Regiments of the Malta Garrison The Hampshire Regiment (37th/67th)
The Hampshire Regiment (37th/67th)
The Hampshire Regiment was formed on 1 July 1881 through the merger of the 37th (North Hampshire) Regiment with the 67th (South Hampshire) Regiment of Foot.
The 37th became the 1st Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. It fought at the Battle of Minden on 1 August 1759 and roses from Minden Heath were grown at its Regimental Depot at Winchester.
The 67th became the 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. It distinguished itself in the China War of 1860 when it won no less than four Victoria Crosses. On 1 February 1827, the 67th was granted permission to bear on its Colours the Royal Tiger with the word India superscribed, to commemorate its service in India between 1805 and 1826.
The rose beneath the Royal Tiger is a double rose known as the Hampshire Rose. This was the red rose of Henry V which was conferred to the City of Winchester in 1415. The Hampshires became a Royal Regiment in 1946, and the prefix Royal appeared on the badge from April 1949.
In September 1992, the regiment amalgamated with the Queen's Regiment to form the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires).
21 Feb 1941 The Hampshire Regiment returned to Malta in 1941. It formed part of 1st Malta Bde (later 231 Infantry Brigade) of the 50th Northumbrian Division, with the 2nd/Devonshire Regiment, and the 1st/Dorsetshire Regiment.
8 Sep 1903 The 2nd Battalion embarked at Southampton from Portsmouth on the Soudan. It arrived in Malta on 16 Sep 1903.
The regiment was quartered at Verdala Barracks Cottonera for the duration of their posting to Malta. A portion of the battalion occupied some of the smaller barracks in Cottonera Lines such as the Polverista and St Clement's Barracks.
The following was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1903:
7 NovEillen Lilian Giddens aged 3 months, died at Verdala.
1905 The battalion occupied Verdala Barracks Cottonera with detachments at Polverista, St Clements and Zabbar Gate Barracks. Verdala Barracks consisted of 66 small casemate rooms, each accommodating 10 men. The rooms were arranged on two floors and in two rows. The rooms in Polverista were arched casemates each accommodating 14 men.
The following was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1905:
29 June Pte Thomas Henry Baker 2nd/Hampshire aged 29 years 4 months of Verdala Barracks.
2 Dec 1905 The 2nd Battalion embarked for Bermuda on the Soudan.
The 1st/7th Battalion Hampshire Regiment
1917 — 1st/7th Hampshire
The following were baptised at the Military Families Hospital Auberge d'Aragon in 1917:
28 FebPaul Ralph Emerson Jenkins born on 22 February 1917, twin son of Capt Ralph Emerson Jenkins 1st/7th Hampshire Regt and Nancy resident at Fovy Dene Cecil Avenue Bournemouth.
28 FebMichael Thomas Emerson Jenkins born on 22 February 1917, twin son of Capt Ralph Emerson Jenkins 1st/7th Hampshire Regt and Nancy resident at Fovy Dene Cecil Avenue Bournemouth.
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TNA:WO 379/11. Stations of Regiments 1859–1900.
TNA:WO 379/15. Stations of Regiments 1901–1920.
TNA:WO 156/115. Register of burials in the military cemetery Rinella from January 1890 to January 1908.
TNA:WO 156/599. Register of baptisms in the Barracca Church Valletta from 18 August 1916 to 6 November 1949.