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The 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding)
The King's Own Light Infantry

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The 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding) The King's Own Light Infantry Regiment

Introduction

The 51st Foot was raised in the West Riding of York, in Dec 1755, at the start of the Seven Years War. It was renumbered 51st in 1757, after two intervening regiments were disbanded.

The 51st Regiment became a Light Infantry Corps in 1809 when it was designated the 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding Light Infantry) Regiment.

In 1821, it added the title "The King's Own" to its name to become The 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding The King's Own Light Infantry) Regiment.

On 1 July 1881, the 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding The King's Own Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot merged with the 105th (Madras Light Infantry) Regiment, to become The King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment).

On 1 June 1887, the regimental title altered to The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

On 10 July 1968, the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, the King's Shropshire Light Infantry (53rd Foot and 85th Foot), the Durham Light Infantry (68th Foot and 106th Foot), and the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry, merged to form The Light Infantry.

Service Record — The 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding) or The King's Own Light Infantry

1854 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding KOLI)

Mar 1854 The 51st arrived in Malta.

Malta 6 Apr 1854 A detachment of 220 men left for Turkey.

1855 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding KOLI)

Malta Oct 1855 The detachment returned to Malta. It encamped on the Horn Works outside Floriana.

The following were buried at Malta in 1855:

1856 51st (2nd Yorkshire West Riding KOLI)

Malta 1856 Strength 740 men. The battalion was at Floriana Camp.

Malta 9 June 1856 The 51st embarked for England.

The following were buried at Malta in 1856:

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