Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison Woolfryes John Andrew
192 Assistant Surgeon John Andrew Woolfryes CMG (1879) QHP (1898) KCB (1902) LSAL (1845) MRCS (Eng 1846) MD (St And 1859) 14 June 1823 [Salisbury] – 12 Jan 1912 [Wells Somerset]
Surgeon John Andrew Woolfryes served in the Ashanti War of 1873–1874, part of the time as Principal Medical Officer. He was at the Battles of Amoaful and Ordahsu and the capture of Coomassie. He was mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 7 March 1874) and promoted Deputy Surgeon General. He received the medal with clasp.
In 1877–1879, Surgeon John Andrew Woolfryes served in South Africa as Principal Medical Officer during the Kaffir Campaign. He took part in operations against the Galekas and Gaikas, was present in the attack on the Intaba Ka Udoda and Bashee. He was mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 26 February 1878) and was made CB.
Surgeon John Andrew Woolfryes was the Principal Medical Officer in the Zulu Campaign. He was occupied in Natal for many months before the declaration of war in making preparations for the campaign under considerable local difficulties. He was uninterruptedly in medical charge, both during the anxious time of disaster and defeat, and when the subsequent arrival of reinforcements rendered him responsible for the medical care of nearly 20,000 men. He was present in operations against Sekukuni. He was mentioned in despatches, received the Medal with clasp and was made a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George.
Surgeon John Andrew Woolfryes published:
The war in Zululand. AMD Report Vol XXI (1879).
The medical history of the Galeka - The Gaika War of 1877–1878. AMD Report Vol XX (1878).
Service Record — John Andrew Woolfryes
13 July 1847 Appointed Assistant Surgeon 71st (Highland) Light Infantry vice Assistant Surgeon James Johnston promoted surgeon to 26th Foot, vice Stewart who moved to the Staff.
24 Sept 1850 Assistant Surgeon Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment.
25 June 1852 Assistant Surgeon 10th (North Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot.
20 July 1855 Promoted Staff Surgeon of the 2nd Class from 1st/10th Foot.