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Staff Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Montanaro Giovanni

Hospital Mate Giovanni Montanaro
? – 8 May 1849 [Malta]

Malta Sept 1800 On the surrender of Valletta, Montanaro was appointed Extra Hospital Mate at the Military General Hospital Valletta.

Malta 1801 Extra Hospital Mate at the Military Hospital Valletta.

Malta 1803 Chirurgo (Surgeon) the 1st Battalion the Maltese Provincials located at Fort Manoel.

Malta 1804 Assistant Surgeon 1st Maltese Regiment of Infantry commanded by Col Parisi.

Malta 1805 After the disbandment of the Maltese Battalions, Montanaro was attached to the medical staff of the garrison as an Extra Hospital Mate. He was charged with the medical duties of the depot of invalids and ophthalmia patients at Fort Ricasoli.

Malta 1806 Assistant Surgeon Maltese Provincial Battalion.

Malta 1807 Assistant Surgeon Maltese Provincial Battalion.

Malta 1808 Assistant Surgeon Maltese Provincial Battalion.

Malta 1809 Assistant Surgeon Maltese Provincial Battalion.

Malta 1810 Assistant Surgeon Maltese Provincial Battalion.

Malta 1811 Assistant Surgeon Maltese Provincial Battalion.

Malta 1812 Assistant Surgeon Maltese Provincial Battalion.

Malta 1813 Attached to troops forming a cordon around the villages infected with plague. On the termination of the epidemic joined the detachment at Gozo.

Malta 1814 Assistant Surgeon Maltese Provincial Battalion.

Malta 1815 Assistant Surgeon Maltese Provincial Battalion.

Malta 1815 Extra Hospital Mate.
On disbandment of the Provincials on 28 February 1815, he was attached to the medical staff of the garrison as an extra hospital mate. He was placed in charge of the depot of invalids and ophthalmia patients at Fort Ricasoli.

Malta 3 Jan 1819 Appointed member for the running of the Charitable Institutions on a salary of 35 8s, and surgeon to the Civil Hospital Gozo on an allowance of 20 a year.

Malta June 1825 Appointed Acting Assistant Surgeon Royal Malta Fencible Regiment. In 1825, the strength of the regiment was increased to six companies of 77 rank and file. The increased establishment included an assistant surgeon. His annual salary was 78 7s 6 1/2d. Montanaro was detached from his regiment and served at Gozo.

Malta 1826 Letter from AMD of 9 Feb 1826 raises no objection to the recommendation that Montanaro be appointed assistant surgeon to the Royal Malta Fencible Regiment, provided that he be found qualified by a Board of medical officers headed by the PMO.1 The daily rate of pay of an assistant surgeon in the RMFR was 4 shillings 3 and a half pence.

Malta 1 Mar 1827 Detached on duty at Gozo with detachment.
Confirmed assistant surgeon RMFR by commission dated 1 Mar 1827. His daily rate of pay was 4s 2d.

Malta 1828 Assistant Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.
Detached on duty at Gozo.

Malta 1829 Assistant Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment on an annual salary of 78 7s 6d.
Detached on duty at Gozo.

Malta 1830 Assistant Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.
Detached on duty at Gozo.

Malta 1831 Assistant Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.
Detached on duty at Gozo.

Malta 1832 Assistant Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1833 Assistant Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.
On duty at Gozo.

Malta 1834 Assistant Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1835 Assistant Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1836 Assistant Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1837 Assistant Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.
In December 1837, he was successful in his petition for an increase in his daily pay from 4s 2d to 5s 1 3/4d. Montanaro had received the pay of an ensign since 1827, but as the pay of an assistant surgeon was equivalent to that of a Lieutenant, he was entitled to an increase pay. He was also eligible to the benefits granted by the army regulations after every 10 years service in each rank. He had served for 37 years without having at any time been absent from duty either on leave or otherwise.

9 June-11 Oct 1837 Cholera epidemic in Malta.
Received the commendation of the Principal Medical Officer Deputy Inspector of Hospitals John Frederick Clarke for his ample zeal and activity during the late visitation of cholera.

Malta 3 Aug 1838 Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment following the retirement of Surgeon Giuseppe Camilleri.
Was on detachment in Gozo, where he also received an allowance of 55 8s a year for his role as surgeon in the civil hospital at Gozo and for medical attendance out of the hospital. This allowance ceased on his promotion to the surgency of the RMFR.2

Malta 1839 Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1840 Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1841 Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1842 Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1843 Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1844 Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1845 Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1846 Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1847 Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 1848 Surgeon The Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 8 May 1849 Died in Malta from enteritis. He was interred at the Capuchin's Church Floriana with full military honours. The funeral was accompanied by the PMO Staff Surgeon James Miranda Barry, the garrison commander Lt General Robert Ellice and his staff, and the bands of the 44th and 69th Regiments.

Montanaro left a widow and a numerous family. Lt Col F Bisett, Commanding Officer RMFR, applied for the Royal Bounty, graciously conceded to the widows of officers of the RMFR by HM in the year 1825, as notified to the regiment on 15 Nov 1825 by the Chief Secretary to the Governor. Surgeon Montanaro was "an officer of the longest standing in the regiment, having served for over 45 years".5

Lt General Ellice recommended Dr Ferdinando Montanaro, son of the deceased, to fill the post of surgeon RMFR. The Governor, Richard Moore O'Ferrall, objected to the sons of medical men being appointed to vacancies occasioned by death or retirement of their fathers. He had ascertained that Assistant Surgeon Ludovico Bernard was fully qualified to be surgeon and recommended him for promotion. The Governor proposed that a certain number of sons of the medical profession, whose fathers had served faithfully should compete for the vacancy which would be occasioned by promotion of Dr Bernard to the surgency, and that the person found most qualified on examination should obtain the appointment. Moore O'Ferrall suggested that the examination should be conducted by medical officers of the Civil Government instead of by Military Medical Officers who were not qualified to examine in the Italian language. Although this proposal was accepted by Lord Grey, the Secretary of State insisted that the candidate had to possess a knowledge of English, as he may be called upon to treat British Officers and soldiers. The successful candidate had also to be examined by the Medical Staff as "that person to be commissioned by the Queen and having medical charge of Her troops was to be judged by competent officers to be duly qualified".4

Sources

  1. Entry No: 4243. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 (20 June 1727-23 June 1898), Aberdeen (1917).
  2. 1TNA:CO 158/52, 13 Feb 1826. AMD to Horse Guards.
  3. 2TNA:CO 158/102, 01 Sept 1836. Allowances for Civil Services granted to military medical officers for the year ending 31 August 1838.
  4. 3TNA:CO 158/146, May-July 1849 Malta Colonial Returns. O'Ferrall to Grey.
  5. 4TNA:WO 1/508, 21 May 1849. Moore O'Ferrall to Grey re death of G Montanaro.
  6. 5TNA:WO 1/508, 10 May 1849. Bisett to Ellice, re Royal Bounty for widow of Montanaro.
  7. Samut Tagliaferro A, History of the Royal Malta Artillery 1800-1939, Vol I, Appendix 8, Roll and Record of Regimental Officers commissioned between 1800 and 1939. Part III Regimental Medical Officers. (Malta 1976), pp 475-476.
  8. TNA:WO 1/506, (1843-1847) Malta Military Correspondence.
  9. TNA:CO 158/97, Petition of Assistant Surgeon Montanaro dated Gozo 19 Dec 1837.