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Staff Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
No 794 Ray Sidney Keyworth

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No 794 Brigade Surgeon Sidney Keyworth Ray MRCS (Eng 1858) FRCS (Ed 1889)
31 July 1836 [Milton Sittingbourne Kent] – 2 Jan 1918 [West Kensington]

Brigade Surgeon Sidney Keyworth Ray took the diploma of Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1858 and the Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries in 1859. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1889.

He entered the Army Medical Department as an assistant surgeon on 20 April 1859. He retired with the rank of Brigade Surgeon on 31 July 1891, but was promoted colonel on 18 October 1902 for services in England in connection with the war in South Africa. He also served in the Egyptian Campaign of 1882, receiving the medal with clasp and the Khedive's Bronze Star.

Service Record — Sidney Keyworth Ray

20 Apr 1859 Appointed Staff Assistant Surgeon aged 22 years 9 months vice Staff Assistant Surgeon St John Killery, appointed to 29th Foot.

1859–1860 Served in Colchester.

3 May 1860–4 Feb 1866 Served at the Cape of Good Hope.

1866–1867 On duty in Chatham.

24 April 1867 Married Marian Rammell at Canterbury Kent by the Rev J Hirst and the Rev E Cross.

3 Feb 1868 On duty in Hong Kong.

6 May 1868 Birth of a son George Lake Sidney Ray baptised at St John's Cathedral Hong Kong on 2 June 1868.

20 May 1868 Appointed Assistant Surgeon Royal Artillery vice Assistant Surgeon Thomas Walsh who was placed upon half-pay. Served with 2nd Bde RA (1868Ó1873) in Mauritius and Ceylon.

1869 Served in Hong Kong.

Jan 1870 On duty in Hong Kong.

April 1873 Moved from the Royal Artillery to the Medical Staff at Netley.

In May 1873, Pte James Hobbins 1st/21st Regiment, an invalid at the Royal Victoria Hospital Netley, was charged before the Southampton Bench with attempting to murder Surgeon Sidney Keyworth Ray, one of the Army Medical Staff. The prisoner was in one of the wards in company with other invalids and it appears that he had been under the delusion that doctors were keeping him at the hospital longer than was necessary. When Mr Ray entered the ward, Pte Hobbins, who had a concealed razor on him approached Mr Ray from behind, pulled his head back, and cut his throat. In his struggles with the man, Mr Ray's hands were cut and his cries having brought other patients to his rescue, Pte Hobbins was overpowered, and the razor taken from him. His mind is believed to have been affected. Mr Ray lies in a precarious state, though Professor Longmore is in hopes his life will be spared.1

1873–1874 Served at Woolwich; became medical officer 40th Foot.

30 July 1874 Promoted Surgeon Major vice Surgeon Major Henry Martyn Fraser who retired upon half-pay. Moved from 40th Foot to the Medical Staff Bengal.

1878–1879 Served in Bengal.

Feb 1880 Moved from Bengal to Chatham.

Feb 1880–1881 On duty at Sherness.

July 1882 Served in Egypt. Was at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir in medical charge of one of the two Bearer Companies (9 Sept 1882); Surgeon Major Thomas Francis O'Dwyer being in medical command of the other Bearer Company.

19 Dec 1882 Arrived at Malta from Egypt on sick leave on his way to England.

1885 Was thanked for his excellent services rendered during mobilisation of the Field Hospital and Bearer Companies for the Suakin Expedition in the Sudan.

Nov 1885 Relinquished the command of the Depôt and Training School at Aldershot to Surgeon Major James Hector MB who had recently returned to England from service in Bengal.

Malta 30 Dec 1885 Arrived at Malta from Aldershot.

Malta 15 Aug 1886 To England on leave.

9 Oct 1886 Returned to Malta.

Malta 1887 On garrison duty.

Malta 1888 Resident with his wife, Marian, at the Officer's Quarters, Citta Vecchia.

Malta 13 June 1889 To England on leave.

25 Sept 1889 Surgeon Major Ray was promoted Brigade Surgeon, ranking as Lieutenant Colonel, vice William Folliott FRCS (Ire), granted retired pay.

Oct 1889 Left Malta for Limerick.

Apr 1891 Moved from Limerick to Woolwich.

31 July 1891 Placed upon retired pay. The vacancy in the rank of Brigade Surgeon was filled by the recall from half-pay of Brigade Surgeon Francis Howard.

9 Aug 1898 Granted the rank of Lieutenant Colonel from 20 April 1879 under London Gazette notification of 9 August 1898.

Mar 1900 Lt Col S K Ray, retired pay, assumed the medical charge of troops at Colchester.

July 1902 Relinquished the medical charge of troops at Colchester.

Sept 1902 Assumed the medical charge of troops at Colchester.

Oct 1902 Relinquished the medical charge of troops at Colchester.

18 Oct 1902 Promoted Colonel on retired list in recognition of his services in connection with the South African War, while re-employed at Colchester (Gazette 24 February 1903).

2 Jan 1819 Died at 2 Addisons Mansions West Kensington, aged 81 years.

5 Mar 1926 Death of Marian Ray, widow of Colonel Sidney Keyworth Ray, at Sturry Chesterfield Road Eastbourne Sussex.

References

  1. Drew R., 1968. Entry No: 5881. Medical Officers in the British Army 1660 – 1960. Volume 1: 1660 – 1898. London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
  2. RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
  3. Succession Book Vol 11. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  4. Naval and Military Medical Services, Br Med J (1885), 938; (Published 14 November 1885).
  5. Naval and Military Medical Services, Br Med J (1889), 843; (Published 12 October 1889).
  6. Naval and Military Medical Services, Br Med J (1889), 899; (Published 19 October 1889).
  7. TNA:WO 76/375/244, Service record Royal Artillery 1808–1871.
  8. Dreadful assault on a regimental surgeon; The Bury and Norwich Post and Suffolk Herald dated Tuesday 27 May 1873; page 3: issue 4744. 19th Century British Library Newspapers Part II
  9. Obituary Br Med J (1918), 103; (Published 19 January 1918).