Regiments of the Malta Garrison The Royal Irish Rifles
The Royal Irish Rifles (83rd/86th)
The Royal Irish Rifles was formed on 1 July 1881, through the amalgamation of The 83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot, with The 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot.
Both regiments were raised in 1793. The 83rd became The First Battalion of The Royal Irish Rifles. The 86th became The Second Battalion The Royal Irish Rifles, although neither regiments had been rifle units.
In 1920 the regimental name changed to The Royal Ulster Rifles.
On 1 July 1968, The Royal Ulster Rifles merged with The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's), and The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers to form The Royal Irish Rangers.
The 2nd/Royal Irish Rifles had an average strength of 1050 men.
It had 777 admissions (740/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 9 deaths (8.57/1000 mean strength). 30 invalids returned to England.
Its average constantly sick was 63.72 (60.68/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 22.21 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 30.02 days.
The 2nd/Royal Irish Rifles was at Pembroke Camp with detachments at Fort St Angelo for 3 months. It was in Isola District for 6 months and at Fort Manoel and Hutments for 3 months with a detachment at Marsamxetto Barracks.
The following were baptised in 1892:
13 MarErnest Edward Lineken born 29 Feb 1892, son of Eliza and CSgt Ernest Lineken of Pembroke Camp.
27 MarFrederick Graham born 15 Feb 1892, son of Sarah and Sgt James Graham of Cottonera.
10 AprHarold James Buchanan born 17 Mar 1892, son of Margaret and Sgt William Buchanan of Cottonera.
3 JulyHector Claude Marsh born 20 May 1892, son of Mary Elizabeth and Sgt Edward Henry Marsh of Cottonera.
27 JulyWilliam Joseph Fyffe born 3 Feb 1892, son of Jemima and CSgt William Jospeh Fyffe of Cottonera.
30 Dec Twin Rowland John Parker born 29 Dec 1892, son of Eliza Ann and QM Sgt John Parker.
30 Dec Twin Vivian Charles Parker born 29 Dec 1892, son of Eliza Ann and QM Sgt John Parker.
The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1892:
23 AprJoseph Isaac aged 22 years, died in Cottonera.
12 MayJohn Stevenson aged 28 years, died in Cottonera.
16 MayAlice Simmonds aged 1 year 2 months, died in Cottonera.
19 JuneJames Hawkins aged 22 years, died in Cottonera.
5 July Cpl F J Cramp died in Cottonera.
18 Aug Pte S Magee aged 24 years, died in Cottonera.
28 AugFrederick Graham aged 6 months, son of Sgt James Graham died in Cottonera.
The 2nd/Royal Irish Rifles had an average strength of 847 men. It had 409 admissions (482.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (3.54/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England.
Its average constantly sick was 37.88 (32.91/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 12.01 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.88 days.
23 May Bugler Ramsay 2nd/Royal Irish Rifles was granted a compassionate sum of £25 for having his leg amputated when a wall collapsed on him at the Lazaretto.
The 2nd/Royal Irish Rifles Regiment was at Fort Manoel and Hutments.
18 Nov 1894 The 2nd/Royal Irish Rifles embarked for Bombay on the transport Victoria where it arrived on 2 December 1894. It was relieved in Malta by the 2nd/Leinster Regiment which arrived from England. The 2nd/Royal Irish Rifles served in India until 25 January 1899, when it embarked for Belfast.
The following were baptised in 1894:
9 JanHenry Richard Kneebone born 12 Dec 1893, son of Martha Jane and Sgt Richard Kneebone of Fort Manoel.
9 JanGertrude Maude Marsh born 28 Dec 1893, daughter of Mary Elizabeth and CSgt Edward Marsh.
11 MarFlorence Buchanan born 20 Feb 1894, daughter of Margaret and CSgt William Buchanan of Sliema.
27 MarThomas Edward Morris Gunning born 22 Mar 1894, son of Helen and Sgt Thomas Gunning of Sliema.
The following were buried in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1894:
22 JanW Hodgetts aged 26 years.
10 MarThomas Bradley died in Cottonera and was buried in Rinella Military Cemetery.
4 AprThomas Edward Maurice Gunning aged 1 year, son of Sgt Gunning.
30 July Pte J Quinn, aged 21 years.
13 Sep Infant Gertrude Maude Marsh, aged 8 months, daughter of CSgt E Marsh.