Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
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419 Surgeon Francis Odell LRCSI (1854)
10 Dec 1831 [Dublin] – 19 Aug 1870 [Malta]


Surgeon Francis Odell qualified LRCSI in 1854 and entered the Army Medical Department as an Assistant Surgeon on 28 July 1854.

He served throughout the Eastern Campaign of 1854–1855 with the 63rd Regiment.

He was present at the Battles of Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman, the siege, assault and fall of Sebastopol, the expedition to Kertch and the bombardment and capture of Kinbourn.

He received the Crimea Medal with four clasps and the Turkish Medal.

Service Record — Francis Odell

Malta 28 July 1854 Assistant Surgeon 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot. Arrived in Malta with his regiment. Served in the Crimean War.

24 Aug 1860 Exchanged with Staff Assistant Surgeon John Henry Hunt.

1860 In Canada.

1861 On duty in Preston and Dublin.

1862–1865 On duty in Bombay.

1866 At Netley.

1867 On duty in Shorncliffe.

9 Mar 1867 Appointed Staff Surgeon vice Staff Surgeon John Meane who became surgeon 78th Foot.

7 Dec 1867 Appointed Surgeon 1st/17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot vice Surgeon Robert Atkinson who retired to half-pay.

31 July 1869 Exchanged with Surgeon William James Ingham 64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot.

Malta 2 Sep 1869 Arrived from England.

Malta 19 Aug 1870 Died of syncope brought on by an abscess on the liver. His orphaned son received financial contributions from the Army Medical Officers Benevolent Fund.


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  • RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
  • Succession Book Vol VII. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  • TNA:CO 158/223, Returns of the General and Staff Officers of the hospitals attached to the Forces in Malta (Apr–July 1870).