Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Cook George William Harry

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Surgeon George William Harry Cook MRCS (Eng) LRCP (Ed)
20 Mar 1858 [Southsea] – 26 Dec 1884 [Malta]

Service Record — George William Harry Cook

1877–1879 Captain of the London Hospital Football team.

5 Feb 1881 Surgeon Army Medical Staff based in England.

Malta 26 Mar 1882 Arrived from England.
Fell ill with Phthisis (Pulmonary Tuberculosis).

Malta 27 May 1883 To England on sick leave for six months.

Malta 9 Jan 1884 Returned to Malta via Egypt, but shortly after his return had an attack of haemoptysis.

Malta 26 Dec 1884 Died at the "Military Hospital Zabbar" (Cottonera Hospital), aged 26 years, from tuberculous meningitis. His funeral took place on 20 December, with full military honours and was largely attended by the officers in garrison at Malta. Few who knew him would fail to appreciate his sterling worth of character, and both during his career at the hospital and in the army he won the respect and esteem of all who came into contact with him. He was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery, but his remains were moved in 1978 to the Naval Cemetery Kalkara.


  • Entry No: 6837. William Johnston, Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army, 20 June 1727-23 June 1898. (Aberdeen, University Press, 1917).
  • Succession Books Vol XVI, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
  • Obituary Br Med J (1885) , 1; 1254: 104 (Published 10 Jan 1885).
  • Naval and Military Medical Services Br Med J (1885), 1560 (Published 17 January 1885).