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Biographical entry Spencer, Richard (1778 - 1868)

Member of the Company of Surgeons March 20th 1800; FRCS (by election) Aug 26th 1844.

26 April 1778
6 April 1868
Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire
Military surgeon


Born on April 26th, 1778. On April 9th, 1800, he became Surgeon's Mate on the Hospital Staff, unattached. On June 5th of the same year he was gazetted Assistant Surgeon to the 4th Foot, promoted to Surgeon on July 9th, 1803; transferred to the 66th Foot on May 23rd, 1805, back to the 4th Foot, and to the 21st Light Dragoons on May 22nd, 1806. He served with this regiment at the Cape of Good Hope and in India for a number of years. On Dec 14th, 1820, he was gazetted to the 62nd Foot. He retired on Feb 25th, 1821, on half pay, and died at Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire, on Aug 6th, 1868.

Richard Spencer, John Painter Vincent (qv), and John Smith Soden (qv) were amongst the thirty-nine candidates at the last examination held for the diploma of the Company of Surgeons - many of whom were 'referred'.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Johnston's RAMC Roll, No. 1997].

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