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Of the Malta Garrison – 1852

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Malta Garrison – 1852

Malta Militia

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 The Ordinance was unpopular, and was repealed in Oct 1854, the militia being disbanded in 1857.



  • Hart H. G., The New Annual Army List dated 30 December 1852.
  • A list of the officers of the army and the Royal Marines, 1851-52. London Cloves and Sons 1852.
  • TNA:WO 17/2158, Returns of the General and Staff officers of the hospitals attached to the forces in Malta (1 January–1 December 1852).