David Bruce Naval Hospital Mtarfa

Regimental Surgeons of the Malta Garrison
Crosse John Barton St Croix

Assistant Surgeon John Barton St Croix Crosse
7 Dec 1815 – 21 Aug 1900

1837 Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

9 Oct 1840 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

Malta 9 Feb 1841 Arrived from England.

Malta 24 Sept 1841 Transferred from Staff. Was attached to the 88th (Connaught Rangers) Regiment as their assistant surgeon.
Served with the 88th Foot in the West Indies where he had a severe attack of Yellow Fever.

15 Oct-14 Nov 1841 Proceeded on leave.

Dec 1841 Detached on duty with 19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot.

Malta 9 Feb 1842 In a professional capacity, he attended an illegal duel between Captain Levick 59th Foot and Lieutenant Septimus Adams 88th Foot, in which Adams was killed. He was granted a pardon for giving evidence.

Malta 1843 Assistant Surgeon 88th Foot.

Malta 29 May–30 Dec 1844 On leave in England.

30 Dec 1844 Returned from leave.

Malta 6 July 1845 Left Malta to join depot.

16 June 1848 Staff Surgeon of the 2nd Class.

1850 In his confidential report Dr Stewart, PMO for the West Indies, reported that he was "A smart active officer sometimes wanting in manners and hasty in temper".

18 July 1851 Exchanged with Surgeon John Crespigny Millingen 31st Foot.

3 June 1853 Surgeon 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars.

1854–1855 Served in the Crimean War with his regiment. He was present at the Battles of Alma, Balaclava, and Inkerman. His name was included in the list of medical officers recommended for promotion by General Simpson and Ladrington. The PMO, Sir John Hall reported: "deserving of notice for his talents and zeal in the performance of his duties".1

Gazette 1 May 1857 Received the Legion of Honour from the Emperor of the French for distinguished service during the War with Russia.

9 Oct 1860 Surgeon-Major 11th Hussars under the provision of the Royal Warrant of 1 Oct 1858.

25 Apr 1865 Staff Surgeon.

9 Mar 1848 Retired with rank of Deputy Inspector General.

15 Sept 1900 His Obituary describes him as: "An ideal regimental surgeon, well educated, enthusiastic in his profession, beloved and trusted by officers and men, ever watchful and painstaking in all that concerned the health and well-being of his regiment, a military surgeon every inch of him, a high toned honourable man, a kind and steadfast friend. For many years he was Surgeon to the Duke of York's Royal Military School, and was looked upon by the orphan boys there as their father, so kind, careful, and considerate was he of them".

Sources

  1. Entry No: 4606. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol I (20 June 1727-23 June 1898). Aberdeen (1917).
  2. TNA:WO 25/3902, Records of Service - Officers of the Medical Department (1790–1847).
  3. 1TNA:WO 25/3944, Confidential Reports on Medical Officers (30 Aug 1860–6 June 1861).
  4. Obituary Br Med J (1900), 780 (Published 15 Sept 1900).