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Biographical entry O'Brien, Peter (1806 - 1882)

MRCS June 9th 1843; FRCS Dec 9th 1858; LMS Calcutta.

19 November 1806
24 March 1882
St Helier's, Jersey
General surgeon


Born at Galway on Nov 19th, 1806, and received his professional training at Calcutta Medical College and at St George's Hospital. He was Uncovenanted Medical Officer with the Gwalior Contingent from March 2nd, 1846, to Nov 19th, 1853, when he joined the Bengal Army as Assistant Surgeon, being promoted to Surgeon on Nov 15th, 1864. He was nominated for the Army by J Cotton on the recommendation of Sir James Ronald Martin (qv) for his services as an Uncovenanted Medical Officer. His active service included Central India (1844-1850), when he was present in minor operations; Burma (1852-1853), when he was at the capture of Ava; and during the Indian Mutiny (1857-1858), when in the Central India Campaign. He took part with the 3rd Bombay European Regiment in the actions at Madapura and Betwa, the siege and storm of Jhansi, the action of Kunch, and the capture of Lahuri and Kalpi (Medal with Clasp). He retired on July 6th, 1866, practised for a time at Tudor Square, Tenby, South Wales, and died at St Helier's, Jersey, on March 24th, 1882.

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