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The 47th (Lancashire) Regiment

The Loyal North Lancashire
The Royal Crest with below the crown the Rose of Lancaster and a scroll inscribed The Loyal North Lancashire.

The 47th Foot was raised in 1741, as Colonel John Mordaunt's Regiment of Foot.

In 1751, it was numbered 47 in the army's order of precedence. It received its affiliation to Lancashire in 1782.

In 1881, the 47th (Lancashire) Regiment amalgamated with the 81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers) Regiment to become the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

In 1920, the regimental title changed to The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire).

The 1st Battalion The 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot

The Loyal North Lancashire
The Royal Crest (Lion upon the crown), below the crown the Rose of Lancaster, and below the rose a scroll inscribed the Loyal Regiment
(St Andrew's Barracks)

1837 1st/47th (Lancashire)

22 Feb 1837 A detachment of 219 men 1st/47th arrived from Gibraltar.

Malta 8 Mar Another 260 men arrived from Gibraltar.

Malta 9 June–11 Oct 1837 A Cholera epidemic broke out in Malta. Between 17 June and 18 July 1837 the regiment had 65 ill soldiers with 16 deaths (1 officer, 9 males, 5 females, 1 child).

The following were married in Malta in 1837:

  1. 12 May Bachelor Pte Loughlan Fraser to Catharine Fallon, widow of Pte John Fallon 47th Regiment.
  2. 8 Nov Widower Sgt William Duck to Anne Shakespeare, widow of Theophilus Shakespeare 47th Regiment.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1837:

  1. 19 Mar Henry McDermott son of Pte Henry McDermott and Isabella born on 7 March 1837.
  2. 16 July Elizabeth Keall daughter of Pte Thomas Keall and Jane born on 4 July 1837.
  3. 2 Aug Richard Paul Elrington son of Lt Col Richard Goodall Elrington 47th Foot and Mary Clancay born on 1 July 1837.
  4. 1 Oct George Mathews son of Sgt John Mathews and Frances born on 17 September 1837.
  5. 5 Nov Alexander Brown son of Sgt James Brown and Susannah born on 26 October 1837.
  6. 12 Nov Elizabeth Bratty daughter of Pte James Bratty and Elizabeth born on 7 October 1837.
  7. 10 Dec Margaret Victoria Sinnott daughter of Ensign and Adjutant and Anne Jane born on 10 October 1837.

1838 1st/47th (Lancashire)

The following were married in Malta in 1838:

  1. 31 July Bachelor Sgt William Hornby aged upwards of twenty one years to Anne Amelia Griffiths, aged 20 years, spinster daughter of Armourer Sgt Samuel Griffiths 47th Regiment, with the consent of her parents.
  2. 28 Aug Bachelor L/Cpl George Pinner aged upwards of twenty one years to Catharine Davis, spinster and minor, having the consent of her father Sgt John Davis 47th Regiment.
  3. 7 Sept Bachelor Pte Daniel Dempsey aged upwards of twenty one years to Winfred Kennedy, spinster and minor, having the consent of her father Pte John Kennedy 47th Regiment.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1838:

  1. 28 Jan Margaret Lawson daughter of CSgt John Lawson and Sarah born on 23 December 1837.
  2. 11 Mar William John Fenniston son of Pte John Fenniston and Sarah born on 2 March 1838.
  3. 29 May Charlotte Davies daughter of Cpl John Davies and Elizabeth born on 8 May 1838.
  4. 23 Sept Anne Jane Whitmarsh daughter of Daniel Whitmarsh and Susannah born on 13 September 1838.
  5. 6 Nov Henry Gallegher son of Schoolmaster Sgt Vernon Gallegher and Mary born on 25 October 1838.

1839 1st/47th (Lancashire)

The following were married in Malta in 1839:

  1. 12 Mar Bachelor Lt J. Watson to Mrs Shedden, widow of W. Shedden Esq.
  2. 6 June Widower Sgt William Dick to Sophia Killam, widow of Pte James Killam 47th Regiment.
  3. 11 July Bachelor Sgt Charles Finmerty to Elizabeth Mathews, spinster daughter of Sgt John Mathews 47th Regiment.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1839:

  1. 21 Feb Mary Brown daughter of Sgt James Brown and Susannah born on 30 January 1839.
  2. 22 Feb Jane Boxsold daughter of Pte George Boxsold and Jane born on 20 February 1839 and was publicly received into the church by the name of Mary Jane on 15 March 1839.
  3. 23 Feb John Pinner son of Pte George Pinner and Catherine born on 23 February 1839.
  4. 6 Mar Hannah Dempsey daughter of Pte Daniel Dempsey and Winifred born on 27 February 1839 was publicly received into the church on 8 March 1839.
  5. 9 Mar William Richard Hornby son of Sgt William Hornby and Anne Amelia born on 24 February 1839.
  6. 15 Mar Mary Ann Williamson daughter of Sgt Robert Williamson and Jane born on 24 February 1839.
  7. 11 Apr Margaret Laura Pearson daughter of Drm James Pearson and Margaret born on 28 March 1839.
  8. 6 May George McFaddan son of Pte George McFaddan and Louisa born on 24 March 1839.
  9. 21 June Eliza Jane Donaghue daughter of Pte Richard Donaghue and Mary Anne born on 26 May 1839.
  10. 14 July Eliza Lawson daughter of Sgt John Lawson and Sarah, born on 27 June 1839.
  11. 5 Aug John St Elmo Sinnott son of Ensign and Adjutant John Sinnott and Anne Jane, born on 12 July 1839.
  12. 13 Oct Thomas Keal son of Pte Thomas Keal deceased and Jane, born on 1 October 1839.
  13. 14 Oct William Davis son of Sgt John Davis and Elizabeth, born on 6 October 1839.
  14. 5 Dec Mary Kilpatrick daughter of Cpl William Kilpatrick and Mary, born on 5 December 1839.

The 1st Battalion The 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot

1840 1st/47th (Lancashire)

28 Mar 1840 A detachment of 145 men 1st/47th (Lancashire) Regiment arrived from England on the transport Palmyra.

The following were married in Malta in 1840:

  1. 20 Jan Bachelor L/Cpl William Fervill to Anne Jones, widow of Drm Major John Jones of the same regiment.
  2. 22 Sept Bachelor Cpl Thomas Mehaffey to Mary Ann Donaghue, widow of Richard Donaghue.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1840:

  1. 9 Feb Anne Bratty daughter of Pte James Bratty and Eliza, born on 19 January 1840.
  2. 20 Apr Rowland Henry Warburton son of Captain Henry William Egerton Warburton and Harriet Elizabeth, born on 20 March 1840.
  3. 17 May Susannah Whitmarsh daughter of Daniel Whitmarsh and Susannah, born on 7 May 1840.
  4. 18 Nov Ellen Boxold daughter of Pte George Boxold and Jane, born on 17 November 1840. The child died on 30 November 1840.

1841 1st/47th (Lancashire)

Malta 13 Jan 1841 Death of Captain (Paymaster) Clarke 47th Foot from a rupture of a blood vessel in his lungs. Captain Clarke had served for 41 years, seven years in the Lancashire Militia and thirty-four years in the 47th Regiment. He was in his 63rd year. He entered the army as an ensign in the 1st/47th Foot on 12 August 1807. He was promoted Lieutenant on 5 Nov 1807. From 1809 to 1812, Capt Clarke was employed in recruiting. In 1812, he was transferred to the second battalion, but re-transferred to the first battalion in 1813. He joined his corps in the East Indies where he served with it during the various campaigns of 1817-1818, and afterwards in the Burmese War of 1824-1825. On 19 March 1824, he was promoted to a company. On 27 Sept 1830, Captain Clarke became paymaster following the death of Paymaster Milton at Calcutta in 1826. On 23 Sept 1834, Captain (Paymaster) Clarke embarked with the 47th at India for Gibraltar and subsequently move with the regiment to Malta.

Malta 11 Feb 606 men, 41 women and 88 children sailed for the West Indies to relieve the 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot.1 Six companies of the 47th arrived in Barbados on 5 Apr 1841.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1841:

  1. 24 Jan Catherine Lawson born on 15 January 1841, twin daughter of Pte John Lawson and Sarah.
  2. 24 Jan Eliza Lawson born on 15 January 1841, twin daughter of Pte John Lawson and Sarah.

The following died in Malta in 1841:

  1. 8 Feb QM Michael Nagle 47th Foot.

The 1st Battalion The 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot

1853 1st/47th (Lancashire)

Fort Verdala
Fort Verdala Cospicua (Bormla) built in 1853 behind Verdala Curtain within the Firenzuola lines of fortifications.

2 Apr 1853 The 1st/47th (Lancashire) Regiment arrived from Corfu.

The 47th Foot moved from Isola Gate, St Francesco de Paolo and Inquisitor's Palace to the recently constructed Fort Verdala. It was the first infantry regiment to occupy Fort Verdala.

The following were buried at Malta in 1853:

  1. 12 Oct Helen Mackintosh aged 6 months, daughter of QM William Mackintosh.
  2. 13 Oct Mary Anne Downey aged 2 years 5 months, daughter of Sgt Edward Downey.
  3. 19 Nov L/Sgt William Henry Smith aged 30 years.

The following married in Malta in 1853:

  1. 12 December In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta Bachelor Sgt John Wood born at Stonehouse Plymouth, son of Jonathan and Mary Wood, residing in Malta, to Anna Maria Giddens, born at Woolwich Kent, spinster and minor, with the consent of her guardian and step father John Purcell, daughter of Samuel and Mary Giddens (now Mary Purcell).

1854 1st/47th (Lancashire)

Fort Verdala
Plan of Fort Verdala dated 22 April 1854 (TNA:MPH 1/912).

Malta 11 Apr 1854 845 men and 6 women embarked on board the Apollo for Turkey.

Nov 1854 In Nov 1854, the regiment had 29 officers and 945 men serving in the Crimea. Diarrhoea was common among the men and was blamed by the surgeon on the inclement weather, exposure to the cold, and hard duty. Cholera broke out among the recently arrived recruits; there were five deaths from cholera, two from gunshot wounds and two from diarrhoea.

The following was buried at Malta in 1854:

  1. 8 Mar Pte David Madill aged 23 years.

1855 1st/47th (Lancashire)

The 47th fought in the Crimean War (1854-56). It was present at Alma (1854) Inkerman (1854) and Sevastopol (1854-55).

The following were buried at Malta in 1855:

  1. 1 Jan Pte Joseph Bray 47th Foot.
  2. 2 May Pte Joseph Macmur aged 24 years.
  3. 21 May Pte John Green aged 27 years.

1856 1st/47th (Lancashire)

Malta 2 June 1856 The 1st/47th returned from the Crimea.

The following married in Malta in 1856:

  1. 7 Aug In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta Bachelor CSgt Richard Lethbridge Yeabsley born in Yealmpton, Devonshire, son of Nathaniel and Ann Yeabsley to Charlotte Hickie, spinster daughter of Steward Henry Hickie Medical Staff Corps and of Eliza his wife.

1857 1st/47th (Lancashire)

Malta 1 Mar 1857 Battalion strength 772 men.

Malta May 1857 The 1st/47th embarked for Gibraltar.

Edward Downey aged 8 years 6 months, son of Sgt Maj Edward Downey 47th Regiment was buried at Floriana on 27 February 1857.

The following married in Malta in 1857:

  1. 18 Mar In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta, Bachelor Sgt James Rance to Jane Sweeney, spinster daughter of Martin and Elizabeth Sweeney of Castlebar County Mayo, Ireland.

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, 14.
  4. 1The Malta Times or Broad Sheet of the Mediterranean, Issue No 31 (5 September 1840).
  5. TNA:WO 156/113. Register of burials September 1853 to June 1862.
  6. TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Marriage Register from 11 July 1839 to 14 May 1859.
  7. TNA:WO 156/594. No 2, Marriage Register from 1 January 1820 to 12 June 1839.
  8. TNA:WO 156/594. No 2, Baptism Register from 2 January 1820 to 29 June 1839.
  9. TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Baptism Register from 14 July 1839 to 25 December 1859.