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Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
1931

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Malta Garrison – 1931

Regimental Medical Officers

Events 1931

Richard Edmund Biddulph RN

Deputy Inspector General Richard Edmund Biddulph RN (retd.) was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated BA and MB in 1876, and BCh in 1877. He entered the Navy as a surgeon soon after qualifying and attained the rank of Fleet Surgeon on 1 Oct 1895. He retired as Deputy Inspector-General on 28 Apr 1907.

Deputy Inspector-General Richard Edmund Biddulph died at the Royal Naval Hospital Bighi on 6 July 1931 aged 78 years. He was buried at Ta' Braxia Cemetery Pieta. He shares the burial vault with that of his son in law Colonel Charles Chevin Cumming RAMC.

L/Cpl R J H Patchell

L/Cpl R J Patchell died suddenly on 31 Mar 1931 at the Military Hospital Mtarfa after a short illness. The funeral took place on 1 April from St Oswald's Church in the hospital grounds. The whole company including officers and sisters, together with many of the families, attended.

The cortege was preceded by a firing squad of L/Cpls of the 1st/Highland Light Infantry and the band of 2nd/Worcestershire Regiment and proceeded to the Military Cemetery Mtarfa. During his short stay with the Company, L/Cpl Patchell, known as Paddy, had gained the respect and affection of his comrades.

A gravestone of Maltese stone, faced with marble, was erected in July 1932 over his tomb.

References

  1. Drew R: Commissioned Officers in the Medical Services of the British Army Vol II. Roll of Officers in the Royal Army Medical Corps 1898–1960. London The Wellcome Historical Medical Library 1968.
  2. Wismayer J. M., The History of the King's Own Malta Regiment. (Malta 1989) p 179.
  3. General returns of the regimental strength of the British Army for 1st January 1931.
  4. General returns of the regimental strength of the British Army for 1st July 1931.
  5. General returns of the regimental strength of the British Army for 1st October 1931.
  6. General returns of the regimental strength of the British Army for 31st December 1931.
  7. Deaths in the Services Br Med J (1931), 21; 3692: 683 (Published 10 October 1931).