Regiments of the Malta Garrison 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment
The 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot
The 77th Foot was raised in 1787 as the 77th Regiment of Foot. It went to India soon after its formation where it remained for 19 years.
In 1807 the 77th returned to England and was granted the county association for East Middlesex, becoming the 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment.
In 1876 the 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment incorporated The Duke of Cambridge's Own into its title.
On 1 July 1881, the 77th (East Middlesex) (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Regiment of Foot merged with the 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment to form the Second Battalion of The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment).
Dec 1840–Apr 1841 The 77th was at Floriana Barracks where the men were affected with partial ophthalmia.
The following were married in 1841:
26 May Paymaster Widower Alexander John Macpherson to Emma Cardew, spinster daughter of Col Cardew commanding the Royal Engineers.
29 May Bachelor Sgt David Gournly to Mary Ann Collins, spinster of the West End, near Uxbridge in the County of Middlesex, England.
The following were baptised in 1841:
5 FebMaria McCarthy born on 18 January 1841, daughter of Maria and Ensign and Adjutant Patrick McCarthy.
15 FebSarah Jane Sexton born on 27 January, daughter of Sarah and Pte Edward Sexton.
22 FebGeorge Everitt born on 11 February, son of CSgt William Everitt and Agnes.
5 MayAlfred Hope born on 21 April, son of Acting QM Sgt George Hope and Elizabeth.
27 JuneWilliam Bailey born on 30 April, son of Pte Thomas Bailey and Bridget.
1 AugVictoria Christiana Wells born on 20 July, daughter of Sgt Samuel Wells and Adelaide.
21 AugJane Pirrie born on 21 August 1841, daughter of CSgt Robert Pirrie and Ellen was privately baptised by Chaplain to the Forces John Thomas Howe Le Mesurier. She was publicly received into the church on 21 January 1842.
26 SepFanny Ward born on 12 September, daughter of Sgt Daniel Ward and Bridget.
25 OctAlexander McLean born on 2 October 1841, son of Sgt Alexander McLean and Margaret.
15 NovThomas William Bullivant son of Hospital Sgt Thomas Bullivant and Margaret, born on 21 October 1841.
5 DecMary Barber born on 12 November 1841, daughter of Pte James Barber and Eliza.
The following were buried in 1841:
22 Nov Infant Jane Humphreys aged 12 months, daughter of Henry Humphreys.
24 Mar 1854 901 men of the 77th arrived from Liverpool. The regiment was placed under canvas at St Clement's parade ground.
9 Apr The 77th embarked on the Indus for Turkey and the Crimea.
2 June Burial of Pte Robert Jamison aged 25 years.
Nov 1854 The regiment had 24 officers and 750 men serving in the Crimea. Bowel complaints prevailed. Their surgeon ascribed it to the want of proper clothing, severe duty and exposure to the cold and wet in the trenches, lack of fuel to cook their food, the men frequently eating their salt pork raw, want of hospital huts, fuel and soap, the men being filthy.
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Ady J., A brief description of the island of Malta showing some of its productions and peculiarities of its inhabitants by Joseph Ady, Paymaster-Sgt 77th Regiment and school-master at Malta for 37 years.
TNA:WO 156/122; List of gravestones at the Military and Civil Cemetery 1801–1865 and the Quarantine Bastion Cemetery 1819–1867 compiled by the Rev D B L Foster Assistant Chaplain General Western Mediterranean in May 1939.
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TNA:WO 156/113. Register of burials September 1853 to June 1862.
TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Marriage Register from 11 July 1839 to 14 May 1859.
TNA:WO 156/594. No 2, Marriage Register from 1 January 1820 to 12 June 1839.
TNA:WO 156/594. No 2, Baptism Register from 2 January 1820 to 29 June 1839.
TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Baptism Register from 14 July 1839 to 25 December 1859.