James Barry

(c. 1799—1865) army medical officer and transvestite

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(1795–1865). Barry entered the British army as a hospital assistant in 1813, was appointed assistant surgeon in 1815, and rose to become inspector-general of the Army Medical Department in 1858. It was only after Dr Barry's death in 1865 that she was discovered to be a woman, having concealed her gender throughout her service.


From The Oxford Companion to Military History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Military History.

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