19 Oct 1821 The Clasman transport arrived from Gibraltar with the Division of the 80th Regiment. The battalion had been in Gibraltar for the preceding eight months. The men marched to their quarters in the outworks of Floriana.
26 Oct The Star transport arrived from Gibraltar with the remainder of the 80th Regiment.
Inspector of Hospitals John Hennen reported that the 80th Regiment was of the ordinary class of materials and least effective corps in the garrison from the prevalence of fever amongst them.1
Soldiers on duty at the upper part of the harbour, near an area known as Marsa, fell ill with fever.
14 Oct 1821 Mrs Elizabeth Macroft, 25 years, of a very delicate and weak constitution was admitted to the Ophthalmia Hospital in the General Hospital Valletta. She had suffered from dysentery ever since arriving in Malta, six weeks previous to her admission with bilateral red eyes. Her cornea ulcerated and the iris protruded through the defect. Leeches were applied to her eyes to relief the inflammation, followed by purgation and bleeding to reduce the force of the circulation.
19 Nov Burial of Lt Hugh MacDougal QM 80th Regiment, aged 36 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).
The following were baptised in 1821:
11 NovElizabeth Chapman Hoggins daughter of Sgt Major Charles Hoggins and Mary, born on 16 October 1821.
18 NovEllen Chapman Whittrick daughter of Pte Daniel Whittrick and Ellen, born on 29 September.
20 NovEyre Evans Kenny son of Captain and Brevet Major Eyre Evans Kenny and Lucy Jennings, born on 5 November.
9 DecRichard Blackman son of Pte James Blackman and Anne, born on 16 November.
18 DecWilliam Conway son of Captain William Harpur Conway and Elizabeth, born on 26 November.
21 Mar–20 June 1822 The average strength of the 80th Regiment was 586 men. The battalion was at Floriana Barracks and Bormla, with detachments on the outworks of Floriana.
Three men died during the Winter Quarter (21 Dec 1821 to 20 Mar 1822). Four soldiers with intermittent fever were admitted to the regimental hospital during this quarter. Staff Surgeon James Dillon Tully reported that these were not of local origin as one had previously suffered from it at Gibraltar, and another from the 36th Foot had arrived from the Ionian Islands, bringing the seeds of the disease with him. Both were treated with bark. Relapses were controlled with zinc and other tonics combined with bark, and if the abdominal viscera was suspected to be involved, the patient was subjected to an alternative course of mercury. Twenty nine cases of venereal genital ulcers were also admitted to the regimental hospital.
There were 42 cases of Continued or Summer fever, (Phlebotomus fever), during the Spring Quarter (21 March to 20 June 1822). The fever usually subsided on the second or third day, while convalescence was established by the end of the third or the beginning of the fourth day. There were 190 cases of fever from 21 June to 20 Sep 1822 (summer quarter), with three deaths. The PMO blamed the exposed nature of Floriana Barracks, where the regiment was quartered, to the full heat of the sun, as the cause of the fever.
Continued fever was the prevalent disease in the 80th Regiment during the Autumn Quarter (21 Sep to 20 Dec 1822). The fever took the form of the typhoidal type with yellowness of the skin manifesting in most of the sick. Out of 44 soldiers admitted with fever, five proved fatal. Overall, during 1822, the 80th had a total of 310 admissions for fever with 9 deaths. One soldier who had bought his discharge died of apoplexy. Several soldiers were treated in the regimental hospital for Hunterian chancre. The non mercurial treatment was adopted by the surgeon.
The following were buried in 1822:
1822Hannah Badger, daughter of QM Sgt Edward and Ann Badger, aged 9 years. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).
28 SepMary Hoggins wife of Sgt Major Charles Hoggins 80th Regiment aged 36 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).
29 SepWilliam Conway Harpur, son of Major Harpur 80th Regiment aged 10 months. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).
Sep Pte Benjamin Frost died of dysentery 32 days after his admission to the hospital (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).
30 SepSarah Fisher wife of Sgt William Fisher 80th Regiment, aged 22 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).
23 Oct Pte Mathew Mattinson aged 38 years, died of continued fever 8 days after his admission to the hospital. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).
1822Thomas Nichols aged 18 years, died of continued fever 8 days after his admission to the hospital.
1822Samuel Summers aged 28 years, died of continued fever 42 days after his admission to the hospital. His illness was complicated by yellowness of the skin.
1822James Morris aged 23 years, died of continued fever 10 days after his admission to the hospital.
1822Nicholas Kenny aged 46 years, died of continued fever 8 days after his admission to the hospital.
1822William Harman aged 28 years, died of continued fever 11 days after his admission to the hospital.
1822John Corbett aged 22 years, died of continued fever 17 days after his admission to the hospital. Died suddenly from a convulsion during the convalescent state.
1822Joseph Pickerill aged 27 years, died of continued fever 14 days after his admission to the hospital.
1822Samuel Graves aged 26 years, died of pneumonia 12 days after his admission to the hospital.
1822 Sgt Henry Glover aged 34 years, died of phthisis 11 days after his admission to the hospital. During the summer he had had several attacks of acute disease and had been taken into the hospital with what was diagnosed as splenitis.
1822William Wheelers aged 29 years, died of phthisis 38 days after his admission to the hospital with acute catarrh.
1822Samuel Sayers aged 25 years, died of phthisis pulmonalis 75 days after his admission to the hospital.
1822George Unwin aged 33 years, died of apoplexy on the 5th day of his disease. He had been discharged from his regiment previously to falling ill and was waiting for his passage home.
1822Edward Evans aged 25 years, died on the second day of what was reported to be cholera morbus.
The following were baptised in 1822:
22 JanTeresa Warburton daughter of Pte John Warburton and Elizabeth, born on 19 November 1821.
10 FebWilliam Darlington son of Pte George Darlington and Helen, born on 31 December 1821.
10 FebWilliam James son of Pte John James and Hannah, born on 27 September 1821.
10 FebJames Donally son of Pte Simon Donally and Elizabeth, born on 20 January 1822.
24 FebHenry Dale son of Sgt William Dale and Sarah, born on 6 June 1819, previously baptised at Walsall Staffordshire July 1820 was publicly received into the church.
24 FebThomas Dale son of Sgt William Dale and Sarah, born on 8 December 1821.
24 FebMary Anne Dale daughter of Sgt John Dale and Jane, born on 14 June 1821.
4 MarElizabeth Derricott daughter of Sgt William Derricott and Isabella, born on 24 February.
10 MarElizabeth Burrows daughter of Pte William Burrows and Penelope, born on 22 February.
20 MarGeorge Pitt son of Major George Dean Pitt and Susan, born on 19 February.
24 MarMary Cornish daughter of Pte John Cornish and Robina, born on 3 March.
6 AprMary Lewis daughter of Pte William Lewis and Frances, born on 20 November 1818.
6 AprAbigail Lewis daughter of Pte William Lewis and Frances, born on 20 March 1822.
5 MayWilliam Jackman son of Pte John Jackman and Deborah, born on 21 April.
2 JuneJoseph Ellis Inglis son of Sgt David Inglis and Jane, born on 6 May.
7 JulySarah Maden daughter of Sgt Daniel Maden and Pleasant, born on 30 May.
4 AugJane Catharine Robbie daughter of Pte Charles Robbie and Rebecca, born on 13 July.
11 AugHannah Ward daughter of Pte George Ward and Mary, born on 8 July.
11 AugEdmund Mind son of Pte John Mind and Fanny, born on 30 July 1822 and publicly received into the church on 28 February 1823.
8 SepFloriana Badger daughter of QM Sgt Edward Badger and Anne, born on 5 August.
19 SepFrederick Henry Jones Grove son of Captain Henry Jones Grove and Sarah Northover Watts, born on 14 August 1822.
29 SepWilliam Ellis son of Sgt George Ellis and Susannah, born on 6 September.
20 OctJames Heagle son of Sgt Benjamin Heagle and Elizabeth, born on 24 September.
3 NovPriscilla Munn daughter of Pte Thomas Munn and Anne, born on 4 October.
17 NovMary Anne Evans daughter of Pte Edward Evans and Elizabeth, born on 1 November.
29 NovThomas Peace son of Pte Joseph Peace and Mary, born on 26 October.
The regiment had an average daily sick of 28, with a ratio of sick to well of 1:20. There were a number of cases of venereal diseases and pulmonary conditions, with 12 severe cases of pneumonia with two deaths. In October, catarrh was very prevalent but treatable. Of three cases of phthisis, (tuberculosis), two died and one was invalidated to England. There were 159 admissions for fever with one death.
The ophthalmia hospital was attached to the regimental hospital of the 80th Regiment.
The following were married in 1823:
1 Apr Widower Sgt and Drum Major John Power to Sarah Hickey of Ballintemple near Carlow, Ireland, a widow.
29 July Batchelor Lt John Bowler to Frances Mary Jane Raitt, a spinster and minor, with the consent of her parents, daughter of Lt Col Raitt Deputy Adjutant General to the Forces in the Mediterranean.
1 Dec Batchelor Pte Henry Muspratt to Mary Brown, a spinster of the Parish of Creed in the County of Cornwall.
The following were baptised in 1823:
5 JanWilliam Henry Lampard son of Sgt William Lampard and Jane, born on 22 December 1822.
5 JanJoseph Yates son of Pte Thomas Yates and Martha, born on 20 December 1822.
6 JanGeorgina Emma Susan Pitt daughter of Lt Col George Dean Pitt 80th Regiment and Susan, born on 11 April 1819, privately baptised at the Parish Church of Clifton in Gloucestershire, was publicly received into the church.
6 JanEmilia Maria Pitt daughter of Lt Col George Dean Pitt 80th Regiment and Susan, born on 20 June 1820, privately baptised at Edinburgh by the Rev Bishop Sandford, was publicly received into the church.
12 JanSarah Coates son of Acting Sgt William Coates and Catharine, born on 8 December 1822.
21 JanMatilda Morcroft daughter of Drm Joseph Morcroft and Eliza, born on 21 January 1822 and publicly received into the church on 23 February 1823.
2 FebAaron Smith son of Sgt Joseph Smith and Elizabeth, born on 14 December 1822.
9 FebJohn Crawford son of Sgt Robert Crawford and Jane, born on 29 January 1823.
16 FebJane Dale daughter of Sgt John Dale and Jane, born on 18 January 1823.
2 MarJohn Rampling son of Acting Cpl James Rampling and Anne, born on 29 January 1823 and privately baptised on 1 March was publicly received into the church.
21 MarSusannah Letts son of Drm John Letts and Isabella, born on 21 February 1823.
20 AprEliza Derricott daughter of Acting Sgt William Derricott and Isabella, born on 30 March 1823.
6 MayCharles Blackman son of Pte James Blackman and Anne, born on 16 April 1823.
11 MayHarriet Roden daughter of Pte Samuel Roden and Mary, born on 10 April 1823.
25 MayHannah Birch daughter of Sgt John Birch and Mary, born on 12 May 1823.
25 MayJane McJenneson daughter of Pte John McJenneson and Margaret, born on 13 May 1823.
22 JulyFrances Hardy daughter of Pte John Hardy and Anne, born on 5 July 1823.
21 SeptDavid Inglis Powell son of Sgt Thomas Powell and Margaret, born on 3 September 1823.
21 SeptWilliam Tomkinson son of Sgt William Tomkinson and Mary, born on 24 August 1823.
24 SeptElizabeth Dale daughter of Sgt William Dale and Sarah, born on 24 September 1823.
30 NovCharles Robic son of Pte Charles Robic and Rebecca, born on 16 October 1823.
30 NovRebecca Robic daughter of Pte Charles Robic and Rebecca, born on 16 October 1823.
7 DecCatherine Murphy daughter of Pte Michael Murphy and Mary, born on 4 November 1823.
11 DecMary Catherine Harris daughter of Pte John Harris and Anne, born on 27 November 1823.
13 DecEdward Eyre Kenny son of Brevet Major and Captain Eyre Evans Kenny 80th Regiment and Lucy Jennings, born on 18 November 1823.
31 DecWilliam George French son of Lt Acheson French and Maria Aradosa, born on 16 October 1823.
The following were buried in 1823:
Apr 1823Henry Parrock aged 22 years, was repeatedly admitted into hospital from Aug 1822 and died in April 1823 from phthisis.
9 May Pte John Bedd L Coy 80th Regiment, aged 25 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).
20 July QM Sgt Edward Badger 80th Regiment, aged 38 years, died of dysentery on the 13th day of the disease. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).
1823John Dodd aged 23 years, died on the 8th day of continued fever.
1823William Hart aged 24 years, died on the 13th day of pneumonia.
1823John Stanfield aged 23 years, died on the 16th day of pneumonia.
1823William Brown aged 28 years, died of phthisis in the third month of his disease.
1823William Bogle aged 31 years, died of phthisis in the third month of his disease.
1823John Worrel aged 24 years, died of phthisis in the fourth month of his disease.
1 Jan 1930 The 2nd/South Staffordshire Regiment was in Palestine.
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