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344 Deputy Surgeon General William Cattell MRCS (Eng 1853)
23 Nov 1829 [Castle Bromwich Warwickshire] – 20 Mar 1919 [Hove]


Deputy Surgeon General William Cattell qualified MRCS in 1853 and entered the Army Medical Department as an Assistant Surgeon on 28 March 1854.

He served with the 5th Dragoon Guards throughout the Eastern Campaign of 1854–1855 and was present at Balaclava, Inkerman, Tchernaya (15 August 1855), and the siege and fall of Sebastopol.

He received the Crimea Medal with three clasps, the Sardinian Medal and the Turkish Medal.

Deputy Surgeon General William Cattell also served in the Second Afghan War of 1878–1879. He was present at the capture of Ali Musjid on 21 November 1878 and the action of Fatehabad on 2 April 1879, for which he received a medal with clasp.

Service Record — William Cattell

28 Mar 1854 Assistant Surgeon 23rd (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot.

14 Apr 1854 Exchanged with Assistant Surgeon David Woods 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Dragoon Guards. Served in the Crimean War with 5th Dragoon Guards. He was present at the Battles of Balaclava, Inkermann, Tchernaya, and the Siege of Sebastopol.

12 July 1864 Promoted Staff Surgeon from 5th Dragoon Guards.

1864–1866 Served on the staff at the Cape of Good Hope.

16 Nov 1866 Surgeon 2nd/20th (East Devonshire) Regiment of Foot.

2nd/20th Battalion Orders dated 15 December 1872 acknowledged the assistance and advice received by the commanding officer from Surgeon W Cattell during his service as surgeon of the battalion and assured him of the good wishes of all ranks of the 2nd/20th on posting to his new regiment.

11 Dec 1872 Surgeon 10th Hussars. Served as the medical officer of the 10th Hussars until March 1878, when he moved to the Staff in Bengal.

1872–1880 Botanist. Collected plants in Mauritius, Simla, and Afghanistan.

28 Mar 1874 Promoted Surgeon–Major.

1878–1879 Served in the Second Afghan War with 10th Hussars. He was present at the capture of Fort Ali Musjid and the action at Fatehabad.

27 Nov 1879 Promoted Brigade Surgeon when that rank was first instituted on 27 November 1879.

1880 Posted to Aldershot.

Malta 2 June 1881 Arrived from Aldershot.

18 Dec 1881 Returned to England on the medical staff at Aldershot.
Proceeded to Nova Scotia, as PMO to the forces in Canada on the resignation of Surgeon-General John Sheldon Furlong.1

12 Mar 1882 On duty in Nova Scotia. Promoted Deputy Surgeon General.

23 Nov 1889 Placed on the retired pay. Brigade Surgeon Samuel Archer was promoted to the vacancy of Deputy Surgeon–General, ranking as Colonel, vice William Cattell.2

20 Mar 1919 Died at Hove, aged 89 years. He was one of the last survivors of the Crimean War.


  • Drew R., 1968. Entry No: 5211. Medical Officers in the British Army 1660 – 1960. Volume I: 1660 – 1898. London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
  • RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
  • Succession Books Vol VII. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  • 1Military and Naval Medical Services Br Med J (1882), 1: 136 (Published 28 January 1882).
  • Naval and Military Medical Services Br Med J (1889), 2: 1306 (Published 7 December 1889).
  • 2Naval and Military Medical Medical Services Br Med J (1889), 1422 (Published 21 December 1889).
  • Papers of Surgeon William Cattell.
  • Obituary. Br Med J (1919), 1: 754 (Published 14 June 1919).