Regiments of the Malta Garrison The Royal Garrison Regiment
The Royal Garrison Regiment
The Royal Garrison Regiment was formed in 1901 and consisted of five battalions. The regiment served as an infantry reserve for service during the second Boer War.
The 1st, 3rd and 4th Battalions arrived at Malta in 1901. In April 1904 the battalions from Malta left for South Africa to relief the regular units which returned to normal duties.
The 2nd Battalion was formed at Aldershot on 10 April 1901 and embarked on the Dilwara for Gibraltar on 15 May 1901. It left Gibraltar for Durban, South Africa on 11 April 1904. The 2nd Battalion returned on the Dunerato Southampton on 4 August 1905 and was disbanded on 15 September 1905.
The 5th Battalion Royal Garrison Regiment was raised at Aldershot on 1 March 1902. It embarked on the Aurania for Halifax, Nova Scotia on 20 September 1902. The battalion embarked of the Canada in Halifax Nova Scotia on 24 November 1905. it disembarked in Liverpool on 23/24 Nov 1904 and was disbanded on 31 December 1905.
The Royal Garrison Regiment was disbanded in 1908.
28 Sep 1901 The 3rd/Royal Garrison Regiment was formed at Warley Essex on 20 June 1901. It embarked for Malta on the Assaye at Southampton on 20 Sep 1901. It disembarked at Malta on 28 Sep 1901 and was quartered at Verdala Barracks and Lower St Elmo Barracks.
1903 The regiment was stationed at Mtarfa Barracks
22 Apr 1903 Pte O'Shea 3rd Royal Garrison Regiment was found guilty of murder but was also judged to be insane. He was transferred to Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum on board the SS Peria. The Lunatic Asylum at Malta had pronounced him not insane. O'Shea had claimed that his moment of insanity had been caused by the affects of a wound received on the battlefield and on certain surgical operation that he had underwent.
The following were buried in Malta in 1903:
4 Oct Pte Henry Charles Fay aged 39 yrs in Gozo Cemetery.
19 Oct L/Cpl Arthur Edward Atherly aged 33 yrs in Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 1, Row 2, Grave 11).
14 Nov Pte Alfred Edward Evans 3rd/RGR aged 36 years, died at Verdala and was buried in Rinella Military Cemetery
24 Nov Pte John Henry Taylor aged 34 yrs 6 mths in Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 2, Grave 12).
18 Dec 1901 The 4th/Royal Garrison Regiment was formed at Warley Essex on 1 Sep 1901. On 7 Dec 1901 "B" Coy, "C" Coy and "D" Coy embarked at Birkenhead from Aldershot on the SS Assyria. Half of the battalion arrived at Malta on 18 Dec 1901.