You are a gentleman and a scholar.
Many thanks for your prompt and very helpful reply. It's great to have
somewhere to start the process. I have found that the Crawford books
are available in some Australian libraries. I can see it will also be
worthwhile for me to visit to the OIOC. One day .....!
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 17:33:45 +0100
To: INDIA-L(a)rootsweb.com, "Brenton C. Wood" <bcwood(a)hotmail.com>
From: Barney Tyrwhitt-Drake <barney(a)tdrake.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Surgeon Major John WOOD HEIC
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
>Scotland, who was in India with his wife Marjorie Maxwell ORMISTON
>about 1846 to at least 1857. I understand he was based at Simla
>in Delhi with the 38th Regiment at the time of the Sepoy
>The story of their escape from Delhi was well chronicled in the Times
>and is also mentioned in the book "Angels of Albion", recently
>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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