Regiments of the Malta Garrison The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
The Duke of Wellington Regiment was raised in 1702 as Colonel the Earl of Huntingdon's Regiment for service in the War of the Spanish Succession. The regimental name subsequently changed to the 33rd Foot (1751–1882), the 33rd (1st Yorkshire, West Riding) Regiment of Foot (1782–1853), and after the death of the Duke of Wellington in 1852, to the 33rd (Duke of Wellington's) Regiment (1853–1881).
1854 The regiment deployed to the Crimea where it fought at the Battle of Inkerman.
In November 1854, the regiment had 18 officers and 535 men serving in the Crimea. 100 recruits joined the regiment on 18 November 1854.
One third of these recruits fell sick with cholera. Diarrhoea was also common. Its high incidence among the men was ascribed by the surgeon to harassing duty in the trenches, poorly cooked and scanty rations and inadequate clothing. Conditions were made worse by the cold and wet weather.
The 1st/West Riding Regiment had an average strength of 932 men. It had 1020 admissions (1094.4/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (2.15/1000 mean strength). 10 invalids returned to England.
Its average constantly sick was 62.37 (66.92/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 24.40 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 22.38 days.
The 1st/West Riding Regiment was quartered at Verdala Barracks for 6 1/2 months and at Floriana Barracks and Notre Dame Ravelin for 5 1/2 months.
The following were buried in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1896:
21 July Infant Florence Gertrude Richards aged 6 months.
23 July Pte Frederick Crook aged 19 years.
9 Aug Infant Rhoda Gertrude Rolfe aged 5 months, daughter of CSgt Rolfe.
The 1st/West Riding Regiment had an average strength of 949 men. It had 900 admissions (948.4/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 9 deaths (9.48/1000 mean strength). 52 invalids returned to England.
Its average constantly sick was 64.84 (68.32/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 24.94 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.30 days.
The 1st/West Riding Regiment was quartered at Floriana Barracks and Notre Dame Ravelin for 12 months.
13 Feb Pte Thomas Brooks aged 19 years 10 months, died at Cottonera and was buried in Rinella Military Cemetery.
The following were buried at Pietà Military Cemetery in 1897:
16 July Pte Benjamin Whitworth aged 22 years.
20 July Sgt Arthur Wilman aged 25 years 5 months.
4 Sep Child Charles Smith Mallinson, aged 1 year 9 months, son of Sgt Mallinson.
23 Sep Infant Frederick Alexander Clarke, aged 3 months, son of Sgt Drm Clarke.
26 Sep Pte John Frederick Saggers aged 19 years.
6 Oct Pte James Joseph Hutchins aged 27 years.
8 Oct Sgt George Hall aged 41 years 10 months.
9 Oct Infant Mary Rogers aged 22 days, daughter of Sgt Rogers.
Admissions into hospital and deaths during the year with ratio of admissions and deaths per 1000 of strength. The average strength of the troops, exclusive of the Royal Malta Artillery, was 7,390 men.
The 1st/West Riding Regiment had an average constantly sick was 38.73 (51.23/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.70 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 18.33 days.
The battalion was at Floriana Barracks for 8 months.
4 Sep 1898 The 1st/West Riding Regiment embarked for Dover via Southampton, where it disembarked on 15 September.
The following were baptised in 1898:
3 MarMabel Elizabeth Thomas born on 7 February 1898, daughter of Band Sgt Frederick William Thomas and Sarah Ann, resident at Floriana.
7 AprGrace Dowswell born on 17 March 1898, daughter of L/Cpl George Dowswell and Mary, resident at Floriana.
14 AprThomas Harry Gordge born on 22 March 1898, son of Sgt William Harry Gordge and Mary Ann, resident at Floriana.
The following were buried in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1898:
17 Aug Pte Ernest Weeks, aged 24 years 11 months.
25 Aug Pte Walter Smith, aged 21 years 8 months.
The 1st/The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)