Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Davies James David

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1751 Surgeon Captain James David Davies OBE MRCS (Eng 1879)
LM (1880) LRCP (Ed 1880)

4 Jan 1857 [Merthyr Tydfil] – 13 June 1939 [Newbury]


Surgeon Captain James David Davies was the son of Dr Edward Davies of Merthyr Tydfil. He was educated at Christ College Brecon and Guy's Hospital London were he gained second prize for Military Medicine and the prize for Military Surgery. He occupied the post of Ophthalmic Assistant and Assistant Surgical Registrar at St George's Hospital London.

Surgeon-Captain James David Davies entered the army medical services as a surgeon in 1881. He served in the Egyptian campaign of 1882 and was present at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir for which he received a medal with three clasps and the Khedive's Bronze Star.

On resigning his commission he entered General Practice in the Isle of Wight. During the Great War he was Principal Medical Officer at the Hazelwood Hospital, Swanmore. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire, the Medaille du Roi Albert and the British Red Cross Society Medal for his service during the war. He died aged 83 years.1

Service Record — James David Davies

30 July 1881 Commissioned Surgeon Army Medical Staff. On duty at Aldershot.

1882 On duty at Cork. Left Cork for Malta in July.

Malta 5 Aug 1882 Arrived from England.

Malta 31 Aug 1882 Embarked for Egypt.

22 July 1885 Resigned his commission.

On retirement from the army Dr James David Davies worked as a General Practitioner in Ryde and Consultant Surgeon to the Royal Isle of Wight County Hospital.1


  • Drew R., 1968. Entry No: 6870. Medical Officers in the British Army 1660 – 1960. Volume 1: 1660 – 1898. London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
  • RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
  • Succession Books Vol XVI, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
  • 1Newsletter of the Ryde Social Heritage Group.
  • Death and funeral of Dr J. D. Davies, in the Isle of Wight County Press dated Saturday 17 June 1939, page 5.