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Biographical entry West, Sir Augustus (1788 - 1868)

Knight Bachelor, 1824; MRCS, May 4th, 1804; FRCS, Dec 11th, 1843, one of the original 300 Fellows; MD St Andrews, 1818.

16 August 1868
Monfermeil, France
General surgeon


Entered the Army as Surgeon’s Mate, unattached, on May 26th, 1804; was gazetted Assistant Surgeon to the 4th Foot on Nov 7th, 1805, was promoted to Staff Surgeon in Portugal under Lieut-General S W Carr Beresford on Aug 17th, 1809, and to the rank of Deputy Inspector of Hospitals in Portugal on Oct 19th, 1815, and was appointed Physician in Ordinary to the King of Portugal.

His British rank dated from March 25th, 1813, temporary Staff Surgeon; Oct 25th, 1814, permanent; on April 29th, 1818, Brevet Deputy Inspector of Hospitals, later Deputy Inspector of Hospitals, then Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals on Nov 18th, 1824; on this date he retired on half pay, and was knighted at Carlton House on Nov 24th (KHS, Oct 28th, 1824).

His active service included Hanover, 1805; Copenhagen, 1807; Walcheren, 1809; Portugal and Spain from 1808-1815. On retirement he lived for a time in Portugal, then in Paris, and died at Montfermeil on Aug 16th, 1868.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Johnston’s RAMC Roll, No. 2547].

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