No 334 Surgeon Major James Balfour Cockburn MRCS Eng (1851) MD (Ed 1852) LM (1854) LSAL (1852)
29 Apr 1830 [Guernsey] – 1 June 1907 [St Peter Port Guernsey]
Surgeon Major James Balfour Cockburn was the son of James Cockburn and Mary Louisa Corbin. He obtained the Diploma of Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons on 2 May 1851 and his Diploma in Midwifery on 18 January 1854. He was a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries.
Surgeon Major James Balfour Cockburn entered the Army Medical Department as an Assistant Surgeon on 3 March 1854. He served in the Eastern Campaign of 1854 – 1855 and took part in the expedition to Kertch and Yenikali. He was present in the siege of Sebastopol. He received the Crimea Medal with clasp and the Turkish Medal.
- Case of fracture of the base of the skull with recovery. AMD Report Vol 13 (1871).
- Case of fracture of the jaw through the neck of the right condyle from a blow on the opposite side of the face. AMD Report Vol 7 (1865).
- Case of syphilitic alopecia treated with Less' mercurial and vapour bath. Lancet Vol 1 (1867).
Service Record — James Balfour Cockburn
3 Mar 1854 Appointed Staff Assistant Surgeon.
Malta 8 Mar 1854 Arrived from England.
6 Apr 1854 Left for Turkey and the Crimea. Took part in the expedition to Kertch and Yenikali, and in the siege of Sebastopol.
Left Turkey on 3 Aug 1856.
4 Aug 1856 Assistant Surgeon Royal Artillery.
8 Jan 1864 Promoted Surgeon Royal Engineers. Served as a medical officer with the Royal Engineers at Gibraltar, until 20 Oct 1874, when he was placed on half-pay.
1872 Member of the Medico Psychological Association. Had been medical officer in charge of the Lunatic Asylum Fort Pitt Chatham.
3 Mar 1874 Promoted Surgeon Major.
20 Oct 1874 Reduced to half-pay.
6 Oct 1876 Restored to full-pay.
1877 On duty at Shoeburyness Essex.
1878 – 1881 On duty in Madras.
5 Apr 1882 Retired with the rank of Honorary Brigade Surgeon.
9 Apr 1894 Appointed the first Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master for the Masonic Province of Guernsey and Alderney.
1 June 1907 Died at Elm House, Guernsey.
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- RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
- Succession Books Vol VI, (1 May 1846). Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
- Obituary Br Med J (1907) , 1; 2425: 1521 (Published 22 June 1907).