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76th (Hindoostan) Regiment

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The 76th (Hindoostan) Regiment of Foot


The 76th (Hindoostan) Regiment of Foot was raised at Chatham in 1787 by the East India Company. After its formation the regiment served in India for the next twenty years, where it distinguished itself especially at Laswaree, Deig and Agra. For these services it obtained the honorary badge of an elephant circumscribed by the word Hindoostan.

In 1812, the 76th (Hindoostan) Regiment of Foot became the 76th Regiment. It served in Spain under sir John Moore, in the expedition to Walcheren under the Earl of Chatham, in Spain and France under the Duke of Wellington when the word Peninsula was added to its Colours, and subsequently in Canada.

On 1 July 1881, the 76th Regiment merged with The 33rd The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding Regiment) to form the Second Battalion of The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). The 33rd forming the 1st Battalion.

In January 1921, its title change to The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding).

The 76th Regiment of Foot

1842 — 76th Foot

14 Feb 1842 Death of Mary Elizabeth wife of Capt Lothian Dickson and daughter of Lt Col Gillman 76th Regiment.

1851 76th Foot

27 Mar 1851 319 men, 33 women and 55 children of the 76th Foot arrived from Corfu.

9 Apr 678 men, 53 women and 104 children of the 76th Foot arrived from Corfu.

23 July Bachelor Sgt Owen Willis son of Thomas and Elizabeth Willis married Mary Elizabeth Walman, widow of Pte Thomas Walman 76th Regiment.

1 Nov Strength: 994 men. HQ Coy was at Cottonera.

1852 76th Foot

1852 The 76th was at Cottonera with detachments at Fort Ricasoli, Fort Manoel, and Fort Tigne. In September, the 76th moved from Cottonera to Floriana where it relieved the 3rd (East Kent-The Buffs) Regiment.

1853 76th Foot

18 Jan 1853 In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta, Bachelor School Master Sgt Jeremiah Willis born at Midleton County Cork, son of George and Ann Willis of Midleton married Charlotte Gardiner, spinster and minor with the consent of her mother, born in Edinburgh, daughter of QM Sgt John Gardiner 42nd Highlanders deceased and of Phoebe his wife residing in Malta.

24 Jan 1853 18 men embarked at Deptford on board transport John Oldham for Malta.

25 Jan Lt B Rising had been seriously ill since 15 January, having lost the use of one side by a paralytic stroke.

10 Mar Strength: 910 men.

Mar 1853 700 men, 43 women and 100 children of the 76th Foot left for Halifax Nova Scotia on the steam ship Simoon. The remainder of the 76th moved to Fort St Elmo which they shared with a company of the 68th Foot. The quarters formerly occupied by the 76th Regiment at the Auberge de Castille were taken over by the Royal Malta Fencible Regiment which was relieved at Fort Manoel by the 41st Regiment.


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  • TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Marriage Register 11 July 1839 to 14 May 1859.
  • TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Baptism Register from 14 July 1839 to 25 December 1859.
  • Record of the Services of British Regiments - Seventy Sixth (Hindoostan) Regiment of Foot. The Naval and Military Magazine (Dec 1827) iv; 613. London 1827.