Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Boutflower Charles

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Hospital Mate Charles Boutflower
2 Feb 1782 [Middlesex] – 26 Mar 1844 [Lancashire]

Service Record — Charles Boutflower

Fourth son of a Yorkshire parson.

4 Apr 1800 Assistant Naval Surgeon.

24 May 1801 Hospital Mate.

Aug 1801–July 1802 Served at Malta and Minorca.

Malta Aug 1801 Arrived at Malta.

27 Apr 1802 Assistant Surgeon 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot.

1807 Served in America (taken prisoner).

25 Mar 1808 Surgeon 96th Regiment of Foot.

8 June 1809 Surgeon 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot.

3 Sept 1812 Surgeon Staff.

1809–1814 Served in the Peninsular War.

Author: The Journal of an Army Surgeon during the Peninsular War (Manchester 1912).

25 Jan 1816 Retired to half-pay.

1820 In the 1820's, he was in practice in the garrison town of Colchester.

1840 In the 1840's he served as a town councillor and drainage commissioner, and contracted typhoid in pursuit of his civic duties.1


  • Entry No: 2148. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 (20 June 1727-23 June 1898). Aberdeen (1917).
  • TNA:WO 25/3897, Records of Service - Officers of the Medical Department (1790–1847).
  • 1Ackroyd M, Brockliss L, Moss M, Retford K, Stevenson J. Advancing with the Army. Medicine, the Professions, and Social Mobility in the British Isles, 1790-1850; 225 (Oxford 2006).