Medical Director-General of the Navy

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Office of the Medical Director-General of the Navy
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Navy Department
Member ofSecond Sea Lords Board of Management
Reports toSecond Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Inaugural holderSurgeon Vice-Admiral, Sir William H. Norman
Formation1917-1966

The Medical Director-General of the Navy was a senior appointment of the Royal Navy created in 1917. The office holder was a member of the Second Sea Lord’s Board of Management and chief medical adviser to the Board of Admiralty then later Admiralty Board.[1]

They are 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 Medical Branch.[2]

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 1917 the office of Director-General of the Medical Department of the Navy. was renamed Medical Director-General of the Navy. The office holder is a member of the Second Sea Lord’s Board of Management and the medical adviser to the Admiralty Board. 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 Royal Naval Medical Service.[3]

Office holders

  1. Surgeon Vice-Admiral, Sir William H. Norman, 1 June 1917 – 1 June 1919.
  2. Surgeon Vice-Admiral, Sir Robert Hill, 1 June 1919 – 1 October 1923[4]
  3. Surgeon Vice-Admiral, Sir Joseph Chambers, 1 October 1923 – 1927.[5]
  4. Surgeon Vice-Admiral, Sir Arthur Gaskell, 1927 – 1931.[6]
  5. Surgeon Vice-Admiral, R. W. B. Hall, 2 July 1934 – 2 July 1937.[7]
  6. Surgeon Vice-Admiral, Percival T. Nicholls, 2 July 1937 – 1945.[8]
  7. Surgeon Vice-Admiral Sir Sheldon Dudley, 1945 – 1946.[9]
  8. Surgeon Vice-Admiral Sir Henry St Clair Colson, 1946 – 1947.[10]
  9. Surgeon Vice-Admiral, Sir C. Edward Greeson, 1948 – 1951.[11]
  10. Surgeon Vice-Admiral, Sir Alexander Ingleby-Mackenzie, 1952 – 1956.[12]
  11. Surgeon Vice-Admiral, Sir R. Cyril May, 1956 – 1959.[13]
  12. Surgeon Vice-Admiral, William Robert Sylvester Panckridge, 1959 – 1966.[14]

Footnotes

  1. "Defence Medical Services". GOV.UK. Ministry of Defence UK. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  2. MOD UK.
  3. MOD UK.
  4. Government, H.M. (1922). "Admiralty". The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office. p. 1819.
  5. Government, H.M. (1924). "Admiralty". The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office. p. 407.
  6. England, Royal College of Surgeons of. "Gaskell, Sir Arthur - Biographical entry - Plarr's Lives of the Fellows Online". livesonline.rcseng.ac.uk. RCG, 4 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  7. The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office. p. 417.
  8. The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office. 1937. p. 418a.
  9. "Biography: Sir Henry St Clair Colson: RCP Museum". history.rcplondon.ac.uk. Royal College of Physicians. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  10. Royal College of Physicians.
  11. The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office. 1951. p. 329.
  12. The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office. April 1956. p. 1244.
  13. The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office. 1958. p. 1231.
  14. The Navy List. H.M. Stationery Office. February 1962. p. 911.