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The King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment)

KOLI
The King's Own Light Infantry band marching through Valletta. The regimental badge shows a French Horn with the White Rose of York in the twist. (Main Guard Valletta)

The King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment) was formed on 1 July 1881, from the amalgamation of the 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding) or The King's Own Light Infantry Regiment, with the 105th (Madras Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot.

The 51st became The First Battalion The King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment).

The 105th became The Second Battalion The King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment).

On 1 June 1887, the regimental name changed to the King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry).

In 1959 the regiment became The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

On 10 July 1968, the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry merged with The King's Shropshire Light Infantry, The Durham Light Infantry, and The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry to form The Light Infantry.

The 1st/King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

1921 1st/King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Malta 1 Apr 1921 Strength: 28 officers, 720 rank and file.

The 2nd/King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment)

1885 2nd/King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment)

105th
TNA:WO 379/11 Movements of 105th Regt. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)
Mary Anne Wills
Mary Anne Wills Wife of Sgt Maj George Wills died 16 Feb 1886 aged 37 yrs 5 mths. (Ta' Braxia Cemetery Pieta)

The 2nd/King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment) left York for Portsmouth on 26 Dec 1884; it embarked for Malta on 27 Dec 1884. The regiment disembarked at Malta on 6 Jan 1885.

The 2nd/South Yorkshire Regiment had an average strength of 841 men.

It had 888 admissions (1055.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 16 deaths (19.02 deaths/1000 mean strength). 11 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 51.88 (61.63/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 22.40 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.30 days.

At the beginning of April, five companies of the 2nd/South Yorkshire Regiment were moved from Verdala Barracks Cottonera to the forts on the eastern extremity of the island, about 5 miles distant. The men were encamped on the glacis of the forts, but during the day occupied the rooms within and had their dinners there. This move was said to have improved the health of the men.

1886 2nd/King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire)

James Keyes
Bugler James Keyes died 5 June 1886 aged 18 yrs 6 mths. (Pieta' Military Cemetery)

The 2nd/South Yorkshire Regiment was stationed in Valletta for 12 months with detachments at Gozo and Pembroke Camp. It had an average strength of 1030 men.

It had 924 admissions (897.0/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 11 deaths (10.67/1000 mean strength) including 1 among the invalids.

20 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 59.66 (57.92/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 21.14 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.56 days.

Malta 26 Dec 1866 Captain David Bruce AMS carried a postmortem examination on a twenty year old private soldier of the regiment who had died from undulant fever. Bruce prepared stained sections of spleen, and identified micrococci in enormous numbers.

1887 2nd/King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire)

The 2nd/South Yorkshire Regiment had an average strength of 122 men.

It had 88 admissions (721.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (8.19/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 5.77 (47.29/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.26 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.93 days.

Malta 18 Feb 1887 The 2nd/King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment) embarked for Karachi where it disembarked on 7 Mar 1887.

The 2nd/King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

1902 2nd/King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

2nd Yorkshire
TNA:WO 379/15 Troop Movements 2nd/Yorkshire Light Infantry. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)

28 Oct 1902 On 7 Oct 1902, the 2nd/Yorkshire Light Infantry embarked at Durban South Africa on the Staffordshire.

It disembarked at Malta on 28 October.

1903 2nd/King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Malta 1903 The battalion was stationed at St Georges Barracks Pembroke.

The following was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1903:

  1. 11 December Pte Arthur Fitch aged 23 years, died at Pembroke.

1904 2nd/King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

A Lingwood
Sgt A Lingwood "E" Coy died 18 Mar 1904 aged 25 yrs (Mtarfa Military Cemetery)
Hoult Charles Edward
Pte Charles Edward Hoult "G"Coy died at Citta Vecchia Hospital 28 July 1904 aged 26 yrs. (Mtarfa Military Cemetery)

Malta 1 Mar 1904 HQ Coy, "A" Coy, "B" Coy, "F" Coy and "H" Coy embarked for Crete. A wing of 500 men remained in Malta.

Malta 21 Mar 1904 Burial of Sgt Arthur Lingwood aged 24 yrs 2 mths at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 3, Grave 3).

Malta 15 June 1904 Burial of Mary Vier aged 2 hrs daughter of Sgt Herbert Vier at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 1, Row 1, Grave 14).

Malta 15 July 1904 Burial of Pte J. W. Smith aged 24 yrs at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 3, Grave 6).

Malta 29 July 1904 Burial of Pte Charles E. Hoult aged 27 yrs 7 mths at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 3, Grave 7).

Malta 30 July 1904 Burial of Alfred Charles Noel Audsley aged 7 mths child of Farrier Sgt Audsley 2nd/Yorkshire Mounted Infantry at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 1, Row 1, Grave 15).

1905 2nd/King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Malta Jan 1905 The battalion was in Crete with a wing of 500 men on rear party at Malta.

Malta 1 Mar 1905 The 2nd/Yorkshire Light Infantry embarked for England.

The 3rd Battalion King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

1901 3rd/King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Holliday Maud Elsie
Maud Elsie Holliday daughter of CSgt George and Annie Holliday born 11 Aug 1895, died Mtarfa Barracks 8 Sept 1901. (Mtarfa Military Cemetery)

June 1901 The 3rd/King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) arrived from England.

Malta 19 Dec 1901 Burial of Pte Walter Pemberton aged 19 yrs at Gozo Cemetery.

On 9 Sept 1901 Maud Elsie Holliday aged 6 years of Mtarfa Barracks was buried at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 1, Row 1, Grave 5).

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1901:

  1. 3 July George Taylor aged 23 years, died at Cottonera.
  2. 8 July R. Ed. Cecil Hewes aged 5 months, died at Cottonera.

1902 3rd/King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Malta 23 Mar 1902 The 3rd/King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) embarked for England.

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. TNA:WO 156/115. Register of burials in the military cemetery Rinella from January 1890 to January 1908.