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Biographical entry Wyatt, John (1825 - 1874)

CB (mil) 1873; MRCS May 26th 1848; FRCS Dec 13th 1866.

22 October 1825
2 April 1874
General surgeon


The eldest son of James Wyatt, of Lidsey, near Chichester, by his wife, Caroline, born Oct 22nd, 1825, and baptized in the parish church of Aldingbourne, Sussex, on Oct 28th, 1825.

He entered the Army as Assistant Surgeon on June 17th, 1851, was gazetted Surgeon on April 9th, 1857, and Surgeon Major on Jan 9th, 1863, being attached during the whole of his service to the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards. He saw active service in the Crimea, and was present at the Battles of the Alma, Balaclava, and Inkerman, and at the siege of Sebastopol. At Inkerman his horse was shot under him. He received the Crimean Medal with four Clasps, the Turkish Medal, and the knighthood of the Legion of Honour.

He was selected by the War Department in 1870 to act as Medical Commissioner at the head-quarters of the French Army during the Franco-German War, and was present in this capacity through the whole of the siege of Paris. He rendered important services to the sick and wounded as a member of the Société de Secours aux Blessés and was attached to an ambulance. He was decorated CB for his services in 1873, died at Bournemouth on April 2nd, 1874, and was buried in the Brompton Cemetery.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Dict Nat Biog, sub nomine et auct ibi cit. Johnston's RAMC Roll, No 5066].

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