In message <199707281455.HAA01937(a)f69.hotmail.com>, "Brenton C. Wood"
I would be interested to know if anyone has information or can suggest
how I can find information about Surgeon Major John WOOD, born Jedburgh
Scotland, who was in India with his wife Marjorie Maxwell ORMISTON from
about 1846 to at least 1857. I understand he was based at Simla and was
in Delhi with the 38th Regiment at the time of the Sepoy rebellion.
The story of their escape from Delhi was well chronicled in the Times
and is also mentioned in the book "Angels of Albion", recently published
by Jane Robinson.
The WOODs migrated to New Zealand in 1862.
I would appreciate help in researching his service in India. Any
suggestions would be most welcome.
It's my understanding that prior to 1857 the HEIC recruited physicians
to serve in India, St Helena and the Straits Settlements as one group.
They were ranked either Assistant Surgeon or Surgeon according to their
seniority. I think it was only after 1858 when the Indian Medical
Service was established that Army ranks were used. If his ultimate rank
was Surgeon Major, this suggests to me that he did indeed continue to
serve after 1857.
There are two books published by Col. D.G. Crawford. His "Roll of the
Indian Medical Service 1615-1930" is a complete listing, while his
"History of the Indian Medical Service" contains brief biographies of
some of its better known members. Dodwell & Miles "An alphabetical list
of Indian medical officers 1764-1838" will probably be a little too
early for him.
The India Office Library in London has the original records of
appointment of all physicians from 1804 to 1914, in class L/MIL/9 with
an index in class Z/L/MIL/9/5. These are wonderful records to work with
as they frequently contain proof of baptism and medical competence. You
also get to see and handle the originals rather than squinting at a
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