Surgeon Major Henry Alexander Gogarty studied medicine in Dublin and Paris and qualified as a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland in 1853. He then entered Trinity College, and in 1855, received an Arts degree, and at intervals of about twelve years later, the two degrees in Medicine.
In August 1855 he entered the Army Medical Department as an assistant surgeon. He was posted to India, where he was attached for the greater part of his time to the Rifle Brigade. He served in the Indian Mutiny. He was present at the defeat of the Sialkote mutineers on the banks of the Ravee on the 12th and 16th July 1857. From 14 August 1857, he was at the siege of Delhi, receiving the medal and clasp.
In February 1877, Dr Henry Alexander Gogarty retired from the army with the rank of Surgeon-Major, having completed twenty-two years' full-pay service.
On his retirement from the army he settled down at Canterbury, where he joined the staff of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. With his election to it began more than twenty-five years of very active professional and administrative work. He remained in good health until some eighteen months before his death, when he resolved to give up practice and was elected Consulting Physician to the hospital.
A resolution passed by the governors at the time of his retirement bore warm testimony to the value of the work he had done for the institution, and noted that in addition to his professional services he had rendered valuable assistance on the Board of Management. Other institutional work which Dr. Gogarty carried on nearly to the end of his life was the task of giving lectures on practical medicine to the students at St Augustine's Missionary Training College. On the reorganisation of the British Medical Association in 1901, he was chosen as the first Chairman of the Kent and Faversham Division. He was also the Honorary Librarian of the Canterbury Medical Society.
Dr Henry Alexander Gogarty died on 18 April 1906. He was married and was survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons.1