Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison Casolani Richard Lewis
53069 Surgeon Major Richard Louis Saviour Carmel Gerald Casolani
MD PhC L 28 Aug 1902 – ?
Surgeon Major Richard Louis Carmel Gerald Casolani graduated Doctor of Medicine from the University of Malta and also gained the Certificate in Pharmacy (PhC). During service he qualified as a 1st Class interpreter in a modern language (L).
He was commissioned a Surgeon Lieutenant in the Royal Malta Artillery on 18 April 1932. In January 1933, he proceeded to the RAMC Depôt at Crookham on the officer's entry course. R L S C G Casolani was the only medical officer of the Royal Malta Artillery to have attended the six month Junior Medical Officer's course. He travelled by sea to England in the troopship Lancashire and returned to Malta in July 1933. He was promoted to Surgeon Captain on 18 April 1935 and Surgeon Major on 18 April 1942.
He was seconded by the Malta Government to St Bartholomew's Hospital, London to specialise in anaesthesia. He was the only anaesthetist employed by the Civil Government at the Civil Hospital Floriana, having trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital London. During the Second World War he worked at Imtarfa Military Hospital as an anaesthetist. He retired on 30th September 1957.
Service Record — Richard Louis Saviour Carmel Gerald Casolani
Malta 18 Apr 1932 Appointed Surgeon–Lieutenant Royal Malta Artillery. Taken on the strength of Military Hospital Mtarfa.
Malta 27 Jan 1933 Attended the six months Junior Medical Officers' course in England.
21 July 1933 Returned to Malta.
Malta 1934 Surgeon–Lieutenant Royal Malta Artillery.
In 1938, the RMA had an establishment of 22 officers and 472 other ranks. In May, the regiment was expanded from one Coast Regiment to two regiments, one of which was to be a Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, thus increasing the establishment to 63 officers and 1442 other ranks.
During the Second World War, and until his retirement Dr Casolani served as a specialist in Anaesthesia at Mtarfa Military Hospital. He was the only anaesthetist employed by the Civil Government at the Civil Hospital Floriana, having trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital London.
1 July 1940 Temporary Surgeon–Major Royal Malta Artillery.
Malta 1941 Temporary Surgeon–Major Royal Malta Artillery. On 26 April was placed by the DDMS on the Army Selection Board to obtain the better educated conscripts for the RAMC (Malta Section). Selection of recruits stared on 28 April when 9 satisfactory men were obtained. The conscripts were trained at St Paul's Barracks but kitted out by the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Malta 26 to 28 Apr 1943 On the strength of 90 General Hospital. Attended a course of Sanitation and Hygiene run by No 57 Fld Hygiene Section.
5 June 1943 On strength on No 11 Field Surgical Unit (FSU).
7 July 1943 Posted from No 11 FSU to No 39 General Hospital as a Graded Anaesthetist. Was replaced by No 108691 WS/Captain (Temp/Major) I Davenport Jones as anaesthetist. Posted to No 39 General Hospital.
Malta 30 Sept 1957 Retired after a short extension of his service beyond his 55th birthday.
Samut Tagliaferro A, A History of the Royal Malta Artillery 1800-1839, Vol 1, Appendix 8, Roll and Record of Regimental Officers commissioned between 1800 and 1939. Part III Regimental Medical Officers, (Malta 1976), p 475-476.
Cassar P, Forty Years of Anaesthesia in Malta – Richard Louis Casolani, Acta Anaesthesiologica Melitensis, 1983, 1/1:35.