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The Royal Warwickshire Regiment (6th)

Warwickshire Regiment
An antelope with a coronet round its neck and a rope attached thereto which is draped towards the front, then over its back, falling to the near side. The antelope stands on a straight scroll. The regimental number lies central beneath the scroll.

The Royal Warwickshire Regiment was raised in 1673 as part of British troops for Dutch service against France. It was taken on the English establishment in 1688.

In 1743, it was numbered the 6th Regiment of Foot, to which 1st Warwickshire was added in 1782.

On 15 June 1832, the 6th Foot became a Royal Regiment and its facings were accordingly changed from orange to blue.

On 1 July 1881, the 6th (Royal 1st Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot became The Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

In 1963, the regimental title changed to The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers. In April 1968, the regiment merged with the 5th (The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers), the 20th Lancashire Fusiliers, and the 7th (The Royal Fusiliers – City of London) to form The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

The 1st Battalion The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

1895 1st/Royal Warwickshire

Warwickshire Bear
The Rampant Bear chained to a Ragged Staff was an old regimental badge of the 1st Warwickshire Militia raised in 1759, which became part of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1881.

The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment embarked at Southampton from Chatham on 5 Nov 1895. It disembarked at Malta on 15 November.

It had an average strength of 69 men with 52 admissions (753.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital.

Its average constantly sick was 2.50 (36.23/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.22 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.55 days.

The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment was quartered at Fort Chambray Gozo and Pembroke Camp for 6 weeks.

1896 1st/Royal Warwickshire

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TNA:WO 379/11 Movements of 1st Bn 6th Foot. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)

The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment had an average strength of 868 men. It had 812 admissions (935.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (4.61/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 38.60 (44.47/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.28 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.40 days.

The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment was quartered at Fort Chambray Gozo for 12 months. It had detachments at Pembroke Camp.

On 21st February 1896, Captain Carey died at Pembroke Camp from enteric fever; Private Lucas died mid February also of enteric fever. In March, the Earl of Buckinghamshire asked the Secretary of State for War whether any inquiry had been instituted into the sanitary arrangements at Pembroke Camp. He also wished to know the amount of money which had been spent there on sanitary arrangements since the last outbreak of enteric fever, and the cause of death of Captain Carey and Private Lucas.

The Earl remarked that he had received information that Pembroke Camp was in a shockingly insanitary condition. In consequence of deaths from enteric fever some time since, the drains had been opened and examined, and though they were found to be in a very foul condition and dangerous to the health of the troops, no prompt remedial measures were taken. Thus, the troops of the two regiments stationed at the camp had been obliged to turn out into the parade ground because of the insanitary condition of the barracks. He hoped the Secretary for War would be able to assure the House that the matter would be immediately attended to, and that the report of the joint civil and military committee as to the condition of the camp in question at Malta would be acted upon.

-The Marquis of Lansdowne replied that the last inquiry into the sanitary condition of Pembroke Camp, Malta, had been held by a joint civil and military committee early in 1894. This inquiry revealed grave defects in the sanitary arrangements of Pembroke Camp, the chief points requiring attention being the water supply, which was shown to be polluted, and the drainage, which required complete renovation. Suspicion had been also cast on the supply of mineral waters and milk by hawkers to the soldiers, and the attention of the General Officer Commanding had been called to this point.

Consequently, the polluted water supply had been cut off, and none but aqueduct water was now used. The question of renovating the drainage of the camp had proved a more difficult one, as a complete scheme for remodelling the drainage of the whole island had been under consideration, and a thorough reconstruction of the sewers of the camp could only be undertaken in connection with it. Much had, however, been done to improve the sanitation. The remodelling of the drainage of the upper half of the camp had been sanctioned in May last, and considerable progress had been made with the work.

As to the second part of the question, he was afraid he could not say what amount had been spent on the drainage since the last outbreak of enteric fever, which he regretted to say occurred only a month or two ago, Captain Carey dying on February 21st and Private Lucas about the same time. During 1895, a very considerable sum had been devoted to the partial remodelling to which he had already referred. As, however, this had been done in connection with the reconstruction of a part of the barracks and the specific expenditure on drainage had not been earmarked, he was afraid he could not state its exact amount.

1897 1st/Royal Warwickshire

The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment had an average strength of 63 men. It had 34 admissions (539.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (15.87/1000 mean strength). 6 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 2.86 (45.40/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.57 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 30.70 days.

The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment was quartered at Pembroke Camp for 20 days. It left for Egypt on 20 Jan 1897.

The 2nd Battalion The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

2nd Roy War
TNA:WO 379/15 Movements of 2nd and 3rd Bn 6th Foot. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)

1912 2nd/Royal Warwickshire

29 Nov 1912 The 2nd Bn embarked on the Dongola at Southampton from Portland Barracks Dorset. It disembarked at Malta on 29 Nov 1912.

1913 2nd/Royal Warwickshire

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TNA:WO 379/11 Movements of 2nd Bn. (Courtesy of Mr R Sellstrom BEM)

The following were baptised in the Zejtun Gate Church Room in 1913:

  1. 18 May Elizabeth Esther Shelley born on 21 April, daughter of Sgt John Thomas and Nellie Shelley of Verdala Barracks.
  2. 26 June Joan Marjorie West born on 23 May, daughter of Sgt Thomas and Elizabeth West of New Quarters Verdala Barracks.
  3. 7 July Arthur Gregory Garvey born on 12 June, son of Sgt John and Sarah Ann Garvey of St Nicholas Married Quarters Verdala Barracks.
  4. 20 July Patrick Vincent Smith born on 6 June, son of Cpl Thomas Patrick Vincent and Hilda Smith of Old Married Quarters Verdala Barracks.
  5. 23 July Francis William Harold Webb born on 4 July, son of Cpl William and Edith Frances Webb of Old Married Quarters Verdala Barracks.
  6. 23 July Ethel Lillie Webb born on 4 July, daughter of Cpl William and Edith Frances Webb of Old Married Quarters Verdala Barracks.
  7. 17 Aug Lilian Blueneu Johnson born on 6 July, daughter of CSgt George Washington and Daisy Johnson of New Married Quarters Verdala Barracks.
  8. 16 Aug Benjamin Morris Davies born on 12 August, son of Cpl Benjamin Morris and Jane Davies of Old Married Quarters Verdala Barracks.
  9. 31 Aug Charles Wilfred Moon born on 31 July, son of CSgt John Charles and Clarissa Moon of Married Quarters Verdala Barracks.
  10. 9 Nov Phyllis Evelina Luckman born on 16 October, daughter of Sgt William and Alice Gertrude Luckman of Married Quarters Verdala Barracks.
  11. 27 Dec Edward Walter Anthony Yorke born on 28 November, son of Sgt Edward Walter and Emily Yorke of New Quarters Verdala Barracks.

1914 2nd/Royal Warwickshire

7 Mar 1914 Frederick Edwin Sydney son of Edwina Beatrice and Cpl Frederick George Girling of Imtarfa Barracks, was baptised at the Imtarfa Church Room.

29 July 1914 Mobilisation Order received at midnight. By 01:00 hrs 30 July all depôts were opened and stores and equipment were prepared for issue. All units in Malta had draw their ammunition by midnight 30 July other than the Army Pay Corps.

Malta 24 Aug 1914 Ordnance Stores Malta started packing mobilisation equipment for the regiment.

Malta 29 Aug 1914 The 2nd Bn drew its mobilisation equipment from Ordnance Stores Malta.

Malta 3 Sept 1914 The 2nd/Royal Warwickshire embarked for England on H. T. Ultonia.

The 3rd Battalion The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

1898 3rd/Royal Warwickshire

The 3rd/Royal Warwickshire Regiment was formed at Chatham on 1 Apr 1898. It arrived from Gravesend, Kent on 11 July 1898.

It had an average strength of 330 men with 575 admissions (1742.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 2 deaths (6.06/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 22.93 (69.18/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 25.36 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 14.56 days.

The 3rd/Royal Warwickshire Regiment was quartered at Verdala Barracks for 5 months.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1898:

  1. 16 Oct Victoria Violet Maude Stevens born on 21 July 1898, daughter of L/Cpl George Stevens and Annie Hannah, resident at Cottonera.
  2. 16 Oct George Edward James Stevens born on 9 September 1898, son of L/Cpl George Stevens and Annie Hannah, resident at Cottonera.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1898:

  1. 22 July Arthur Edward Amor aged 14 months, died at Cottonera.
  2. 16 Aug Christina Mary Jeliffe aged 11 months, daughter of Cpl Jeliffe died at Zabbar Gate Barracks.
  3. 12 Dec Pte George Gosling aged 19 years, died at Cottonera.
  4. 22 Dec Pte Harry Smith aged 20 years, died at Cottonera.

1899 3rd/Royal Warwickshire

George Deane
Sgt George Deane G Coy died Mellieha 29 Nov 1900 aged 33 yrs. (Mtarfa Military Cemetery)
William Burnell
Pte William Burnell D Coy 3rd Bn drowned at St Paul's Bay on 24th Feb 1902, aged 30 yrs and 6 mths. (Mtarfa Military Cemetery)

Malta 1 June 1899 Strength: 920 men located at Verdala Barracks. The battalion moved into Mellieha Camp in July 1899.
Malta 1 Dec 1899 Strength: 969 men located at Floriana Barracks.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1899:

  1. 5 Feb Beryl Melita Taylor born on 16 January 1899, daughter of QM Daniel Taylor and Alice Maud Mary, resident at Cottonera.
  2. 1 Oct George Arthur Shear born on 20 September 1899, son of Sgt Arthur Shear and Lily, resident at Verdala Barracks.
  3. 28 Oct Lilian Rose Emma Heath born on 31 July 1899, daughter of Sgt George Sydney Heath and Rose Hannah, resident at Floriana.
  4. 1 Nov Mildred Florence Field born on 13 September 1899, daughter of Cpl George Field and Sarah Ann, resident at Valletta.
  5. 4 Nov Winifred Ethel May Smith born on 23 September 1899, daughter of Sgt William Henry Smith and Ellen Elizabeth, resident at Floriana.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1899:

  1. 7 Mar Armourer Sgt William Fieldhouse aged 30 years died at Cottonera.
  2. 13 Mar Pte James Charles Hunt aged 18 years died at Cottonera.
  3. 23 Mar George Dennis Nagle aged 9 months son of Pte Nagle died at Cottonera.
  4. 2 June Kathleen Hannah Emmon aged 14 days daughter of Cpl Prentice Emmon died at Cottonera.
  5. 7 June Minot Williams aged 10 minutes son of CSgt died at Cottonera.
  6. 7 Aug William Ernest Jennings aged a few minutes son of Cpl died at Cottonera.
  7. 21 Aug Maria Stephen Jennings aged 30 years, wife of Cpl William Jennings died at Cottonera.
  8. 24 Oct Albert Callender aged 9 months, son of Sgt died at Cottonera.

1900 3rd/Royal Warwickshire

Charles H Dimbleby
Sgt Charles Henry Dimbleby 3rd Bn of Louth died 7 Oct 1902 aged 27 yrs. Memorial erected by his wife and only sister. (Pieta' Military Cemetery)

Malta 1 Jan 1900 Strength: 939 men located at Floriana Barracks.

Malta 1 July Strength: 855 men.

The following was baptized in Malta in 1900:

  1. 14 Feb George Clifford Sweeting born on 29 January 1900, son of L/Cpl Charles Sweeting and Florence Kate, resident at Valletta.

The following was buried in Malta in 1900:

  1. 30 Nov Sgt George Dean aged 35 yrs buried at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 1, Grave 7). Sgt Dean died at Mellieha Camp.

1901 3rd/Royal Warwickshire

Malta 1901 Strength: 834 men located at St George's Barracks Pembroke.

1902 3rd/Royal Warwickshire

Malta 25 Feb 1902 Burial of Pte William Burnell aged 30 yrs, at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 1, Grave 13). Burnell was found drowned at St Paul's Bay.

Malta 28 Oct 1902 The 3rd/Royal Warwickshire embarked on the Staffordshire for Bermuda where it arrived on 15 Nov 1902.

References

  1. Farmer, J. S., 1984. The regimental records of the British Army Reprint Edition, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Crecy Books.
  2. Edwards, T. J., 1980. Regimental Badges First Edition, Tonbridge, Kent: Ernest Benn Ltd.
  3. TNA:WO 379/11. Stations of Regiments 1859–1900.
  4. TNA:WO 379/15. Stations of Regiments 1901–1920.
  5. TNA:ADM 338/54. Baptisms in the Garrison of Malta in the Imtarfa Church Room.
  6. Medico-Parliamentary, Camp arrangements at Malta - Pembroke Camp. Brit Med J (1896), 1; 824 (Published 28 March 1896).
  7. TNA:WO 156/115. Register of burials in the military cemetery Rinella from January 1890 to January 1908.
  8. TNA:WO 156/600. Register No 19. Baptisms in the Chapel School of Margherita and in the Zejtun Gate Church Room between 29 April 1913 to 11 August 1918.
  9. TNA:WO 156/598. Baptism Register No 16; Malta from 20 February 1898 to 17 July 1916.