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The Royal Warwickshire Regiment (6th)

Introduction

The Royal Warwickshire Regiment was raised in 1673 as part of British troops for Dutch service against France. It was taken on the English establishment in 1688.

In 1743, it was numbered the 6th Regiment of Foot, to which 1st Warwickshire was added in 1782.

On 4 June 1827, royal approval was granted for the 6th to bear on its Colours the words Rolica, Vimeira, Corunna, Vitoria, and Nivelle, in commemoration of its distinguished conduct at the battle of Rolica (17 Aug 1808), at Vimeira (21 Aug 1808), at Corunna (16 Jan 1809), at Vitoria (21 June 1813) and at Nivelle (10 Nov 1813).

On 15 June 1832, the 6th Foot became a Royal Regiment and its facings were accordingly changed from orange to blue.

On 1 July 1881, the 6th (Royal 1st Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot became the The 1st Battalion The Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

In 1963, the regimental title changed to The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers. In April 1968, the regiment merged with the 5th (The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers), the 20th Lancashire Fusiliers, and the 7th (The Royal Fusiliers – City of London) to form The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

The 1st/The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

1895 1st/Royal Warwickshire

5 Nov 1895 The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment embarked at Southampton from Chatham. It disembarked at Malta on 14 November.

It had an average strength of 69 men with 52 admissions (753.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital.

Its average constantly sick was 2.50 (36.23/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.22 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.55 days.

The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment was quartered at Fort Chambray Gozo and Pembroke Camp for 6 weeks.

1896 1st/Royal Warwickshire

The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment had an average strength of 868 men. It had 812 admissions (935.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (4.61/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 38.60 (44.47/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.28 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.40 days.

The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment was quartered at Fort Chambray Gozo for 12 months. It had detachments at Pembroke Camp.

21 Feb 1896 Death of Captain Carey at Pembroke Camp from enteric fever; Private Lucas died mid February also of enteric fever. In March, the Earl of Buckinghamshire asked the Secretary of State for War whether any inquiry had been instituted into the sanitary arrangements at Pembroke Camp. He also wished to know the amount of money which had been spent there on sanitary arrangements since the last outbreak of enteric fever, and the cause of death of Captain Carey and Private Lucas.

The Earl remarked that he had received information that Pembroke Camp was in a shockingly insanitary condition. In consequence of deaths from enteric fever some time since, the drains had been opened and examined, and though they were found to be in a very foul condition and dangerous to the health of the troops, no prompt remedial measures were taken. Thus, the troops of the two regiments stationed at the camp had been obliged to turn out into the parade ground because of the insanitary condition of the barracks. He hoped the Secretary for War would be able to assure the House that the matter would be immediately attended to, and that the report of the joint civil and military committee as to the condition of the camp in question at Malta would be acted upon.

The Marquis of Lansdowne replied that the last inquiry into the sanitary condition of Pembroke Camp, Malta, had been held by a joint civil and military committee early in 1894. This inquiry revealed grave defects in the sanitary arrangements of Pembroke Camp, the chief points requiring attention being the water supply, which was shown to be polluted, and the drainage, which required complete renovation. Suspicion had been also cast on the supply of mineral waters and milk by hawkers to the soldiers, and the attention of the General Officer Commanding had been called to this point.

Consequently, the polluted water supply had been cut off, and none but aqueduct water was now used. The question of renovating the drainage of the camp had proved a more difficult one, as a complete scheme for remodelling the drainage of the whole island had been under consideration, and a thorough reconstruction of the sewers of the camp could only be undertaken in connection with it. Much had, however, been done to improve the sanitation. The remodelling of the drainage of the upper half of the camp had been sanctioned in May last, and considerable progress had been made with the work.

As to the second part of the question, he was afraid he could not say what amount had been spent on the drainage since the last outbreak of enteric fever, which he regretted to say occurred only a month or two ago, Captain Carey dying on Feb21st and Private Lucas about the same time. During 1895, a very considerable sum had been devoted to the partial remodelling to which he had already referred. As, however, this had been done in connection with the reconstruction of a part of the barracks and the specific expenditure on drainage had not been earmarked, he was afraid he could not state its exact amount.

1897 1st/Royal Warwickshire

The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment had an average strength of 63 men. It had 34 admissions (539.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (15.87/1000 mean strength). 6 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 2.86 (45.40/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.57 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 30.70 days.

In January 1897, The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment was quartered at Pembroke Camp for 20 days.

21 Jan 1897 The 1st/Royal Warwickshire Regiment embarked for Egypt, arriving there on 24 Jan 1897. It embarked for Bombay from Egypt on 18 Oct 1898.

The 2nd/The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

1912 2nd/Royal Warwickshire

22 Nov 1912 The 2nd/Royal Warwickshire Regiment embarked on the Dongola in Southampton from Portland Barracks Dorset. It disembarked in Malta on 29 Nov 1912.

1913 2nd/Royal Warwickshire

The following were baptised in the Zejtun Gate Church Room in 1913:

1914 2nd/Royal Warwickshire

7 Mar 1914 Frederick Edwin Sydney son of Edwina Beatrice and Cpl Frederick George Girling of Imtarfa Barracks, was baptised at the Imtarfa Church Room.

29 July 1914 Mobilisation Order received at midnight. By 01:00 hrs 30 July all depôts were opened and stores and equipment were prepared for issue. All units in Malta had draw their ammunition by midnight 30 July other than the Army Pay Corps.

24 Aug Ordnance Stores Malta started packing mobilisation equipment for the regiment.

29 Aug The 2nd Bn drew its mobilisation equipment from Ordnance Stores Malta.

3 Sep 1914 The 2nd/Royal Warwickshire embarked for England on H. T. Ultonia to fight in the Great War.

The 3rd/The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

1898 3rd/Royal Warwickshire

1 July 1898 The 3rd/Royal Warwickshire Regiment was formed in Chatham on 1 April 1898. It moved from Chatham to Gravesend, Kent on 26 April 1898 and embarked for Malta on 1 July. It arrived in Malta on 12 July 1898.

the battalion had an average strength of 330 men with 575 admissions (1742.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 2 deaths (6.06/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 22.93 (69.18/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 25.36 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 14.56 days.

The 3rd/Royal Warwickshire Regiment was quartered at Verdala Barracks for 5 months.

The following were baptised in Malta in 1898:

The following were buried in Rinella Military Cemetery in 1898:

1899 3rd/Royal Warwickshire

1 June 1899 Strength: 920 men located at Verdala Barracks. The battalion moved into Mellieha Camp in July 1899.
1 Dec Strength: 969 men located at Floriana Barracks.

The following were baptised in Malta in 1899:

The following were buried in Rinella Military Cemetery in 1899:

1900 3rd/Royal Warwickshire

1 Jan 1900 Strength: 939 men located at Floriana Barracks.

1 July Strength: 855 men.

The following was baptised in Malta in 1900:

The following was buried in Malta in 1900:

1901 3rd/Royal Warwickshire

1901 Strength: 834 men located at St George's Barracks Pembroke.

1902 3rd/Royal Warwickshire

25 Feb 1902 Burial of Pte William Burnell aged 30 yrs, at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 1, Grave 13). Burnell was found drowned at St Paul's Bay.

28 Oct 1902 The 3rd/Royal Warwickshire embarked on the Staffordshire for Bermuda, where it arrived on 15 Nov 1902. It was disbanded at Bordon on 30 April 1907.

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