Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison Burkitt William Robert
509 Surgeon William Robert Burkitt
LRCSI (Eng 1855) 10 May 1834 [New Ross Co Wexford] – 23 Aug 1877 [Wicklow]
Surgeon William Robert Burkitt qualified as a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in 1855. He entered the Army Medical Department as an assistant surgeon in April 1855.
He served in the Eastern Campaign from May 1855 and was present at the fall of Sebastopol. He received the medal with clasp and the Turkish Medal. He took part in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny of 1857–1858 and was with the Kurnool Field Force at the capture of Sherapore and the storming of the forts of Kopul (medal).
In 1860, Surgeon Burkitt served with the 1st Dragoon Guards in China, including the affair of Sinho, the capture of the Taku Forts and the surrender of Pekin (medal with two clasps).
He died at Wicklow on 23 August 1877, aged 42 years.
Service Record — William Robert Burkitt
17 Apr 1855 Acting Assistant Surgeon.
17 Apr 1855 Assistant Surgeon 74th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot.
19 May 5 Dec 1855 Served in the Crimean War.
1857 Served in the Indian Mutiny. He was present with the Kurnool Field Force at the capture of Sherapore and the storming of the forts of Kopul.
1860 Served in China with the 1st Dragoon Guards. He was present at the capture of the Taku Forts and the surrender of Pekin.
18 Apr 1868 Promoted Staff Surgeon later Surgeon Major.