1857 The men were at Verdala Barracks. Battalion strength (1 Mar 1857) was 774 men.
June 1857 In 1856–57, an epidemic of ophthalmia broke out in regiments stationed in Malta. The 14th Foot had 226 cases of ophthalmia out of a strength of 828 men. The 57th Foot had 198 cases, of which 30 were relapses. The troops went down with ophthalmia at Balaclava and Kimburn in 1855–56. Married soldiers were virtually not infected while women and children only had a mild form of conjunctivitis. Three married men who had been previously healthy became infected after sleeping in a tent in which were two men affected with ophthalmia.
18 Mar There was a riotous disturbances in Senglea, when the military piquets drew their bayonets upon the police constabulary. Pt James Evans 57th Regt was sentenced to 45 days custody for running a bayonet through the shirt of constable Antonio Busuttil.
The following were baptised in 1857:
14 JuneElizabeth Jane Gardiner, daughter of Elizabeth and CSgt George Gardiner.
28 JuneAlfred Battea, son of Margaret and Pay Master Sgt James Battea.
2 JulyJohn Thomas Parker born 28 June, son of Catharine and Sgt James Parker was baptised privately. He was received into the church on 2 August.
24 JulyMaude Mary Logan, daughter of Annie and Maj Robert Logan.
30 AugHannah Hill, daughter of Sarah Anne and Hospital Sgt James Hill.
9 SepJoseph Brown born 13 August 1857, son of Bridget and Pte Joseph Brown.
16 SepCharles Edmund Waugh born 31 May 1857, son of Catharine and Lt and Adjutant George Rowland Waugh.
16 SepJoseph Charlton born 31 August 1857, son of Ellen and Sgt George Charlton.
30 SepSarah Eliza Dexter born 29 August 1857, daughter of Mary and Pte George Dexter.
24 SepSarah Jane Ansford born 15 September 1857, daughter of Mary and Pte Ansford.
21 OctThomas James Jarman born 19 September 1857, daughter of Mary and Pte John Jarman.
28 OctIsabel Gertrude Mathews born 12 September 1857, daughter of Frances Amelia and Paymaster Mark Mathews.
9 DecSusanna Barden born 24 October 1857, daughter of Susan and Cpl John Barden.
9 DecMartha Brierley born 14 November 1857, daughter of Catharine and Pte Stephen Brierley.
16 DecEmma Frances Priscilla Henshaw born 5 December 1857, daughter of Priscilla and Armourer Sgt Stephen Henshaw.
The following were buried in Floriana in 1857:
3 Aug Pte James Forsyth 57th Regiment aged 26 years.
29 SepMary Ansford wife of Pte Charles Ansford 57th Regiment aged 29 years (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).
20 Sep No 1782 Pte James Burgess 57th Regiment aged 24 years Knight 5th Class of the French Legion of Honour.
26 SepMary Ansford 57th Regiment aged 29 years.
16 OctSarah Eliza Dexter aged 48 days, daughter of Pte Dexter.
The following were married in the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta in 1857:
23 Feb Bachelor Cpl Thomas Briesley born in Essex to Eliza Coughlan spinster, daughter of Pte Edward Coughlan 57th Regiment.
2 Apr Bachelor L/Cpl Thomas Wood to Sophia Archer, spinster daughter of William Archer.
26 Sep Bachelor Sgt Major George Cumming born in Banffshire, Scotland to Catharine Belsom spinster, born in Kilkenny Ireland, daughter of George and Mary Belsom.
15 Sep HT Ships Nevasa and Galika sailed from Malta with the 2nd/West Yorkshire Regiment and the 2nd/Middlesex Regiment.
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TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Marriage Register 11 July 1839 to 14 May 1859.
Death of Lt John N G Macartney 57th The West Middlesex Regiment. The Malta Times and Naval and Military Gazette No 721, Tuesday 9 December 1856.