The average strength of the garrison was 3,196 men.
On 5 May 1852, Ordinance No II, for the formation of a Maltese Militia Force (Volunteers) was enacted. This rendered all males between the ages of 16 and 60 years liable for service in the defence of the islands. The establishment was fixed at 1000 men, but the number enrolled fell considerably short.
No attempt was made to carry the original intention of compulsory service into effect. The standard of efficiency attained was consequently not very high. The Ordinance was unpopular, and was repealed in Oct 1854, the militia being disbanded in 1857.
12 Jan 1852 In the Collegiate Church of St Paul Valletta, Naval Surgeon John B Nicholson RN of HM Steamer Merlin, was married to Katherine O'Reilly by the Rev John Cleugh, chaplain to Government.1
5 July 1852 In the Collegiate Church of St Paul Valletta Bachelor John Gollifer of Leeds in the County of York, a cook in the Military Prison St Elmo Barracks, married Mary Hughes of Sicily, a widow.
15 June 1852 Baptism of Sophia Jane Hare born of 6 April 1852, daughter of Frances Alicia and the Rev Henry Hare Assistant Chaplain to the Forces.