Staff Surgeon Michael Fenton Manifold was one of the first to promote the employment of women nurses in the army to tend
the sick. In 1847, he engaged them for the first time in the army during the severe epidemic of small-pox that raged among the garrison in Ireland. Subsequently, he served during the Crimean war in charge of the officers' hospital at Scutari. Here he enjoyed the friendship of Miss Florence Nightingale, who found in him a warm supporter at a time when her path in instituting nursing reforms was beset with many difficulties; while his unvarying kindness and unwearying attention and
courtesy made all the sick and wounded his friends. After the campaign he was promoted for his services, and was appointed to the 34th Regiment.1
Staff Surgeon Michael Fenton Manifold served with the 34th Regiment in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny of 1857–59. On 28 March 1859, he was present at the defeat of the rebels under Bala Rao near Bootwul on the frontier with Nepal, for which he received a medal.
Staff Surgeon Manifold published A Case of hydrophobia AMD Report vol iv (1862). He died in January 1897, aged 74 years 10 months.
Service Record — Michael Fenton Manifold
22 May 1846 Commissioned Assistant Surgeon 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot, vice Assistant Surgeon Joseph Samuel Prendergast, who was promoted to the Staff.
18 Aug 1848 Staff Assistant Surgeon.
1849–1851 Served in the West Indies.
1852 Served in Dublin and Kilkenny.
18 Mar 1853 Appointed Assistant Surgeon 67th (South Hampshire) Regiment vice Assistant Surgeon Edward William Bawtree who retired upon half-pay.
8 Dec 1854 Promoted Staff Surgeon of the 2nd Class from 67th Foot.
1881–1882 At the Royal Victoria Hospital Netley Southampton.
In August 1881, Queen Victoria, accompanied by Princess Beatrice, and attended by Lady Abercromby, the Hon. Horatia Stopford, Lieutenant-General the Right Hon. Sir Henry Ponsonby KCB and Major-General Du Plat (Equerry in Waiting), visited the Royal
Victoria Hospital at Netley. Her Majesty embarked at Trinity Pier on board her Majesty's yacht Alberta, Captain Thomson, and on arrival at the hospital was received by Colonel Sir Chas. Pearson KCMG and Deputy Surgeon-General M. F. Manifold, who conducted Her Majesty
through several wards which were occupied by wounded and sick men from Afghanistan and the Transvaal.2
27 Mar 1882 Retired on half-pay.
TNA:WO 177/1517, War Diaries No 57 Field Hygiene March 1941 to June 1944.
Drew R., 1968. Entry No: 4855. 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.
1Naval and Military Medical Services. Br Med J 1897; 1: 177 (Published 16 January 1897)
2The British Medical Journal. Br Med J 1881; 2: 365 (Published 27 August 1881)