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The 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment

The 62nd Regiment of Foot was derived from the 2nd/4th Regiment of Foot. The 2nd Battalion was raised in 1756, but two years later became an independent regiment as the 62nd Regiment of Foot.

In 1782, the 62nd was granted its territorial affiliation with Wiltshire to become The 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment.

On 1 July 1881, The 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment merged with the 99th Duke of Edinburgh's (Lanarkshire) Regiment to form The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment).

In 1959, The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment) joined The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Regiment to form The Duke of Edinburgh Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire).

The First Battalion The 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment

1854 62nd (Wiltshire)

28 Feb 1854 The 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment arrived from Ireland. Steam navigation had cut its journey from Cork to 16 days. The 1st division disembarked from the transport Sir George Pollock and marched to Lower St Elmo Barracks.

Malta 18 Apr 1854 The 62nd was kept as a reserve at Floriana Barracks until needed in the East.

Malta 10 Oct In the garrison reshuffle of 10 Oct 1854, the 62nd moved from Floriana Barracks to the Auberge de Castille and Fort Manoel.

Nov 1854 The regiment had 21 officers and 560 men serving in the Crimea. It arrived from Malta on 14 Nov and soon after its landing was attacked with cholera. 14 men died of cholera and 2 from diarrhoea before the end of the month and 18 died in December 1854. The surgeon attributed the outbreak to fatigue, exposure, inclement weather and change of diet from fresh meat and vegetables to salt meat, rum and biscuits.

Malta 19 Dec 1854 116 men, 234 women and 303 children of the 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment left for England on the Himalaya with the wounded and convalescents from the Crimea.

The following were buried at Malta in 1854:

  1. 21 March Mary Ann Fry aged 8 months, daughter of Pte William Fry.
  2. 26 March Emma Clonnie aged 8 months, daughter of Drm Maj William Clonnie.
  3. 13 May Pte John Thorn aged 19 years 11 months.
  4. 21 June James Hann aged 5 months, son of Pte James Hann.
  5. 30 June Mary Keepence aged 29 years, wife of Pte George Keepence.
  6. 26 July Hannah Smith aged 34 years, wife of Sgt Thomas Smith.
  7. 31 July Pte John Wyatt aged 36 years.
  8. 1 August Pte William Lee aged 28 years.
  9. 7 August Pte William Morris aged 25 years.
  10. 9 August Pte William Goodfellow aged 31 years 6 months.
  11. 11 August Pte Elijah Hemmings aged 22 years.
  12. 1 September Cpl George Lawrence aged 25 years.
  13. 12 September Eliza Knapton daughter of Pte George Knapton.
  14. 14 September Pte John Moore aged 19 years.
  15. 18 September Susanna Clunie aged 27 years 6 months, wife of Drm Maj W Clunie.
  16. 3 October Catherine Kenny aged 26 years 6 months, wife of Pte William Kenny.
  17. 4 October John Kenny aged 3 months, son of Pte William Kenny.
  18. 20 October Clement Sadlier aged 3 months, son of Pte Clement Sadlier.
  19. 7 November Charles James Jones aged 6 years, son of Sgt Thomas Jones.
  20. 7 November Maria Clarke aged 1 year 2 months, daughter of Pte George Clarke.
  21. 13 November Thomas Jones aged 11 years 6 months, son of CSgt Thomas Jones.

1855 — 62nd (Wiltshire)

The Wiltshire Regiment fought at Sevastopol during the Crimean War (1854–56).

The following was buried at Malta in 1855:

  1. 16 December Pte James King 62nd Regiment.

1856 62nd (Wiltshire)

Malta 11 May 1856 The 62nd (Wiltshire) embarked on the Himalaya and proceeded to Halifax Nova Scotia with the 2nd/63rd Foot.

The following was buried at Malta in 1856:

  1. 25 February Pte William Gullick 62nd Regiment.

The First Battalion The Duke of Edinburgh Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

St Patrick's
St Patrick's Barracks Pembroke (Sandhurst Block) was built in 1939.

1962 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

3 Dec 1962 The 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's Regiment embarked at Southampton in HMT Oxfordshire. It was the last infantry regiment to deploy from England in a troopship. The battalion moved into St Patrick's Barracks, Pembroke.

1963 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

Malta Aug–Sept 1963 The battalion took part in Exercise Drum Beat in Libya.

1964 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

Malta 9 Feb 1964 The battalion moved to Cyprus. It took up positions at Nicosia Airport and manned the Green Line between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

Malta Apr 1964 The battalion returned to Malta. It was the Guard of Honour on the granting of independence to Malta on 21 September 1964.

1965 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

Malta Dec 1965 The 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's Regiment returned to England. It moved to Minden in Germany where it formed part of 11th Infantry Brigade.

References

  1. Farmer, J. S., 1984. The regimental records of the British Army Reprint Edition, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Crecy Books.
  2. TNA:WO 156/113. Register of burials September 1853 to June 1862.