June 1936).