David Perston

Biography of David Perston

David Perston, signature in Register of Doctors of Medicine, 1821
David Perston, signature in Register of Doctors of Medicine, 1821

David Perston graduated MD from the University of Glasgow in 1821; prior to that he served as an Assistant Surgeon in the British Army at Waterloo.

A native Glaswegian, David Perston first appears in University matriculation records in 1805, attending Professor James Jeffray’s Anatomy classes. He remains on record until 1808, and then again for his MD in the 1820s.

Perston began service in the Army as a Hospital Mate, holding this position from 1808 until 1810. He then served as Assistant Surgeon with the 5/60th Rifles and later the 79th Foot Regiment. He was present at the Battle of Waterloo as Assistant Surgeon, receiving a medal for his service. Following Waterloo, Perston continued his service, present at a number of significant battles, including Fuentes De Onoro (1811), Salamanca (1812) and Quatre Bras (1815).

In February 1825, following his previous military success, Perston was positioned as Surgeon with the 26th Foot and likely served with them in Ireland. Before his retirement from service in May 1843, David Perston also held the position of Surgeon with the 4th Dragoon Guards and 13th Foot.


David Perston
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MD, 1821;
Occupation categories: Royal Army Medical Corps
Record last updated: 16th Jun 2015

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