Regiments of the Malta Garrison The 9th (East Norfolk) Regiment
The 9th (East Norfolk) Regiment
The 9th Foot was raised in 1685 by King James II during the time of the Monmouth Rebellion.
It was numbered 9th Foot in 1751, to which the title East Norfolk was added in 1782.
On 1 July 1881, the infantry were given a geographical connection with an appropriate territorial title in place of the regimental number. The 9th Regiment became The 1st Battalion The Norfolk Regiment.
The Norfolk Regiment received its Royal prefix in June 1935 during the jubilee of King George V.
In 1959, The Royal Norfolk Regiment merged with The Suffolk Regiment to form The East Anglian (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk) Regiment.
3 Mar 1854 The 9th Foot arrived from Ireland with 505 men fit for duty. A part of the 9th Foot was quartered at Fort St Elmo, the rest at the School for Girls, and the Castellaria in Merchant Street Valletta.
20 May 1854 The Steamer Karnak left Cork on 20 May with 60 private soldiers, 3 women and 10 children of 3rd Regiment of Foot, 5 private soldiers, 7 women and 15 children of 9th Regiment of Foot, 102 private soldiers, 6 women and 9 children of 62nd Regiment of Foot, and 47 private soldiers, 2 women and 0 children of 68th Regiment of Foot. The ship was under the medical charge of Assistant Surgeon Andrew risk 23rd Regiment. It arrived at Malta on 31 May 1854. There had been no casualties or sick during the voyage other than a single case of measles.
18 Apr The 9th Foot formed part of the reserve at Verdala Barracks until required in the east during the war with Russia.
10 Oct The 9th Foot moved from Fort Verdala to Fort St Elmo and Auberge Bavarie Valletta vice The 3rd (East Kent–The Buffs) Regiment of Foot.
Nov 1854 The 9th Foot left for Turkey and the Crimea. The regiment (20 officers, 544 men) landed at Balaklava on 27 Nov 1854. It was marched at once to the Lines before Sebastopol and placed on duty in the trenches. The weather was wet, cold and tempestuous. Cholera made its appearance on 29 November. In the course of that and the following day, 13 cases occurred of which 6 proved fatal; 81 fell ill in December out of a strength of 544 men.
The regiment had suffered much from fever at Malta during autumn. Many men were embarked for service in the Crimea while still convalescing, and not yet fully fit to encounter the hardships and deprivations of their new positions.
The following were baptised in 1854:
11 JanMary Jane Amelia Hamner born 5 November 1853, daughter of Margaret and CSgt William James Hamner 49th Regiment.
18 AprGeorgiana Cox born on 9 March 1854, daughter of Emma and QM Sgt Harry Cox.
2 MayElizabeth Anna Maria Jeffreys born on 18 April 1854, daughter of Eliza and Sgt Robert Jeffreys.
7 MayAndrew James Rees born on 23 April 1854, son of Elizabeth and Pte George Rees.
11 AugCharles Sheaves born on 22 July 1854, son of Winifred and Sgt John Sheaves.
25 AugElizabeth Emma Briggs born on 18 July 1854, daughter of Harriet and CSgt John Briggs.
17 SepMary Ann Bradley born on 5 September 1854, daughter of Matilda and Sgt John Bradley.
18 SepCecilia Louisa Harrington Hawes born on 12 September 1854, daughter of the late Cecilia Priscilla nee Yelverton and Capt George Harrington Hawes.
25 OctThomas William Stewart born 3 October 1854, son of Eliza Louisa and School master Thomas Walker 9th Regiment.
29 NovJohn Thomas Ernshaw born 11 November 1854, son of Ellen and Pte John Ernshaw.
18 DecJohn Saunders Wallace born 12 December 1854, son of Anne and Cpl John S Wallace.
The following were buried in 1854:
2 JuneGeorgina Cox aged 84 days, daughter of Sgt Cox.
7 JuneThomas Mosroney aged 1 year 2 months, son of Pte Thomas Mosroney.
24 JuneAndrew James Rees aged 2 months, daughter of Pte George Rees.
1 JulyFrederick Rudd son of Cpl Robert Rudd.
4 JulyAnna C Borton aged 6 months, daughter of Lt Col Borton.
22 JulyElizabeth Hannah Ellison aged 1 year, daughter of Pte Isaac Ellison.
22 JulyAlfred Thomas White aged 1 year, son of Pte Isaac White.
12 AugMargaret Briggs aged 26 years, wife of CSgt John Briggs.
4 SepWilliam Briggs aged 10 months, son of CSgt John Briggs.
19 SepCecelia Priscilla Hawes aged 24 years, wife of Capt George Harrington Hawes.
6 Oct Sgt Alexander Polson aged 26 years.
10 Oct Pte John Snow aged 31 years.
10 NovElizabeth Emma Biggs aged 10 months, daughter of CSgt John Biggs.