Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Perry George

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479 Brigade Surgeon George Perry MRCS (Eng 1854)
13 May 1833 [Bishop's Stortford Herts] – 21 Jan 1912 [Hereford]


Brigade Surgeon George Perry was admitted as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons on 20 December 1854. He entered the Army Medical Department on 29 January 1855 as an Assistant Surgeon to the 2nd Battalion Scots Fusiliers. He was soon afterwards transferred to the 1st Battalion, with which he remained until 1874, when he returned to the 2nd Battalion. He stayed with the 2nd Battalion until November 1878, when he was made Surgeon 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards.

He served with the Scots Fusilier Guards in the Crimean war from 16 June 1855, and was at the siege and fall of Sebastopol (medal with clasp, and Turkish medal). He was with the 2nd Coldstreams during the war in Egypt in 1882, and was in the actions at Tel-el-Mahuta, and Tcl-el-Kebir (medal with clasp, and Egyptian bronze star).

In 1886 Surgeon Major George Perry joined the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards and became Brigade Surgeon in 1887. He died at Hinton College, Hereford aged 79 years.

Service Record — George Perry

29 Jan 1855 Acting Assistant Surgeon

1 June 1855 Assistant Surgeon 2nd/Scots Fusilier Guards. He was soon afterwards transferred to the 1st Battalion, with which he remained until 1874, when he returned to the 2nd Battalion.

Malta 15 Feb 1855 Arrived from England.

16 June 1855 Served with the Scots Fusilier Guards in the Crimean War. He was at the siege and fall of Sebastopol and was mentioned in despatches.

Malta 1856 On garrison duty.

Commented favourably on the legislation enacted in Malta to limit the spread of venereal diseases by the examination and detention of prostitutes. He stated:

Medical officers are unable to grapple with the evil unless police authorities aid in restriction upon the source whence it is derived - the only means whereby a great and really terrible evil may be lessened, if not abolished, and a better state of public health become the result. Vice is not legalised by its effects being watched and checked; and hence if the vocation is well known, the mischief arising from such calling should be under police control as much as any nuisance affecting the public health.1

1860 On duty in Portsmouth.

1 Mar 1873 Promoted Surgeon Scots Fusilier Guards. Was assured that he would not be called upon to vacate his regimental appointment in the Brigade of Foot Guards, consequent upon the promulgation of the new Army Medical Unification Warrant.

On 1 March 1873, the new Army Medical Warrant came into force. Medical officers no longer remained on the regimental establishment, but formed part of the Medical Staff and became attached to regiments. A number of doctors had entered the army on the understanding that once appointed to a regiment, they would not be removed, unless under exceptional circumstances. They consequently, at great expense, provided themselves with regimental appointments, expended large sums in band and mess subscriptions, and many paid equally large sums for exchange.

26 Feb 1876 Promoted Surgeon–Major Scots Fusilier Guards in lieu of a surgeon under Article 340 Pay Warrant 27 Dec 1870.

30 Nov 1878 Became Battalion Surgeon 2nd/Coldstream Guards vice Constantine Caridi Read promoted Surgeon Major Coldstream Guards.

12 Aug 1882 Served in Egypt with the 2nd/Coldstream Guards; was in the actions at Tel-el-Mahuta, and Tel-el-Kebir.

1886 Surgeon–Major 1st/Battalion Coldstream Guards.

31 Dec 1887 Promoted Brigade–Surgeon to the Brigade of Foot Guards, vice Deputy Surgeon–General William Ralph Lane, Brigade of Guards, who retired.

13 May 1888 Retired.


  • Entry No: 5440. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 (20 June 1727-23 June 1898), Aberdeen (1917).
  • RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
  • Succession Book Vol 8. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  • Naval and Military Medical Services. Br Med J (1888); 1: 216 (Published 28 January 1888).
  • 1Army Medical Department Report for 1861. Vol III. London 1863.