Regiments of the Malta Garrison 70th (Surrey) Regiment
The 70th (Surrey) Regiment
The 70th Foot was derived from the 2nd/31st Regiment of Foot. The 2nd Battalion was raised in 1756 during the Seven Years War (1756–63), but two years later became an independent regiment as the 70th Regiment of Foot (Glasgow Greys). It recruiting in Scotland.
In 1782 the 70th Foot gained its county affiliation with Surrey. In 1813, the title Glasgow Lowland displaced The Surrey, however, in 1825 the regimental title reverted back to The 70th (Surrey) Regiment of Foot.
On 1 July 1881 The 70th (Surrey) Regiment merged with the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment to become The 2nd Battalion The East Surrey Regiment.
On 14 October 1959, the East Surrey Regiment amalgamated with The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) to form the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment.
The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment had an average strength of 656 men. It had 414 admissions (631.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (4.57/1000 mean strength). 9 invalids returned to England.
Its average constantly sick was 28.23 (43.03/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.71 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.89 days.
The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment had two cases of enteric fever in Fort Manoel and Hutments. The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment was quartered at Isola Gate for 1 month and Fort Manoel and Hutments for 8 1/2 months.
20 Oct 1895 The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment, consisting of HQ coy and 8 companies, 17 officers, 2 officer's wives, 1 officer's female servant, 2 warrant officers, 41 sgts, 15 buglers, 685 rank and file, 27 soldier's wives and 48 children embarked on 20 the transport Pavonia. It disembarked at Southampton on 29 October 1895.
The following were baptised in 1895:
2 MarHenry George Walter Clay born 4 Feb 1895, son of Ada and Sgt Henry George Clay of Fort Manoel.
7 AprJohn Alexander Aram McKenzie born 28 Feb 1895, son of Margaret and CSgt John Alexander McKenzie of Fort Manoel.
7 AprFlorence Mary Beal born 20 Dec 1894, daughter of Julia and Sgt Alfred Beal of Pembroke.
8 SepAmy Ethel Elston born 22 July 1895, daughter of Eliza and CSgt William Elston of Sliema.
13 OctThomas Henry Quartermain born 3 Oct 1895, son of Susan and Pte Walter Quartermain of Pembroke.
6 NovLeonard Henry Wilson born 20 Oct 1895, son of Maggie and Pte Henry Wilson of Pembroke.
8 NovMelita Maud Holmes born 18 Oct 1895, daughter of Alice Hannah and Sgt Charles Holmes of Pembroke.
8 DecWilliam James Robinson born 5 Nov 1895, son of Catherine and Sgt Frederick Charles Robinson of Vittoriosa.
The following were buried in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1895:
29 June Pte William Wilson, aged 21 years.
5 Aug Infant Florance Mary Beale, aged 8 months, daughter of Sgt Beale.
2 Oct Pte Charles Bottomley aged 23 years.
9 Dec Infant Leonard Henry Wilson, aged 7 weeks.
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