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The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

Queen's Regiment
The Paschal Lamb with the mottoes Pristinae 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 Charles II.

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

On 1 July 1881 it became the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. A second battalion was raised in 1857.

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 Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment

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TNA:WO 379/11. Movements of 1st Battalion. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)

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

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

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1892:

  1. 16 January Robert Rudd aged 4 months 11 days, son of CSgt Robert Rudd died at Cottonera.
  2. 21 January John R Horwel? aged 7 days, died at Polverista.
  3. 11 June Annie Hodges aged 1 year 7 months, died at Cottonera.
  4. 18 July Frederick Hockley aged 18 years, died at Cottonera.
  5. 27 July George John James aged 20 years, died at Cottonera.
  6. 28 July William John Richard Cash aged 1 day, son of CSgt Cash died at Cottonera.
  7. 4 August Pte John Edward Mann aged 19 years 11 months, died at Cottonera.
  8. 28 August Gertrude Florence Bessie Inkster aged 2 years 8 months, daughter of Band Master F J Inkster died at Cottonera.
  9. 15 September Thomas William Bui? aged 20 years, died at Cottonera.
  10. 2 October Mary Flora Wakeford aged 3 months, died at St Nicholas.
  11. 1 November Alfred John Coneads ? aged 11 months, died at Cottonera.
  12. 14 November W Weller aged 23 years 4 months, died at Cottonera.

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.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1893:

  1. 17 February George Butler aged 22 years, died at Cottonera Hospital.
  2. 12 June Pte Alfred Downing aged 21 years, died at Cottonera.
  3. 28 September J W Elliott aged 19 years, died at Cottonera.

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.

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.

The 1st/Royal West Surrey Regiment was quartered at Floriana Barracks and Notre Dame Ravelin for 2 weeks. It embarked for Bombay on 16 Jan 1895, where it arrived on 30 Jan 1895.

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

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

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.
Malta 1 Oct 1929 Strength: 28 officers and 925 rank and file.

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

Malta 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.

Malta Oct 1930 The 1st Battalion embarked for China. It was relieved by the 2nd/Worcestershire regiment which arrived on the Neuralia.

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

1800-1801

Malta 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.

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

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

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

Malta 1 Feb 1858 The 2nd Battalion arrived from Portsmouth. It was located at Fort Manoel.

Malta 1 Mar 1858 Strength: Rank and File 457 (Effective), 480 (Established).

Together with 28th Foot and the Royal Malta Fencibles, 2nd Foot formed part of 2nd Brigade.

Malta 1 Apr 1858 Strength: Rank and File 783 (Effective), 800 (Established).

Malta Sept 1858 The 2nd/2nd (Queen's Royal) Regiment left Malta before Sept 1858.

The following was buried at Floriana in 1858:

  1. 6 September Sgt Thomas Hawkins 2nd/2nd Regiment.

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

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

6 Aug 1877 The 2nd Battalion embarked at Portsmouth from Aldershot on 26 July 1877. It disembarked at Malta on 6 Aug 1877 with 343 men.

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.

Malta 6 Feb 1878 The 2nd/2nd Regiment embarked for Bombay where it disembarked on 1 Mar 1878.

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. Wickes H. L., 1974. Regiments of Foot Southampton: Osprey Ltd.
  4. TNA:WO 379/11. Stations of Regiments 1859–1900.
  5. Badges of HM Services. WM. Briggs & Co Manchester.
  6. TNA:WO 156/115. Register of burials in the military cemetery Rinella from January 1890 to January 1908.
  7. TNA:WO 156/113. Register of burials September 1853 to June 1862.