David Bruce Naval Hospital Mtarfa

Staff Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison
Ward Lucas

Purveyor Clerk Lucas Ward
? – 1 Jan 1855 [Scutari]

14 Oct 1809 Purveyor Clerk.

Served at Walcheren (July-Dec 1809)

Served in the Peninsular War (1808–1814).

1815 Served in the Napoleonic Wars and was present at the surrender of Paris.

Malta 25 Dec 1823 Purveyor Clerk Malta Command.

Malta 1824 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1825 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1826 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

8 Mar 1826 Lucas Ward, son of Clerk to the Purveyor of the Forces Lucas Ward and his wife Mary, born on 19 November 1824, was baptised on 8 March 1826.

8 Mar Jane Ward, daughter of Lucas Ward and his wife Mary, born on 26 December 1825, was baptised on 8 March 1826.

4 July 1826 Death of a daughter, Jane aged 6 months.

Malta 1827 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1828 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1829 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1830 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1831 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1832 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1833 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1834 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

His accommodation consisted of two rooms in the General Hospital.

Malta 1835 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1836 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1837 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta June–Oct 1837 Epidemic of cholera in Malta.

Malta 1838 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1839 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 16 Nov 1840 Left on a "particular service" to Constantinople, possibly as part of a group of medical officers who accompanied DIG John Davy.

Malta 23 June 1841 Returned to Malta from a "particular" service to Constantinople.

Malta 1842 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1843 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

15 February 1843 Mary Ward a spinster daughter of Lucas Ward of the Medical Staff in Malta married Lt John Hughes LLoyd RN, a bachelor of the Parish of Llanfair in the County of Merioneth, North Wales. One of the witnesses was Inspector General Martin Mahony Montagu.

Malta 1844 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1845 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1846 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 23 June 1847 On leave to England.

Malta June 1848 Returned from England.

Malta 1849 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1850 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1851 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 1852 On garrison duty as purveyor clerk.

Malta 27 Apr 1853 Purveyor. He occupied the post of purveyor despite being in his sixties.

The Purveyor Department was abolished in 1830 but the purveyor remained under the control of the Army Medical Department although purveyors considered themselves independent of it.

Malta 25 Apr 1854 Left on the steamer Emeu, accompanied by his wife Jane.

The General hospital at Scutari was opened on 10 June 1854, and Lucas Ward became Purveyor in chief at the hospital. He was then 67 years old. Ward was deemed to be inefficient by the Superintendent of the Scutari Hospital Staff Surgeon Menzies, who unsuccessfully tried to get Ward discharged on half-pay.

The Purveyor's Department during the War in the Crimea was subordinated to the Secretary for War and not to the Medical Department. A Medical Board found Ward unfit for office and recommended his return to England. Lord Raglan, however, retained Ward, who was not replaced until Oct 1854 by Purveyor Matthew Wreford.

1 Jan 1855 Died at the General Hospital Scutari of Dysentery. His wife followed him to her grave a few days later. Both were nearly 70 years old.

Sources

  1. Entry No: 5143. 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. TNA:WO 25/3902, (1790–1847); Records of Service - Officers of the Medical Department.
  3. TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Marriage Register 11 July 1839 to 14 May 1859.
  4. http://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/s3-3/134/714.2.full.pdf - his unfitness in crimea page 716 BMJ 27 july 1855