Regiments of the Malta Garrison
11th (North Devonshire)

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The 11th (North Devonshire) Regiment

The Devonshire
An eight-pointed star, the uppermost point displaced by a crown, on the star a circle inscribed The Devonshire Regiment. Within the circle the Castle of Exeter above a scroll inscribed with the motto Semper Fidelis (Always faithful).
(2nd Bn 1909–1912 Main Guard Valletta)

The Devonshire Regiment was raised in 1685 by the Duke of Beaufort for the suppression of the Monmouth Rebellion.

It was numbered 11th Foot in 1747, to which North Devonshire was added in 1782.

On 1 July 1881, the 11th (North Devonshire) Regiment became the Devonshire Regiment.

On 17th July 1958, The Devonshire Regiment merged with The Dorset Regiment, to form The Devon and Dorset Regiment.

The 1st Battalion The Devonshire Regiment

Ernest George Searl
Ernest George Searl accidentally drowned 17 Oct 1927, aged 5 yrs. (Pembroke Cemetery)
Elspeth Violet Duxbury Wadham
Elspeth Violet Duxbury Wadham wife of John Wise Wadham died 17 Dec 1928 aged 27 yrs. (Ta' Braxia Cemetery)

1927 1st/Devonshire

Oct 1927 The 1st/Devonshire arrived at Malta.

1928 1st/Devonshire

Malta 1 Jan 1928 Strength: 9 officers and 808 men.

Malta 1 July 1928 Strength: 26 officers and 820 men.

1929 1st/Devonshire

Malta 1 Jan 1929 Strength: 27 officers and 841 men.

Malta 1 Oct 1929 Strength: 27 officers and 882 men.

Malta 1929 The 1st/Devonshire Regiment embarked for Quetta.

The 2nd Battalion The Devonshire Regiment

2nd Devons
TNA:WO 379/15 Troop Movements 2nd/Devonshire. (Courtesy R Sellstrom BEM)
George Lyne
John Radford F Coy died on 25 Oct 1910 at Cottonera Hospital aged 22 yrs. (Mtarfa Military Cemetery)

1909 2nd/Devonshire

28 July 1909 The 2nd/Devonshire Regiment arrived from Crete on the Rameses.

1910 2nd/Devonshire

1911 2nd/Devonshire

1912 2nd/Devonshire

18 Jan 1912 The 2nd/Devonshire Regiment embarked for Alexandria.

The 2nd Battalion The Devonshire Regiment

Edwin Greenslade
Edwind John Greenslade C Coy died 20 March 1911 Aged 20 yrs.
Pte Stanley Simons C Coy died 7 Sept 1911 aged 23 yrs. (Pembroke Military Cemetery)
Edward J Tabb
Edward John Tabb died 18 Jan 1912 aged 24 years. (Pembroke Military Cemetery)
William Thompson
5608454 Band Sgt William Thompson died 24 Sept 1939 aged 36 yrs.
(Pembroke Military Cemetery)

1938 2nd/Devonshire

July 1938 The 2nd/Devonshire Regiment arrived at Malta.

1939 2nd/Devonshire

Malta 30 June 1939 27 officers and 323 men formed a reserve in readiness at Attard.

1940 2nd/Devonshire

23 Jan 1940 The 2nd/Devonshire Regiment moved into St Andrews Barracks and handed over St George's Barracks and Ta' Qali to 2nd/Royal West Kent Regiment. It took over Marsaxlokk Sector from 2nd/Royal West Kent Regiment and all Passive Air Defence (PAD) responsibilities from 2nd/Royal West Kent Regiment.

30 June Strength: 24 officers and 670 men.

13 June During the air raid of 13 June, two casualties from 1st/Devonshire Regiment were treated at ADS Tarxien and evacuated to Mtarfa hospital. No 7342748 Pte John Henry Slade and No 5615850 Pte Henry William James Kite were killed.

29 July On 29 July, No 5619974 Pte John Henry Foote D Coy 2nd/Devonshire Regiment was accidnetally shot by a private who was cleaning his rifle.

18 Dec 1940 Villa Cecy in Tarxien was handed over to 2nd/Devonshire Regiment.

1941 2nd/Devonshire

Malta 30 June 1941 Strength: 30 officers and 934 men.

1942 2nd/Devonshire

1943 2nd/Devonshire

Malta 1943 The 2nd/Devonshire left Malta for Egypt in preparation for the invasion of Sicily.


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  2. Edwards T. J., 1980. Regimental Badges First Edition, Tonbridge, Kent: Ernest Benn Ltd.
  3. Wickes, H. L, 1974. Regiments of Foot Southampton Osprey Ltd, 14.
  4. TNA:WO 379/15. Stations of Regiments 1901–1920.