Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Lawson George

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Staff Assistant Surgeon Lawson George FRCS (Ed 1857)
1831 – 12 Oct 1903 [Harley Str London]

Service Record — George Lawson

3 Mar 1854 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

Malta 27 Mar 1854 Arrived at Malta.

Resident at the Minerva Hotel 53 Strada Stretta Valletta.

6 Apr 1854 Left for Gallipoli.

Aug 1854 Recovered from typhoid fever which he contracted at Varna.

24 Apr 1855 Assistant Surgeon Rifle Brigade.

6 May 1855 Admitted to hospital at Balaclava with Crimean Fever. Needed a long period of convalescence and was invalided to England in July. On his sea journey home he developed polyneuritis resulting in paralysis of both legs and to some degree of his hands. His illness lasted five months and was thought to have been Brucellosis. Despite a weakened constitution, he enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a general and ophthalmic surgeon.1

15 Jan 1856 Resigned. Became ophthalmic surgeon Moorfields and Middlesex hospitals.

Author: Surgeon in the Crimea (letters to his family 1854-55 edited by V Bonham Carter 1968).


  • Entry No: 5197. Johnston, W. Roll of Commissioned Officers in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1968.
  • 1Young D A B, Florence Nightingale's Fever Brit Med J (1995), 311;1711-4: (Published 23-30 December 1995).