The Army Medical Department
And the Malta Garrison

The Malta Garrison – 1824

Malta Garrison

Thomas Maitland
Sir Thomas Maitland (Dec 1759–17 Jan 1824), was interred on 21 Jan in the Bastion of St Peter, Upper Barracca Gardens Valletta.

On 17 Jan 1824, Sir Thomas Maitland, Governor of Malta and Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands, died at Floriana of apoplexy. He was attended in his final illness by Inspector of Hospital John Hennen, Staff Surgeon Broadfoot Alexander, and Inspector of Hospitals Robert Grieves.

Following the death of Maitland, Malta and the Ionian Islands reverted to two separate and distinct commands. On 7 June 1824, General Francis Rawdon Hastings, Marquess of Hastings, succeeded Maitland as Colonial Governor and Garrison Commander.

In 1824, Commanding Officers of regiments stationed in the Mediterranean were directed to enlist Maltese recruits in the proportion of 5 men to 100 British soldiers.

Deaths Baptisms Marriages 1824

  • 23 Apr 1824 Baptism of Martha Bowman, born 2 Apr 1824, daughter of Deputy Assistant Commissariat General William Fockhart Bowman and Eliza Shepherd.
  • 25 May Baptism of Harriet Gingell, born 29 Mar 1824, daughter of Edward Gingell and Elizabeth.
  • 24 June Baptism of George Robinson, born 10 May 1824, son of John Robinson and Christiana.
  • 18 July Baptism of Frederick Davies Gunning, born 16 July 1824, son of Deputy Assistant Commissariat General Samuel Gunning and Mary Ann.
  • 20 Sep Baptism of Jane Elizabeth Mary Collings, born 18 Sep 1824, daughter of Joseph Becket Collings and Jane Elizabeth.
  • 30 Nov Baptism of Francis Rawdon Balneavis, born 23 Oct 1824, son of Brevet Lt Col Henry Balneavis and Georgina.
  • 17 Oct Baptism of Henry Richardson, born 30 Sep 1824, son of Benjamin Richardson Clerk to the Deputy Inspector of Hospitals and Sarah.
  • 17 Dec William George Toole son of Deputy Commissariat General James Toole and Rosa, born in the island of Elba on the 26 Dec 1796 and baptised on the same day, was publicly received into the church.
  • Dec 1824 Death of Andrew Forbes, son of Sgt Forbes, aged 9 months. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana 1801–1865).

General Hospital Valletta

Long Ward
Plans of The Great Ward of the Hospital of the Order of St John of Jerusalem 4 July 1835.

The Great Ward of the Hospital of the Order of St John was erected in 1574, during the Grand Mastership of Jean de la Cassiere (1572–82). On 4 Feb 1660, the infirmary was enlarged and the Old Ward was extended to form the Great Ward. This measured 155 metres in length, 10.5 metres in width, and over 11 metres in height.

In Sept 1824, the General Hospital at Valletta was relinquished to the Ordnance and Barrack Department by the Civil Government. The Long Ward which had been leased to the firm of Woodhouse, wine merchants, was handed over to the Department of the Ordnance on 1 July 1826.

Floriana Burial Grounds

Map of Floriana showing the location of the Married Quarters outside Msida Bastion and the burial grounds (TNA:WO 78/2459).

There were a number of cemeteries outside Valletta including the Greek Orthodox and Cholera Cemeteries.

Quarantine Bastion Cemetery was situated to the north of the road leading to the Hay Wharf from the Great Siege Road.

The Civil and Military Cemetery was situated to the north east of Msida Married Quarters to the south west of Great Siege Road.