Regiments
Of the Malta Garrison
The 79th
(Queen's Own
Cameron Highlanders)

The 79th (Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders)

Cameron Highlanders
The Thistle with the Imperial Crown lies within a belt inscribed The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, which is superimposed on the Cross of St Andrew. Below the belt is a Sphinx commemorating the 1801 Campaign in Egypt.

The 79th (Highland–Cameronian Volunteers) Regiment was raised in 1793 by Sir Alan Cameron of Erracht. In 1804, it was known as the 79th Cameronian Highlanders, and in 1873 as the 79th (Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders) Regiment.

On 1 July 1881, the 79th became The 1st Battalion The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. A second Battalion was raised in 1897.

In 1961, the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders amalgamated with the Seaforth Highlanders to form the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons).

The 79th

1855 – 79th

Burials in 1855:

The 1st/The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

1892 1st/Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Young Janet Murray
Janet Murray wife of QM Lt W Young died 2 June 1892, aged 34 years.
QM Lt William Young died at Cairo 13 Jan 1898, aged 48 yrs. (Ta' Braxia Cemetery Pieta)

23 Feb 1892 The 1st/Cameron Highlanders left Edinburgh on 20 February 1892. It embarked at Portsmouth on 23 February and disembarked at Malta on 7 March.

The regiment had an average strength of 695 men, 609 admissions into hospital and 6 deaths. 7 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 28.50. The average sick time to each soldier was 25.01 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.13 days.

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders was quartered at Pembroke Camp for 9 months. It had detachments at Citta Vecchia for 3 months.

Baptisms in 1892:

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1892:

1893 1st/Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders had an average strength of 956 men. It had 732 admissions (765.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 11 deaths (11.51/1000 mean strength). 25 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 50.24. The average sick time to each soldier was 19.18 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.05 days.

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders was quartered at Pembroke Camp for 2 months and at Lower St Elmo Barracks for 10 months.

Baptisms in 1893:

Burials at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1893:

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1893:

1894 1st/Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Robert Brown
1345 Sgt Robert Brown, A Coy 1st/Queen's Own Cameron Hldrs died 29 Dec 1894 aged 31 yrs. (Ta' Braxia Cemetery Pieta)

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders had an average strength of 956 men. It had 616 admissions into hospital with 2 deaths. 17 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 46.11. The average sick time to each soldier was 17.61 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.32 days.

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders was quartered at Lower St Elmo Barracks for 12 months.

Baptisms in 1894:

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1894:

1895 1st/Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders was quartered at Lower St Elmo Barracks for 6 weeks.

It had an average strength of 141 men with 71 admissions into hospital. Three invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.93. The average sick time to each soldier was 15.51 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 30.79 days.

19 Feb 1895 The 1st/Cameron Highlanders embarked for Gibraltar, where it arrived on 24 February. It left Gibraltar for Egypt on 4 October 1897.

Baptisms in 1895:

The 2nd/The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

1902 2nd/Cameron Highlanders

Thomas Love
5853 Pte Thomas Love A Coy 2nd/Queen's Own Cameron Hldrs died 27 Sept 1902 aged 20 yrs. (Mtarfa' Military Cemetery)

30 Apr 1902 The 2nd/Cameron Highlanders arrived in Gibraltar on 28 October 1899. On 30 April 1902, it embarked for Crete where it arrived on 1 May.

4 May A Coy, C Coy and H Coy The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders disembarked from the Carthage at Malta. B Coy went to Cyprus on 9 May while three companies were based at Crete.

Baptisms in the Garrison Church in 1902:

Burials at Mtarfa Military Cemetery in 1902:

1903 2nd/Cameron Highlanders

2 Mar 1903 The 2nd Battalion The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders embarked on the Ortona at Crete for Malta, arriving there on 10 March. It was replaced in Crete by the 1st/Royal Dublin Fusiliers from Malta.
B Coy embarked for Cyprus from Crete on 4 March 1903.

The Battalion was stationed at Fort Manoel.

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1903:

1904 2nd/Cameron Highlanders

The 2nd/Cameron Highlanders was stationed at Fort Manoel. Its strength was 306 men.

16 Apr 1904 The 2nd/Cameron Highlanders embarked on the Soudan for Capetown arriving there on 9 May 1904.

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