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The 70th (Surrey) Regiment

East Surrey Regt
An eight-pointed star, a crown upon a shield with the Arms of Guildford (the Castle with a lion couchant guardant on a mount and a wool pack on either side), on the central turret the arms of Kingston-Upon-Thames with a scroll inscribed East Surrey.

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 Second Battalion of the new 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 70th (Surrey) Regiment

1836 70th (Surrey)

Pte Thomas Steer
Private Thomas Steer Light Coy 70th Foot died 5 Oct 1836 aged 24 yrs.
(Msida Bastion Cemetery)

3 July 1836 17 officers and 460 men of the 70th arrived from Gibraltar.

The following was married in Malta in 1836:

  1. 7 Nov Bachelor CSgt William Reed to Ellen Holohan, spinster of Kilkenny Ireland.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1836:

  1. 13 July Emma Watson daughter of CSgt William Watson and Emma born on 1 July 1836.
  2. 22 Aug Walter James McQueen son of Pte John McQueen and Catherine, born on 15 August 1836.
  3. 1 Sept Elizabeth Pateman daughter of Pte George Pateman and Mary, born on 23 August 1836.
  4. 8 Sept Harriet Webster daughter of QM Sgt Joseph Webster and Mary, born on 21 July 1836.
  5. 19 Sept George Downie son of Pte William Downie and Christina, born on 12 September 1836.
  6. 28 Nov Gertrude Frances Melita Floriana Taylor daughter of Capt William Taylor and Catherine Anna, born on 8 November 1836.
  7. 12 Dec Sarah Anne Murgatroyd daughter of Pte Robert Murgatroyd and Margaret, born on 27 November 1836.

The following were buried at Malta in 1836:

  1. 4 July Pte John Dare aged 21 years.
  2. 9 July Hospital Sgt James Duncan aged 53 years.
  3. 17 July Emma Watson aged 16 days, daughter of CSgt William Watson.
  4. 8 Aug Eliza Kelsall aged 5 months, daughter of Lt Edward Kelsall.
  5. 25 Aug Sarah Williams aged 20 months, daughter of Pte Edward Williams.
  6. 20 Sept Pte Thomas Jones aged 30 years.
  7. 4 Oct Pte John Sturgeon aged 15 years.
  8. 5 Oct Pte Thomas Steer aged 23 years.
  9. 14 Nov Susan Mallon aged 26 years, wife of Pte Mallon.
  10. 21 Nov Pte Thomas Richardson aged 25 years.
  11. 4 Dec Pte James McFarlane aged 26 years.

1837

9 June–11 Oct 1837 Cholera broke out on 9 June 1837. The 70th Foot had 37 sick with 9 deaths (6 males, 1 females, 2 children) between 17 June and 18 July 1837.

The following were married in Malta in 1837:

  1. 11 Sept Bachelor Pte John Bell to Elizabeth Ward, spinster daughter of Armourer Sgt Ward 70th Regiment, deceased.
  2. 16 Nov Bachelor Sgt Robert McDonald to Ophelia Ward, spinster daughter of Armourer Sgt Ward 70th Regiment, deceased.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1837:

  1. 20 Feb Samuel James Graham son of Capt James John Graham and Anna Maria born on 30 January 1837.
  2. 19 Mar Ellen Colquhoun daughter of Pte Alexander Colquhoun and Ellen born on 27 December 1836.
  3. 1 May Sarah Ockley daughter of L/Cpl James Ockley and Anne born on 24 April 1837.
  4. 10 May Harriet Hall daughter of George Hall and Mary born on 25 April 1837.
  5. 2 July Thomas Palmer son of Pte Charles Henry Palmer and Anastasia born on 26 June 1837.
  6. 7 July Edward Kelsall son of Lt Edward Kelsall and Susan born on 21 May 1837.
  7. 31 July John Adams son of Pte Charles Adams and Margaret born on 25 July 1837.
  8. 24 Aug Avary Holmes Kelsall son of Major Joseph Kelsall and Sarah born on 14 July 1837.
  9. 16 Oct Harriet Kercher daughter of Pte Henry Kercher and Mary born on 4 October 1837.
  10. 23 Oct Eliza Hoyles daughter of Pte Daniel Hoyles deceased and Anne born on 19 October 1837.
  11. 26 Nov James McFarlane son of Sgt Duncan McFarlane and Margaret born on 8 November 1837.
  12. 28 Dec John Clements son of Pte Thomas Clements and Jane born on 24 December 1837.

The following was buried at Malta in 1837:

  1. 11 Mar Pte William Dunn aged 30 years.

1838 70th (Surrey)

11 Jan 1838 459 men embarked on the transport Jupiter for the West Indies.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1838:

  1. 6 Jan Charlotte Amelia Wilton daughter of Lt John Lucas Wilton and Elizabeth born on 31 August 1837.
  2. 8 Jan Margaret Welsh daughter of Pte Richard Welsh and Mary born on 31 December 1837.
  3. 8 Jan Anne Allen daughter of Cpl William Allen and Elizabeth born on 3 January 1838.
  4. 8 Jan Susannah Sands daughter of Pte William Sands and Martha born on 31 December 1837.

The 2nd Battalion The East Surrey Regiment

1893 2nd/East Surrey

70th
TNA:WO 379/11 Movements of 70th Regt. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment embarked at Queenstown from Tipperary on 23 Feb 1893. It disembarked at Malta on 4 Mar as the short tour battalion.

It had an average strength of 540 men, 768 admissions (1412.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 9 deaths (16.67/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 38.44 (71.19/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 25.99 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 18.39 days.

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment was quartered at Pembroke Camp for 7 months and 2 weeks and at Isola Gate for 6 weeks from Nov 1893.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1893:

  1. 28 November Joseph Hart aged 4 years 6 months, died at Cottonera.
  2. 21 December J S Kiney aged 23 years, died at Cottonera.

1894 2nd/East Surrey

Henry Rudd
Pte Henry Rudd E Coy died at Pembroke Camp on 14 Aug 1894, aged 19 yrs
Pte John Clarke died at Valletta on 10 April 1895, aged 24 years
(Pieta' Military Cemetery)

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment had an average strength of 924 men. It had 739 admissions (799.8/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 9 deaths (9.74/1000 mean strength). 8 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 40.05 (49.83/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.19 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 22.74 days.

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment was quartered at Isola Gate for 12 months.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1894:

  1. 4 January F Ford aged 21 years, died at Cottonera.
  2. 31 April Bessie L Watson aged 6 weeks, child of Pte Watson died at Cottonera.
  3. 30 June Pte G Adams aged 19 years, died at Cottonera.
  4. 11 July Mary Weale aged 29 years, wife of Sergeant died at Cottonera.
  5. 26 July Annie Chambers aged 6 months, daughter of Sergeant died at Cottonera.
  6. 11 August Annie Mary Doyle aged 6 months, daughter of Pte died at Cottonera.
  7. 30 August Pte G Ashdown aged 20 years.
  8. 12 September Pte Frederick Taylor aged 19 years.
  9. 13 September CSgt Edward West aged 39 years.
  10. 18 September Nina Adela Weale aged 3 months daughter of Sergeant.
  11. 28 September Pte W Foskett aged 19 years.
  12. 4 December Sgt J Austin aged 38 years, died at Cottonera.

1895 2nd/East Surrey

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 was quartered at Isola Gate for 1 month and Fort Manoel and Hutments for 8 1/2 months. It embarked for Dover on 20 Oct 1895. It disembarked at Southampton on 29 Oct; it moved from Dover to Woking on 28 June 1898.

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment had 2 cases of enteric fever in Fort Manoel and Hutments.

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. Badges of HM Services. W M. Briggs & Co Manchester.
  4. TNA:WO 379/11. Stations of Regiments 1859–1900.
  5. TNA:WO 156/115. Register of burials in the military cemetery Rinella from January 1890 to January 1908.
  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.