David Bruce Naval Hospital Mtarfa

Regimental Surgeons of the Malta Garrison
Vella Robert

Surgeon-Lieutenant Robert Vella MD
16 Feb 1871 – 25 July 1934

July 1896 A Dr Robert Vella MD was reported to be in London doing a practical course of midwifery at Queen's Charlotte Hospital.3

1891–1901 Served both as a combatant and a medical officer in the Royal Malta Regiment of Militia.

4 Nov 1891 Commissioned 2nd Lieut Royal Malta Regiment of Militia.

25 Apr 1893 Promoted Lieut Royal Malta Regiment of Militia.

13 Oct 1897 Resigned his commission.

Malta 14 Oct 1897 Commissioned Surgeon-Lieutenant 2nd/Royal Malta Regiment of Militia.

Malta 1898 Surgeon-Lieutenant 2nd/Royal Malta Regiment of Militia.

Malta 1899 Surgeon-Lieutenant 2nd/Royal Malta Regiment of Militia.

Malta 14 Oct 1900 Promoted Surgeon-Captain 2nd/Royal Malta Regiment of Militia.
Resident at 62 Strada Zecca Valletta.

The Royal Malta Regiment of Militia was raised on 1 May 1889. In 1903 it became the King's Own Malta Regiment of Militia with King Edward VII as its Colonel. The regiment was disbanded in 1921.

Malta 2 Jan 1901 Commissioned Surgeon-Lieutenant Royal Malta Artillery, with local and temporary rank.
The Royal Malta Artillery dates from 1889 and evolved from the Royal Malta Fencible Artillery. This was the former Royal Malta Fencible Regiment, an infantry regiment, which in 1861 was converted into an artillery regiment.

Malta 1902 On duty with the Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1903 On duty with the Royal Malta Artillery.
Address: 13 Strada Libeccio Vittoriosa.

Malta 2 Jan 1904 Promoted Surgeon-Captain Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1905 On duty with the Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1906 On duty with the Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1907 On duty with the Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1908 On duty with the Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1909 On duty with the Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1910 On duty with the Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1911 On duty with the Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1912 On duty with the Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 2 Jan 1913 Promoted Surgeon-Major Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 5 Aug 1914 The Valletta and Cottonera Military Hospitals were closed and all medical care was centered at Mtarfa Barracks Hospital. The Royal Malta Artillery hospital was closed on 8 August. On 8 August was ordered to move to Mtarfa Hospital.

Malta 18 Oct 1914 Embarkation officer. Dealt with two cases of Scarlet fever and one of pneumonia in the hired transports en route to India.

Malta 1915 On duty with the Royal Malta Artillery.

5 Mar 1915 Proceeded to Gozo with a detachment of the RMA (110 men all ranks). Inspected a house in Gozo to be used as a bakery for troops.

Malta 1916 Attached to HQ No 2 Coy Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1917 Supernumerary Surgeon-Major Royal Malta Artillery.
Attached to No 2 Coy RMA.

Malta Mar 1917 Surgeon-Major R. Vella, of the Royal Horse Artillery was brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with the war.2

Malta 1918 Supernumerary Surgeon-Major Royal Malta Artillery.
Attached to No 2 Coy RMA.

Malta 1919 Supernumerary Surgeon-Major Royal Malta Artillery.
Attached to No 2 Coy RMA.

Malta 1920 Attached to HQ Coy Royal Malta Artillery, which in turn was attached to No 2 Coy Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1921 On duty with HQ Coy Royal Malta Artillery.

Malta 1 Jan 1922 Retired.

9 July 1924 Contested the elections for the Maltese Legislative Assembly as a candidate for the Constitutional Party of Count Gerald Strickland.

1926 Surgeon Major R. Vella, half-pay list, late Royal Malta Artillery, on attaining the age limit for compulsory retirement is placed on retired pay.

Sources

  1. Samut Tagliaferro A, History of the Royal Malta Artillery 1800-1839, vol i, Appendix 8, Roll and Record of Regimental Officers commissioned between 1800 and 1939. Part III Regimental Medical Officers. (Malta 1976); 475-476.
  2. Succession Books Vol XXI, Returns of statement of service of RAMC Officers.
  3. 2The War - Commended for Service Br Med J (1917), 1; 2932: 347 (Published 10 March 1917).
  4. 1Naval and Military appointments Br Med J (1926), 1; 3400: S 65 (Published 27 February 1926).
  5. 3TNA:CO 158/317, No 118 dated 10 July 1896 (July – Dec 1896).