Admissions into hospital and deaths during the year with ratio of admissions and deaths per 1000 of strength. The average strength of the troops, exclusive of the Royal Malta Artillery, was 7,390 men.
The 1st/Border Regiment was quartered at Mtarfa Barracks for 8 months and at Floriana for 4 months where it occupied Notre Dame Ravelin and the Old Laboratory, Valletta. It moved to Marsamxetto Barracks Valletta on the arrival of the 3rd/Lancaster Regiment.
12 Sep 1898 A detachment of about 251 men arrived at Crete from Malta. It left Crete on 4 November.
Its average constantly sick was 48.64. The average sick time to each soldier was 21.55 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 19.33 days.
The following were baptised in Malta in 1898:
2 MarHerbert John Bailey born on 8 December 1897, son of Sgt George Bailey and Kate Elizabeth, resident at Mtarfa.
2 MarWilliam Seymour McBride born on 1 February 1898, son of L/Sgt William John McBride and Lilian Gabrielle Katherine, resident at Mtarfa.
14 MarFreda Sybil Lilian Valletta Lambeth born on 19 February 1898, daughter of CSgt Frederick Charles Lambeth and Eva Minnie, resident at Mtarfa.
The following were buried in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1898:
28 FebMary Tuffin, aged 39 years, wife of Pte Tuffin.
3 JulyMargaret Anne Foreman, aged 8 months, daughter of Sgt Foreman.
1 Sep Strength: 985 men. The regiment was located at Floriana Barracks.
6 Sep A detail from the 1st/Border Regiment separated from the main body at Malta and embarked for Southampton. It arrived at Shorncliffe on 14 September 1899 an djoined Details left behind when the battalion embarked for Malta.
27 Sep 1899 The Border Regiment embarked on SS Sumatra for Natal, South Africa. It landed at Cape Town on 29 October 1899, and formed part of 5th Bde under Major General Hart.
2 Feb 1899 Baptism of John Charles Henry Cain born on 23 January 1899, son of Drm John Edwin Cain and Priscilla Elizabeth, resident at Valletta.
The following were buried in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1899:
18 Jan Pte Alfred William Grose, aged 20 years.
4 Mar Pte John Denwood aged 21 years.
14 July Child Rhoda Margaret Wigglesworth, aged 1 year 1 month, daughter of Pte Wigglesworth.
29 July Pte James Shaw, aged 23 year 4 months.
5 Oct Pte William Henry Clay, aged 25 year.
The 55th Regiment
1855 – 55th Regiment
The following were buried at Malta in 1855:
22 Mar Pte John Pierce 55th Regiment aged 26 years.
31 July Pte Charles Hands 55th Regiment.
The 2nd/Border Regiment
1 July 1881 The 55th Regiment became the 2nd Battalion The Border regiment.
2 Nov 1888 The 2nd/Border Regiment (714 men (8 coys) embarked at Portsmouth for Malta. It disembarked in Malta on 13 November 1888.
It had an average strength of 89 men. It had 110 admissions into hospital.
Its average constantly sick was 6.55. The average sick time to each soldier was 26.93 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.70 days.
The 2nd/Border Regiment was quartered as follows: HQ, A Coy and B Coys at Isola Gate, C Coy, Band and Drums at St Francesco de Paola, G Coy at St Paul's Bastion, and D Coy, E Coy and F Coy at Polverista Barracks.
The officers' mess occupied the Inquisitor's Palace Vittoriosa.
The 2nd/Border Regiment had an average strength of 123 men. It had 93 admissions into hospital with 3 deaths. 2 invalids returned to England.
Its average constantly sick was 6.58. The average sick time to each soldier was 19.53 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.82 days.
21 Feb 1890 The 2nd/Border Regiment was quartered at Verdala Barracks Cottonera for 1 3/4 months with detachments at Pembroke Camp. It embarked for Bombay India on 21 Feb 1890, where it arrived on 10 Mar 1890. It was relieved in Malta by the 1st/Bedfordshire Regiment.
The following were baptised in 1890:
19 JanGeorgina Thorne born 28 Dec 1889, daughter of Susannah and Sgt Maj William Palmer Thorne.
29 JanRobert Harold Jenkins born 29 Jan 1890, son of Mabel Ada and Capt Noble Fleming Jenkins.
4 MayFrederick Thomas Matthews born 8 Apr 1890, son of Elizabeth Annie and Sgt James Allen Matthews.
The following burials took place at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1890:
18 JanJohn Arbuckle aged 40 years 11 months, died at Margherita Hill.
30 JanRobert H Jenkins aged 2 hours, died at Strada Margherita.
4 FebAlfred Small aged 20 years 3 months, died at Cottonera Hospital.
16 FebRobert W Goulds aged 21 years 10 months, died at Cottonera Hospital.