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The Royal Garrison Regiment

The Royal Garrison Regiment was formed in 1901 and consisted of five battalions. The regiment served as an infantry reserve for service during the second Boer War.

The 1st, 3rd and 4th Battalions arrived at Malta in 1901. In April 1904 the battalions from Malta left for South Africa to relief the regular units which returned to normal duties.

The 2nd Battalion was formed at Aldershot on 10 April 1901 and embarked for Gibraltar in May 1901. It left for Durban South Africa on 11 April 1904. The 2nd Battalion returned to Southampton on 4 August 1905 and was disbanded on 15 September 1905.

The 5th Battalion Royal Garrison Regiment was raised at Aldershot on 1 March 1902. It embarked for Halifax Nova Scotia on 20 September 1902. The battalion returned to Liverpool on 24 November 1905 and was disbanded on 31 December 1905.

The Royal Garrison Regiment was disbanded in 1908.

The 1st Battalion Royal Garrison Regiment

1901 1st/Royal Garrison Regiment

1st Roy Garrison
TNA:WO 379/15 Troop Movements 1st Royal Garrison Regt. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)

31 May 1901 The 1st/Royal Garrison Regiment was formed at Aldershot on 10 Apr 1901. It embarked at Southampton on the SS Formosa and disembarked at Malta on 31 May 1901.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1901:

  1. 15 June Frances Maude Lyne aged 8 months, died at Verdala Barracks.
  2. 15 June Mabel Irene Muir aged 4 months, died at Verdala Barracks.
  3. 2 July Garwaker aged 34 yearss, died at Cottonera.
  4. 25 August William Young aged 34 years, died at Verdala Barracks.
  5. 26 September William Borling aged 38 years, died at Verdala Barracks.
  6. 18 November Pte John Tipping aged 33 years 6 months, died at Cottonera Hospital.

1902 1st/Royal Garrison Regiment

Fort Verdala
Fort Verdala Cottonera built in 1853 behind Verdala Curtain within the Firenzuola lines of fortifications.

Malta 1902 The regiment was located at Verdala Barracks.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1902:

  1. 4 January Pte James Woodley aged 38 years, died at Cottonera Hospital.
  2. 2 May Sgt James McReynolds aged 40 years, died at Verdala Barracks.
  3. 3 May Pte Edward Cunningham Evans aged 37 years, died at Verdala Barracks.
  4. 5 May Eliizabeth McReynolds aged 39 years, wife of Sgt McReynolds 1st/RGR died at Cospicua.
  5. 18 June Ursula Sarah Coles aged 9 months, daughter of Pte Coles 1st/RGR died at Cottonera.
  6. 23 June George Hollis aged 4 months, died at Cottonera.
  7. 30 June Florence Annie Gregory aged 8 months, died at Cottonera.
  8. 11 July Frederick John Day aged 9 months, died at Cottonera.
  9. 18 July Grace King aged 11 months, daughter of L/Cpl King 1st/RGR died at Cottonera.
  10. 27 July Edward Charles Lyne aged 7 months, son of Pte Lyne 1st/RGR died at Cottonera.
  11. 7 August Beatrice Ethel Gray aged 1 year 3 months, daughter of Pte Gray 1st/RGR died at Tas Silg.
  12. 21 August Pte George Cox 1st/RGR aged 38 years 8 months, died at Verdala Barracks.
  13. 30 August Pte Thomas Hodges 1st/RGR aged 35 years 5 months, died at Cottonera.
  14. 6 September Pte Albert Bird 1st/RGR aged 38 years 6 months, died at Cottonera.
  15. 1 November Gerald Gordon Grove aged 2 years, son of Sgt Grove 1st/RGR died at Cottonera.
  16. 9 December Samuel James Marshall aged 2 years 3 months, son of Sgt Marshall 1st/RGR died at Corradino.
  17. 15 December Ada Mary Day aged 26 years 5 months, wife of Pte Day 1st/RGR died at Cottonera.

1903 1st/Royal Garrison Regiment

Malta 1903 The regiment moved to Fort St Elmo.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1903:

  1. 7 March Pte Richard Beck aged 40 years 6 months, died at Cottonera.
  2. 13 March George Fuller aged few minutes, died at Cottonera.
  3. 13 March Henry Fuller aged few minutes, died at Cottonera.
  4. 13 March William Fuller aged few minutes, died at Cottonera.
  5. 1 May Sgt William Marshall aged 36 years, died at Verdala Barracks.
  6. 2 May Pte H Whitewood aged 34 years, died at Verdala Barracks.
  7. 25 July Cpl Arthur Thomas Rawlings aged 36 years, died at Verdala Barracks.
  8. 4 August Dorcas Adshead aged 1 year, died at Verdala Barracks.

1904 1st/Royal Garrison Regiment

Fort Verdala
Map of Fort Verdala dated 11 Sept 1850 (TNA:MFQ 1/329).

Malta 19 Jan 1904 Burial of Florence Edith Taylor aged six mths at Gozo Cemetery daughter of Pte.

Malta 10 Mar 1904 Burial of Frances Kath Gray aged 33 yrs 6 mths at Gozo Cemetery wife of Pte.

Malta 26 Mar 1904 Burial of Ada Victoria Taylor aged 2 yrs 6 mths at Gozo Cemetery daughter of Pte John Taylor. The burial service was conducted by Lieut E H Thinkell White, Officer Commanding Troops Gozo.

Malta 29 Apr 1904 The 1st/Royal Garrison Regiment embarked on the Sicilia for Durban South Africa where it arrived on 26 May 1904.

The 1st Battalion Royal Garrison Regiment disbanded on 30 September 1908.

The 3rd Battalion Royal Garrison Regiment

3rd Roy Garrison
TNA:WO 379/15 Troop Movements 2nd and 3rd Roy Garr Regt. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)
3rd Royal Garrison Regt
3rd Bn Royal Garrison Regt (Malta Sept 1901–Apr 1904). (St Paul's Anglican Cathedral Valletta)

1901 3rd/Royal Garrison Regiment

28 Sept 1901 The 3rd/Royal Garrison Regiment was formed at Warley Essex on 20 June 1901. It embarked at Southampton on 20 Sept 1901 on the Assaye. It disembarked at Malta on 28 Sept 1901 and was quartered at Verdala Barracks and Lower St Elmo Barracks.

1902 3rd/Royal Garrison Regiment

Malta 6 Oct 1902 Burial of Sgt Charles Gallagher aged 28 yrs 11 mths, at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 2, Grave 5).

1903 3rd/Royal Garrison Regiment

Malta 1903 The regiment was stationed at Mtarfa Barracks

Malta 22 Apr 1903 Pte O'Shea 3rd Royal Garrison Regiment was found guilty of murder but was also judged to be insane. He was transferred to Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum on board the SS Peria. The Lunatic Asylum at Malta had pronounced him not insane. O'Shea had claimed that his moment of insanity had been caused by the affects of a wound received on the battlefield and on certain surgical operation that he had underwent.

Malta 4 Oct Burial of Pte Henry Charles Fay aged 39 yrs at Gozo Cemetery.

Malta 19 Oct Burial of L/Cpl Arthur Edward Atherly aged 33 yrs at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 1, Row 2, Grave 11).

Malta 24 Nov 1903 Burial of Pte John Henry Taylor aged 34 yrs 6 mths at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 2, Grave 12).

The following was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1903:

  1. 14 November Pte Alfred Edward Evans 3rd/RGR aged 36 years, died at Verdala.

1904 3rd/Royal Garrison Regiment

Malta 20 Apr 1904 The 3rd/Royal Garrison Regiment embarked for Capetown South Africa on board the Plassy. It disembarked at Capetown on 13 May 1904.

Malta 12 Jan 1904 Burial of Cpl George William Murfleet aged 35 yrs 5 mths at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 3, Grave 14).

Malta 18 Apr Burial of Pte Charles Aston aged 32 yrs at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 3, Grave 4).

Malta 24 May 1904 Burial of Maj and QM Evi John Crane aged 54 yrs 6 mths at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 1, Row 3, Grave 1).

The 3rd Battalion Royal Garrison Regiment disbanded on 30 November 1905.

The 4th Battalion Royal Garrison Regiment

4th Roy Garrison
TNA:WO 379/15 Troop Movements 4th and 5th Roy Garr Regt. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)

1901 4th/Royal Garrison Regiment

18 Dec 1901 The 4th/Royal Garrison Regiment was formed at Warley Essex on 1 Sept 1901. On 7 Dec 1901 "B" Coy, "C" Coy and "D" Coy embarked at Birkenhead from Aldershot on the SS Assysia. Half of the battalion arrived at Malta on 18 Dec 1901.

1902 4th/Royal Garrison Regiment

Malta 1 Jan 1902 Burial of Pte James Taylor aged 33 yrs, at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 11, Row 1, Grave 12).

Malta 21 May On 12 May 1902 Head Quarters and another four coys embarked on the SS Borneo at Royal Albert Dock from Aldershot. Head-quarters disembarked at Malta on 21 May 1902.

Malta 30 Dec 1902 Burial of CSgt James Bailey aged 33 yrs, at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 2, Grave 6).

1903 4th/Royal Garrison Regiment

Malta 1903 The regiment was at Verdala Barracks.

Malta 11 May 1903 Burial of Pte Samuel Chubb aged 37 yrs, at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 2, Grave 8).

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1903:

  1. 27 October Pte William Pegram 4th/RGR aged 35 years, died at Verdala Barracks.
  2. 8 November Gladys Mabel Nelley aged 1 year 4 months, died at Verdala.

1904 4th/Royal Garrison Regiment

Malta 1904 The regimental strength was 205 men located at Verdala Barracks.

Malta 29 June 1904 The 4th/Royal Garrison Regiment embarked for Durban South Africa on the Dunera where it arrived on 25 July 1904.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1904:

  1. 25 January Pte James Welch 4th/RGR aged 33 years 10 months, died at Verdala.
  2. 23 April L/Cpl James Douglas 4th/RGR aged 42 years 3 months, died at Verdala.
  3. 24 April Gladys Gough aged 1 year 4 months, daughter of L/Sgt G Gough died at St Nicholas Married Quarters.
  4. 19 June Winifred Alexandr Mew aged 7 months, daughter of Sgt Mew died at St Nicholas Married Quarters.
  5. 13 July Alice Ethel Beard aged 10 months, daughter of Pte Beard died at St Nicholas Married Quarters.

The 4th Battalion Royal Garrison Regiment disbanded on 30 September 1905.

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 379/15. Stations of Regiments 1901–1920.
  4. TNA:WO 156/115. Register of burials in the military cemetery Rinella from January 1890 to January 1908.