Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison Skues William Mackenzie
314 Staff Surgeon William Mackenzie Skues LRCS (Ed 1852) MB (Aberd 1853) MD (Aberd 1860) 15 Mar 1828 [Aberdeen] – 10 June 1892 [Nunhead London]
Staff Surgeon William Mackenzie Skues qualified MB from Marischal College, University of Aberdeen in 1853. He was commissioned Assistant Surgeon in the Army Medical Department on 29 July 1853. In 1865 – 1866, he was Principal Medical Officer in the Expedition from Aden into Arabia against the Arabs.
He published a case of Tetanus treated with extract of Indian herbs with recovery in the Edinburgh Medical Journal dated April 1858.
Service Record — William Mackenzie Skues
29 July 1853 Staff Assistant Surgeon.
1853 – 1855 Served in Sierra Leone and Gambia.
2 Nov 1855 Appointed Assistant Surgeon Royal Newfoundland Companies from the Staff vice Assistant Surgeon Gilbert William Spence who resigned his commission.
The Royal Newfoundland Companies were a British garrison unit of veterans stationed in St John's, Newfoundland from 1824 to 1862. In 1862, they were absorbed into the Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment.
2 Oct 1857 Married Margaret Ayre at St Thomas Anglican Church, St John's Newfoundland.
8 July 1862 Promoted Staff Surgeon vice Staff Surgeon Joshua Henry Porter who became Surgeon 89th Foot on 24 June 1862. The vacancy on the Staff was filled by the recall from half-pay of Staff Assistant Surgeon Augustus Robinson Hall.
28 June 1864 Surgeon 109th (Bombay Infantry) Regiment.
23 July 1870 Exchanged with Staff Surgeon Robert Thornton who moved from the Staff to 109th Foot.
Detachments of infantry occupied the barracks and huts at Pembroke Camp for the annual instruction in musketry from 1 January to 3 March, and from 5 October to 31 December 1870. The sick from the Camp were admitted to Forrest Hospital (Spinola Palace) St Julians. Between 5 October and 31 December 1870, Forrest Hospital was under medical charge of Staff Surgeon William Mackenzie Skues.