Director-General of the Medical Department of the Navy

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Office of the Director-General of the Medical Department of the Navy
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Department of Admiralty
Member ofMedical Branch
Reports toSecond Sea Lord
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Inaugural holderSir William Burnett
Formation1844-1917

The Director-General of the Medical Department of the Navy was a senior appointment of the Royal Navy established in January 1844. The office holder was chief medical adviser to the Board of Admiralty.[1]

They were responsible for the control and direction of the Medical Department of the Navy which in turn superintends the Royal Navy's Naval Medical Service.

History

The origin of this appointment dates back to 1832 with the appointment of the Physician of the Navy that office went through a number name changes into the twentieth century. In January 1844 the office of Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets was renamed Director-General of the Medical Department of the Navy.[2] The office holder was the medical adviser to the Board of Admiralty. They were responsible for the control and direction of the Department of the Medical Director-General of the Navy which in turn superintends the Royal Navy's Naval Medical Service. In May 1917 this office holders title was altered to Medical Director-General of the Navy.[3]

Office Holders

  • Sir William Burnett, 1 January 1844 – 29 April 1845
  • Sir John Liddell, 30 April 1855 – 20 January 1864
  • Dr Alexander Bryson, 21 January 1864 – 14 April 1869
  • Sir Alexander Armstrong, 15 April 1869 – 31 January 1880
  • Sir John Watt Reid, 1 February 1880 – 26 February 1888
  • Surgeon Vice-Admiral, Sir James Nicholas Dick, 27 February 1888 – 31 March 1898[4]
  • Sir Henry Frederick Norbury, 1 April 1898 – 11 September 1904
  • Sir Herbert M. Ellis, 12 September, 12 September 1904 – 10 May 1908
  • Surgeon-General, Sir James Porter, 11 May 1908 – 10 May 1913
  • Surgeon Vice-Admiral, Sir Arthur W. May, 11 May 1913 – 31 May 1917

Footnotes

  1. Davis, Paul. "The Organisation of the Medical Department of the Royal Navy". www.pdavis.nl. Zeist, Netherlands: P. Davis. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. Davis.
  3. Davis.
  4. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Medical Director-General (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 3 November 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2019.

Bibliography

  1. Davis, Paul. "The Organisation of the Medical Department of the Royal Navy". www.pdavis.nl. Zeist, Netherlands: P. Davis. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Medical Director-General (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 3 November 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2019.