Regiments of the Malta Garrison
17th (Leicestershire)

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The 17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot

The Royal Tiger superscribed Hindoostan granted to the 17th Foot for its service in India from 1804 to 1823 (London Gazette 25 June 1825), and a scroll below inscribed Leicestershire.

The 17th Foot was raised in 1688 as Colonel Solomon Richard's Regiment of Foot.

It was numbered 17th in 1751, to which the title Leicestershire was added in 1782.

On 1 July 1881, it became The Leicestershire Regiment.

In 1946, the regiment was given its Royal prefix to become The Royal Leicestershire Regiment.

In 1964 The Royal Leicestershire became the 4th (Leicestershire) Royal Anglian Regiment. In 1968, it dropped the county title to become the 4th Royal Anglian Regiment. The regiment was disbanded in 1975.

The 1st Battalion 17th (Leicestershire)Regiment of Foot

1855 17th (Leicestershire)

The following were buried at Malta in 1855:

  1. 27 September Pte Thomas Wignall 17th Regiment aged 19 years 6 months.
  2. 1 October Pte George Bucklow aged 19 years.

1856 17th (Leicestershire)

Jan 1856 The 1st/17th arrived from England.

The 2nd Battalion The Royal Leicestershire Regiment

1919 2nd/Royal Leicestershire

1919 The 2nd battalion was kept in quarantine on troop ships.


  1. Edwards, T. J., 1980. Regimental Badges First Edition, Tonbridge, Kent: Ernest Benn Ltd.
  2. TNA:WO 156/113. Register of burials September 1853 to June 1862.