Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Clutterbuck James Edmund

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216 Surgeon General James Edmund Clutterbuck MD (Ed 1846)
LSA (Lond 1846) MRCS (Eng 1847)

1 June 1823 [Newark Park Gloucestershire] – 16 Dec 1893 [Plymouth]


Surgeon General James Edmund Clutterbuck served in the Indian Mutiny (1857–58) with the Flying Columns in Fatehpur District (Uttar Pradesh India). He was also in the Ashanti War (1873–74) and was present in the Battles of Amoaful on 31 January 1874, Ordahsu and the Capture of Coomassie on 4 February 1874, for which he received a medal with clasp.

Surgeon General Clutterbuck of Newark Park, Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire died at 7 Hoe Terrace Plymouth, aged 70 years.

Service Record — James Edmund Clutterbuck

22 Dec 1848 Assistant Surgeon 34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot.

9 May 1851 Assistant Surgeon 2nd West India Regiment. Exchanged with Assistant Surgeon William Legge Reid who moved to 34th Foot.

25 Sept 1857 Promoted Staff Assistant Surgeon.

2 Oct 1857 Promoted Staff Surgeon 2nd Class. Served in the East Indies.

1857–58 Served in the Indian Mutiny in the Fatehpur District with the Flying Column.

18 Feb 1859 Surgeon 2nd/17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot.

10 June 1862 Married Elizabeth Annie Blackwell.

21 Nov 1862 Exchanged with Staff Surgeon Edward Bailey Tuson who moved to 17th Foot.

Mar 1863 Birth of a son, Lewis James Edmund who died in September 1864.
Served in Bengal

14 June 1864 Surgeon 42nd Royal Highland (The Black Watch) Regiment of Foot.
Served in Bengal.

Aug 1865 Birth of a son, Lewis Charles Balfour who died October 1867.

8 Sept 1866 Birth of a daughter, Catherine Annie.

22 Dec 1868 Promoted Surgeon Major 42nd Foot.

1873–1874 Highly praised for his services with the Ashanti Expedition.
Was present at the Battles of Amoaful on 31 January 1874, Ordahsu and the Capture of Coomassie on 4 February 1874.

Apr 1874 Promoted Staff Surgeon Major.
Served in Bristol from 1874 to 1876.

2 July 1876 Promoted Deputy Surgeon General.

1877 Served at Devonport.

1878 – 1879 Served at Bengal.

1882 Served at Lucknow.

7 May 1882 Promoted Surgeon General. Was ordered home from Lucknow to take up duty at Malta as Principal Medical Officer in succession to Surgeon–General Mackinnon William Alexander CB, appointed to the staff in Whitehall Yard.

Malta 3 July 1882 Arrived from Bengal.

Malta 31 May 1883 Returned to England.

1 June 1883 Retired to half-pay. The age clause in the new Royal Warrant which retired senior officers at age 60 years affected Surgeon-General J. E. Clutterbuck PMO at Malta who attained his sixtieth birthday on 1 June 1883, and had to retire. His enforced retirement promoted Deputy-Surgeon-General James Irvine Principal Medical Officer in Egypt.


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