Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison McKinnon David Reid
117 Surgeon David Reid McKinnon
MA (Aber 1840) LRCS (Ed 1842) MB (Aber 1843) 21 May 1821 [Aberdeen] – 5 Apr 1906 [Redhill Surrey]
Surgeon General David Reid McKinnon was born in Aberdeen in 1821. He took the diploma of LRCS (Edin.) in 1842, and the degree of MB from Marischal College, Aberdeen in 1843, being the first student of his year. He entered the Medical Service of the army, obtaining a high place and a prize in the competition.
In 1844, he went to India as Assistant Surgeon to the 78th Highlanders at Hyderabad during a prevalence of severe
sickness and mortality. He served ten years in India, and was transferred to the 21st Royal North British Fusiliers on promotion as Surgeon in 1854. He was present during the whole of the Crimean war, took part in the battles of Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman, and the capture of Sebastopol, receiving a special recommendation from Lord West, the commanding officer of the regiment. He received the Crimean medals with four clasps, the Order of the Legion of Honour, and the Turkish Order of the Medjidie.
On 22 June 1858, Surgeon General David Reid McKinnon married Annie Caroline Arrowsmith, daughter of Dr William Lamb Arrowsmith, at St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, Valletta. They had four children.
After serving in the Mediterranean, West Indies, Canada, and Ireland, he was again sent to the East Indies for five years. In 1861 he was transferred to the Medical Staff, becoming Surgeon-Major in 1863. On his return home he was sent on duty to Manchester and
York, and afterwards to Aldershot, and was afterwards Principal Medical Officer to Netley Hospital, Southampton.
Service Record — David Reid McKinnon
12 Dec 1843 Assistant Surgeon 2nd West India Regiment.
26 Jan 1844 Assistant Surgeon the 78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot.
Accompanied the regiment to India. Served in India for ten years.
7 Apr 1854 Surgeon 21st (Royal North British) Fusiliers Regiment of Foot. Served in the Crimean War. Was present at the Battles of Alma, Inkerman, Balaclava, and the siege of Sevastopol, and the expedition to Kinbourn.
16 June 1856 Received the Order of the Légion d' honneur in the grade of Chevalier (5th Class).