Medical Officers
Of the Malta Garrison – 1823

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Malta Garrison – 1823

Malta Garrison

In 1823, 258 invalids arrived at the Convalescent Depôt from the Ionian Islands. Of these, two returned to their Corps, 163 were sent to England for discharge, and 90 remained in the depôt at Malta pending availability of transport to return them to England.

Five worn-out men died in the depôt, but 38 rejoined their regiments in the course of the Spring.

Staff Medical Officers who were away from Malta were not replaced, increasing the work load on the remaining officers. Inspector of Hospitals John Hennen complained that: from the diminished state of the medical staff, the labour during the summer months have been felt in a very sensible degree by those who were present and fit for duty, not so much from any serious or unusual increase of sickness in the hospitals, as from the frequent calls to duties of the barracks, and examination and attendance on officers, women, and children in the hottest months of the year.

Charlotte Harding Walker, wife of Surgeon Walker 32nd Foot, died on 7 May 1823, aged 23 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).

Frances Henrietta Richardson, born on 25 January 1823, daughter of Benjamin Richardson, Clerk to the Inspector of Hospitals and Sarah was privately baptised on 12 February 1823 by the Rev John Thomas Howe Le Mesurier, Chaplain to the Forces.



  • A list of all the Officers of the Army and Royal Marines. War Office 10 February 1823.
  • TNA:WO 17/2234, Returns of the General and Staff Officers of the hospitals attached to the forces in Malta (25 January–25 December 1823).
  • TNA:WO 156/594. No 2, Baptism Register 2 January 1820 to 29 June 1839.
  • Annual report on the diseases in the garrison of Malta for 21 June–20 September 1823. Wellcome RAMC 374.
  • Hennen J. Quarterly summary report of diseases in the garrison of Malta from 21 September to 20 December 1823. Wellcome Institute RAMC 374.