Regiments
Of the Malta Garrison
The Queen's
(Royal West Surrey)

The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

Queen's Regiment
The Paschal Lamb with the mottoes Pristinœ Virtutis Memor, (Mindful of Ancient Valor), and Vel Exuviae Triumphant, (Even the Remnant Triumph) (Milorda Gardens Floriana)

The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment was raised by the Earl of Peterborough in 1661 to garrison Tangier. This formed part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza, on becoming Queen Consort to King Charles II.

Tangier withstood repeated attacks by the moors but was finally abandoned in 1684 when the regiment was withdrawn and designated The Queen's Regiment of Foot. It became a Royal Regiment in 1703, and received the motto Pristinœ Virtutis Memor for its actions in the siege of Namur in 1695 and in repelling repeated attacks by the French at Tongres. The other motto Vel Exuviae Triumphant refers to the service of the regiment in the Duke of Marlborough's Spanish campaigns.

Queen's Regiment
The Paschal Lamb of the Royal House of Braganza (Milorda Gardens Floriana)

From 1751 to 1881, the regimental title was the 2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment.

On 1 July 1881, the infantry were given a geographical connection with an appropriate territorial title in place of the regimental number. The 1st Battalion The 2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment became The 1st Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.

In 1921 the title changed to the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey).

In 1959, the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) amalgamated with the East Surrey Regiment to form the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment.

The 1st/The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment

1892 1st/The Queen's (Royal West Surrey)

1 July 1881 The 1st Battalion 2nd Regiment became the 1st Battalion The Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regiment

23 Dec 1891 The 1st/The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment embarked at Portsmouth from Aldershot. It disembarked in Malta on 2 January 1892.

It had an average strength of 788 men, 904 admissions (1147.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 9 deaths (11.42/1000 mean strength). 23 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 55.04 (69.85/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 25.56 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 22.28 days.

The 1st/Royal West Surrey Regiment was quartered at Fort Verdala Barracks for 12 months. It had detachments at Fort Chambray Gozo for 1 month.

Baptisms in 1892:

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1892:

Burials in Rinella Military Cemetery in 1892:

1893 1st/The Queen's (Royal West Surrey)

The 1st Royal West Surrey Regiment had an average strength of 838 men. It had 758 admissions (904.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (4.77/1000 mean strength). 24 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 49.74 (59.36/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 21.06 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.95 days.

The 1st/Royal West Surrey Regiment was quartered at Fort Verdala Barracks for 10 months and Notre Dame Barracks Floriana for 2 months.

Baptisms in 1893:

Burials at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1893:

1894 1st/The Queen's (Royal West Surrey)

The 1st/Royal West Surrey Regiment had an average strength of 947 men. It had 617 admissions (705.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (4.36/1000 mean strength). 7 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 47.49 (51.78/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.90 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.79 days.

The 1st/Royal West Surrey Regiment was quartered at Floriana Barracks and Notre Dame Barracks Floriana for 12 months.

Baptisms in 1894:

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1894:

1895 1st/The Queen's (Royal West Surrey)

The 1st/Royal West Surrey Regiment had an average strength of 10 men. It had 22 admissions (556/1000 mean strength) into hospital.

Its average constantly sick was 2.67 (66.75/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 24.36 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 44.30 days.

17 Jan 1895 The 1st/Royal West Surrey Regiment was quartered at Floriana Barracks and Notre Dame Ravelin for 2 weeks. It embarked for Bombay on 17 January, where it arrived on 30 January 1895.

Baptisms in 1895:

The 1st/The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

1929 1st/The Queen's Royal Regt (West Surrey)

Apr 1929 The 1st Battalion arrived at Malta. It had 27 officers and 798 rank and file.

1 Oct Strength: 28 officers and 925 rank and file.

1930 1st/The Queen's Royal Regt (West Surrey)

1 Jan 1930 Strength: 28 officers and 839 men. The band of the 1st/Queen's Royal regiment visited the grounds of the military hospital Mtarfa.

Oct The 1st Battalion embarked for China. It was relieved by the 2nd/Worcestershire regiment which arrived on the Neuralia.

The 2nd/The 2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot

1800–1801

Dec 1800 The 2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment arrived at Malta in December 1800 as part of Sir Ralph Abercrombie's Expedition to expel the French from Egypt. It did not form part of the garrison but embarked with the army on 10 December 1800 when it formed part of Brigadier General Doyle's 4th Brigade.

The Battalion left Egypt for Gibraltar via Malta, where 90 officers and men were struck by the yellow fever epidemic of 1804. For its service in Egypt, The Queen's was authorises to display the Sphinx and Egypt on its colours.

The 2nd/The 2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot

1858 2nd/2nd (Queen's Royal)

12 Feb 1858 Six companies of the 2nd Battalion the 2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot arrived from Portsmouth. They occupied Fort Manoel barracks.

1 Mar Strength: Rank and File 457 (6 Coys Effective), 480 (Established). Together with the 10 Coys of the 28th Foot and the 6 Coys of the Royal Malta Fencible Regiment, the 2nd/2nd Regiment formed part of 2nd Brigade.

1 Apr Strength: Rank and File 783 (10 Coys Effective), 800 (Established). Together with the 6 Coys of the 3rd Foot, the 10 Coys of the 28th Foot, and the 6 Coys of the Royal Malta Fencible Regiment, the 2nd/2nd Regiment formed part of 2nd Brigade.

26 Aug 1858 The 2nd/2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment embarked for the Ionian Islands.

Baptisms in 1858:

Burials at Floriana in 1858:

The 2nd/The 2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot

1877 2nd/2nd (Queen's Royal)

26 July 1877 The 2nd Battalion embarked at Portsmouth from Aldershot. It disembarked in Malta on 6 August 1877.

The 2nd/2nd Foot had an average strength of 343 men. It had 573 admissions (1670.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (5.83/1000 mean strength). It had 2 invalids returned to England. Its average daily sick was 26.29 (76.65/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 27.97 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 16.75 days.

In Aug 1877, the sudden arrival of the 2nd/2nd, and the 2nd/13th Regiments forced the Government to reoccupy of the Old Lazaretto Barracks and other buildings not hitherto in use. After the embarkation of the 2nd/2nd for India, the old Lazaretto Barracks on Manoel Island, which was unfit for habitation, was handed back to the Civil Government.

1878 2nd/2nd (Queen's Royal)

The 2nd/2nd Foot had an average strength of 87 men. It had 151 admissions (1735.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (11.49 deaths/1000 mean strength). 19 invalids were returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 10.09 (115.97/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 42.33 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.39 days.

6 Feb 1878 The 2nd/2nd Regiment embarked for Bombay after a short tour of 7 months, where it disembarked on 1 Mar 1878.

On1 July 1881, The 2nd/2nd Regiment became The 2nd Battalion The Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.

The 4th Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

1915 – 2nd/4th Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

Burials at Pietà Military Cemetery in 1915:

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