Surgeon, Herbert Mather Jamieson, M.B., Ch.B. – Died of Illness

Mercantile Marine, 23rd September 1915

Herbert Mather Jamieson

British Medical Journal from 25 November 1916

Extract from the above publication states:- Surgeon Herbert Mather Jamieson, R.N., died at Malta on September 26th, 1915, aged 33. He graduated M.B. Aberdeen in 1904, and for a number of years served as a surgeon in the Mercantile Marine. At the beginning of the war his ship was commandeered for transport work, and he volunteered for service with it. He was wounded off Gallipoli, but after recuperating for some time at home, he rejoined his ship, and died while still serving at Malta.

Aberdeen University Roll of Service

The above named book states :- JAMIESON, HERBERT MATHER: Surgeon, RNVR; son of Peter Jamieson, Willowbank, Aberdeen; born Aberdeen, 25 March 1883; educated at the Grammar School; graduated MB, 1904. He was for a time in practice in England and served as Lieutenant-Surgeon in the Volunteer Forces in Newcastle-on-Tyne. Later he went to sea as a Surgeon in the Mercantile Marine. When war broke out, Jamieson’s ship was taken over by the Admiralty for the transport of Australian troops to Gallipoli. He was wounded at the Dardanelles and invalided home. On recovery he re-joined his ship and died at sea, on Admiralty Service, 23 September 1915.

Further Life and Military Research

24 April 1899 – Commenced Aberdeen University Medical Course, graduating in 1904.

27 February 1908 – he is shown as resigning his commission in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, The Northumberland Fusiliers as shown in the London Gazette dated 27th March 1908.

His records show that he was on at least 3 vessels , they were :-

  • S.S. Athenia
  • S.S. Highland Watch – No.118403
  • S.S. Aeneas – No.131305
S.S. Aeneas believed to be the final ship of Herbert Jamieson’s service.

The newspapers after his death state that he was in Medical Practice at Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Herbert Mather Jamieson died from nephritis complicated with heart failure and is buried at Ta’Braxia Cemetery, Malta and remembered on the family grave at Allenvale Cemetery, Riverside Drive, Aberdeen. As he was in the Mercantile Marine and not killed in action, he was not entitled to a Commonwealth War Graves Commission gravestone under their regulations. He appears as being Royal Navy and also as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps in some documented memorials, however there is nothing to confirm he was part of either.

In some of the National Archive Ship Records, his name is shown as H. Walter Jamieson for search purposes, although I believe this a transcription error from the record which is written as H. Mather Jamieson.


Herbert Mather Jamieson was born on 25 March 1883 at Aberdeen.

In the 1891 and 1901 Census his address is shown as Willowbank, Holburn, Aberdeen living with the following:-

  • Father – Peter, born c.1853 at Aberdeen – Harness Composition Massage
  • Mother – Maggie, born c.1851 at Huntly, Aberdeenshire
  • Sister – Maggie, born c.1872 at Aberdeen – Scholar
  • Sister – Jemima T., born c.1875 at Aberdeen
  • Brother – Peter, born c.1876 at Aberdeen – Harness Manufacturer
  • Sister – Mary, born c.1877 at Aberdeen
  • Sister – Helen J., born c.1880 at Aberdeen
  • Brother – Charles J., born c.1880 at Aberdeen – Apprentice Compositor C.A.
  • Brother – William, born c.1881 at Aberdeen – Engineer
  • Sister – Rose, born c.1885 at Aberdeen
  • Brother – Douglas, born c.1887 at Aberdeen – Pupil

In an October edition of the 1915 Aberdeen Evening Express his father is shown as residing at Willowbank, Aberdeen and his mother at 35 Albert Street, Aberdeen.


  • In the 1891, 1901 and Medical Register of 1905 he is shown as residing at Willowbank, Hardgate, Aberdeen.
  • The 1910 Medical Register he is shown as residing at 1 Bristol Terrace, Beechgrove, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
  • The 1915 Medical Register, he is shown as residing at Heanish, Tiree, Argyll.
  • In the 1915 ships Log and on the Aberdeen Memorial Supplement, he is shown as residing at 35 Albert Street, Aberdeen which was his mothers address.


No record has been found of Herbert Mather Jamieson being awarded any medals for his service in the Great War.


Herbert Mather Jamieson is honoured and remembered on the supplement to the Aberdeen City War Memorial.

Links to Additional Information


  • 1891 Census
  • 1901 Census
  • Aberdeen University Roll of Service
  • British Medical Journal – dated 25 November 1916 (Page 739, Scotland)
  • London Gazette – 27 March 1908
  • National Maritime Museum – S.S. Aeneas
  • U.K. and Ireland Medical Directories for 1905, 1910 and 1915
  • U.K., Medical and Dental Students Registers, 1882 – 1937 (Med Students Register 1899)


Contributors to Research:-

  • Richard Dickens
  • Vincent Stuart
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