​The very fine Crimean War Siege of Sebastopol Order of the Medjidieh 4th Class group awarded to Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals Dr T.D. Hume, Army Medical Department, who was the Principal Medical Officer of the 3rd Division and then the 4th Division in the Crimea, and was decorated for ‘distinguished services before the enemy during the war against Russia’ by the Sultan of Turkey on 2nd March 1858. He became an Inspector General in 1861, and was Inspector General at Malta from 1862 through to 1865, being responsible for the construction

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The very fine Crimean War Siege of Sebastopol Order of the Medjidieh 4th Class group awarded to Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals Dr T.D. Hume, Army Medical Department, who was the Principal Medical Officer of the 3rd Division and then the 4th Division in the Crimea, and was decorated for ‘distinguished services before the enemy during the war against Russia’ by the Sultan of Turkey on 2nd March 1858. He became an Inspector General in 1861, and was Inspector General at Malta from 1862 through to 1865, being responsible for the construction of the Women’s Hospital at Floriana.

Group of 3: Crimea Medal 1854-1855, 1 Clasp: Sebastopol, officially impressed naming; (DEP.INSP.-GNL. OF HOSP. DR. HUME. STAFF.); Turkey – Ottoman Empire: Order of the Medjidieh 4th Class, silver, gold and enamel, with Rosette on ribbon, of Crimean War period, with ribbon pin; Turkey – Turkish Crimea Medal 1855, Sardinian issue, unnamed as issued.

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Thomas David Hume was born on 24th September 1808, and decided to follow a career in medicine, being appointed a Hospital Assistant on 26th October 1826, he was then appointed Assistant Surgeon of the 84th York and Lancaster Regiment of Foot.

On 28th November 1834, Hume was appointed Assistant Surgeon of the 43rd Regiment of Foot – the Monmouthshire Light Infantry, and on 2nd July 1841 he was promoted to Staff Surgeon 2nd Class. On 14th June 1842 Hume was appointed Surgeon of the 82nd Regiment of Foot – the Prince of Wale’s Volunteers, and on 26th November 1852 he was promoted to Staff Surgeon 1st Class, whilst still serving with the 82nd Foot.

Posted to the Crimea, he was promoted to Deputy Inspector General on 29th June 1855, and appointed Principal Medical Officer of the 3rd Division for the remainder of the siege of Sebastopol, which ended on 9th September 1855, and then on through the winter of 1855, and was afterwards appointed Principal Medical Officer of the 4th Division for the remainder of the war. As a result of his ‘distinguished services before the enemy during the war against Russia’ Hume was awarded by the Sultan of Turkey, the Order of the Medjidieh on 2nd March 1858.

On 31st December 1861 Hume was promoted to Inspector General at Malta, following on from John Forrest, who had gone on half-pay. At this time, Hume was in England, and he was then sent to Malta on 4th July 1862. In October 1862, on Hume’s recommendation, a large mess hut and two adjacent smaller ones on the Crown Works at Floriana, were converted into a Special Female Hospital for the garrison with 14 beds. Hume set about improving the conditions of married soldiers in the garrison. On 22nd April 1865, Hume was the Member of a Special Board of Enquiry set up by the Government to enquire into the cause of fever at Zetjun in south-eastern Malta. Other members of the Board were Dr Engerer, Dr A. Ghio, Dr S.L. Pisani, and Inspector of Hospitals Matthew Thomas Patrick. The Board concluded that the fever at Zetjun which lasted from January to April 1865 was typhus fever.

On 22nd June 1865, Hume left Malta, and on 1st October 1865 he retired on half-pay, and died at Gladstone House in Southsea aged 80 on 16th March 1888. Confirmed as his full entitlement.


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