Of the Malta Garrison
The Devonshire Regiment

The 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 Henry, Duke of Beaufort in Devon, Somerset and Dorset, 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 2nd Battalion wore a rosette above the cap badge in the Colours of the French Croix de Guerre. This was granted in recognition of its services at Chemin de Dames on 27 May 1918 while serving in conjunction with the French Fifth Army.

The Regimental badge is the Castle of Exeter on an eight-pointed star, with a Crown occupying the top point. Below the Castle is the motto Semper Fidelis (Always faithful).

The 1st/The Devonshire Regiment

1927 1st/Devonshire

Ernest George Searl
Ernest George Searl accidentally drowned 17 Oct 1927, aged 5 yrs. (Pembroke Cemetery)

Oct 1927 The 1st/Devonshire arrived at Malta.

1928 1st/Devonshire

1 Jan 1928 Strength: 9 officers and 808 men.

Elspeth Violet Duxbury Wadham
Elspeth Violet Duxbury Wadham wife of John Wise Wadham died 17 Dec 1928 aged 27 yrs (Ta' Braxia Cemetery).

1 July Strength: 26 officers and 820 men.

1929 1st/Devonshire

1 Jan 1929 Strength: 27 officers and 841 men.

1 Oct Strength: 27 officers and 882 men. The 1st/Devonshire Regiment embarked for Quetta.

The 2nd/The Devonshire Regiment

Edwin Greenslade
Edwind John Greenslade C Coy died 20 March 1911 Aged 20 yrs.
Pte Stanley Simons C Coy died 7 Sep 1911 aged 23 yrs (Pembroke Military Cemetery).
George Lyne
John Radford F Coy died on 25 Oct 1910 at Cottonera Hospital aged 22 yrs (Mtarfa Military Cemetery).
Edward J Tabb
Edward John Tabb died 18 Jan 1912 aged 24 years.
(Pembroke Military Cemetery)

1909 2nd/Devonshire

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

Baptisms in 1909:

1910 2nd/Devonshire

1911 2nd/Devonshire

Baptisms in 1911:

1912 2nd/Devonshire

18 Jan 1912 The 2nd/Devonshire Regiment embarked for Alexandria on the Rewa, arriving there on 21 January.

The 2nd/The Devonshire Regiment

1938 2nd/Devonshire

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

1939 2nd/Devonshire

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

1940 2nd/Devonshire

William Thompson
5608454 Band Sgt William Thompson died 24 Sept 1939 aged 36 yrs.
(Pembroke Military Cemetery)

23 Jan 1940 2nd/Devonshire Regiment marched into St Andrews Barracks and handed over St George's Barracks and Ta' Qali to 2nd/Royal West Kent Regiment.

10 June Took over Marsaxlokk Defence Sector and all Passive Air Defence (PAD) responsibilities from 2nd/Royal West Kent Regiment. The battalion also took over the gymnasium and the garages at St Andrews Barracks.

Together with A Coy 2/KOMR, it was responsible for co-ordinating with the defence plans of RAF Station Kalafrana and patrolling the boom at Wied Is Shakka (GR 5015). The landing places on the SW coast were guarded by 2/KOMR.

10 June A Carrier Plt of 2/Devon together with a Coy 8/Manch defended the landing ground at Hal Far RAF Station.

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.

30 June Strength: 24 officers and 670 men.

29 July On 29 July, No 5619974 Pte John Henry Foote D Coy 2nd/Devonshire Regiment was accidentally 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

30 June 1941 Strength: 30 officers and 934 men.

1942 2nd/Devonshire

1943 2nd/Devonshire

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