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The 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment

Introduction

The 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot was raised in 1689 by William III from the troops who had defended Enniskillen when it was besieged by King James.

In 1747 it was granted the numeral 27; in 1751 it became the 27th (Enniskilling) Regiment. The spelling changed from Enniskillen to Inniskilling in 1840. In 1799, the 27th (Enniskilling) was in Holland as part of Sir Ralph Abercrombie's army.

In April 1836, the 27th was granted permission to bear on its Colours the words St Lucia in commemoration of the assault upon Fort Morne Fortune which led to the surrender of the Island of St Lucia on 26 May 1796.

On 1 July 1881, the 27th linked with The 108th (Madras Infantry) Regiment to become the 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. The 108th became the Second Battalion.

On 1 July 1968, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers merged with the Royal Ulster Rifles and the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's) to form The Royal Irish Rangers.

The 1st/27th (Inniskilling) Regiment

1800 1st/27th (Enniskilling)

Nov 1800 The 1st/27th arrived at Malta as part of Abercrombie's Expedition to Egypt. The large number of sick soldiers in its ranks prevented it from deploying to Egypt on 20 Dec 1800. The regiment had 406 sick soldiers out of a strength of 746 men.

1801 1st/27th (Enniskilling) (Clarina's Regiment)

1 Jan 1801 Strength: 38 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 65 NCOs, 340 rank and file fit for duty, 406 rank and file sick, 858 total officers and men, 912 establishment.

9 May The 1st/27th arrived in Egypt to reinforce the troops under the command of Lieut Gen Sir J. Hely Hutchinson. It formed part of 3rd Brigade under Maj Gen Earl Cavan.

9 Oct The 1st/27th returned to Malta from Egypt.

1 Nov 1801 Strength: 33 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 65 NCOs, 483 rank and file fit for duty, 186 rank and file sick, 781 total officers and men, 912 establishment.

1802 1st/27th (Enniskilling) (Clarina's Regiment)

1 Jan 1802 Strength: 36 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 65 NCOs, 523 rank and file fit for duty, 115 rank and file sick, 750 total officers and men, 912 establishment.

1 Mar Strength: 33 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 65 NCOs, 472 rank and file fit for duty, 146 rank and file sick, 730 total officers and men, 912 establishment.

17 Mar The day being St Patrick's day all the Irish Regiments were excused from mounting Guard. As the men had permission to get as drunk as they pleased, symptoms of insobriety became evident among the 27th and Ancient Irish at a very early hour.

1 May Strength: 29 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 56 NCOs, 523 rank and file fit for duty, 91 rank and file sick, 706 total officers and men, 842 establishment.

1 Aug Strength: 29 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 56 NCOs, 546 rank and file fit for duty, 61 rank and file sick, 699 total officers and men, 842 establishment.

A General Court Martial was held on a subaltern officer of the 27th Regiment in consequence of a dispute between himself and an officer of the 13th Regiment.

1 Nov 1802 Strength: 29 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 56 NCOs, 552 rank and file fit for duty, 53 rank and file sick, 698 total officers and men, 843 establishment.

1803 1st/27th (Enniskilling)

24 May 1803 Strength: 1096 men (1st and 2nd Battalions).

1804 1st/27th (Enniskilling) (Moira's Regiment)

1 Sep 1804 Strength: 36 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 56 NCOs, 1066 rank and file fit for duty, 129 rank and file sick, 1298 total officers and men, 853 establishment.

1805 1st/27th (Enniskilling) (Moira's Regiment)

1 July 1805 Strength: 33 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 56 NCOs, 1070 rank and file fit for duty, 81 rank and file sick, 1254 total officers and men, 853 establishment.

1 Aug Strength: 38 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 56 NCOs, 1082 rank and file fit for duty, 99 rank and file sick, 1284 total officers and men, 853 establishment.

3 Nov 1805 The 1st/27th embarked on Sir James Craig's Expedition to Naples.

The 1st/27th (Inniskilling) Regiment

1876 1st/27th (Inniskilling)

30 Nov 1876 The 1st/27th (Inniskilling) embarked in Belfast on 17 November and arrived in Malta on 30 November 1876.

The 27th Regiment had an average strength of 57 men. It had 104 admissions (1824.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (35 deaths/1000 mean strength).

1877 1st/27th (Inniskilling)

The 27th Foot had an average strength of 755 men. It had 868 admissions (1149.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (5.3/1000 mean strength).

It had 11 invalids returned to England. Its average daily sick was 41.37 (54.8/1000 mean strength).

The average sick time to each soldier was 19.20 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.38 days.

1878 1st/27th (Inniskilling)

The 27th Foot had an average strength of 802 men. It had 695 admissions (866.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 6 deaths (7.48 deaths/1000 mean strength). 48 invalids were returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 36.61 (45.65/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.66 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 19.23 days.

The 27th Foot was ordered to Hong Kong in Dec 1878.

1879 1st/27th (Inniskilling)

The 27th Regiment had an average strength of 28 men. It had 10 admissions into hospital with no deaths.

13 Jan 1879 The 1st/27th (Inniskilling) embarked for China where it arrived on 25 February 1879.

1 July 1881 The 1st/27th (Inniskilling) became The 1st/ The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

The 1st/Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

1908 1st/Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

28 Feb 1908 The 1st/Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers arrived from Crete on the Sicilia.

3 Apr 1908 Burial of L/Cpl Frederick Dewart Foster aged 21 yrs at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 4, Grave 4).

1909 1st/Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

24 Sep 1909 The 1st Battalion embarked for Ching-Wang-Tao on the Soudan. It arrived in China on 2 November 1909 and left for Madras on 6 November 1912.

The 2nd/The 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment

1800 2nd/27th (Enniskilling)

1800 Strength: 246 men (137 sick).

1801 2nd/27th (Enniskilling) (French's Regiment)

1 Jan 1801 Strength 3 Companies: 11 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 18 NCOs, 109 rank and file fit for duty, 137 rank and file sick, 276 total officers and men, 273 establishment.

Feb The 2nd Battalion left Malta to reinforce the army in Egypt.

9 Oct the 2nd/27th Regiment returned to Malta from Egypt. It was quartered in Valletta.

1 Nov 1801 Strength: 34 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 65 NCOs, 459 rank and file fit for duty, 158 rank and file sick, 729 total officers and men, 912 establishment.

1802 2nd/27th (Enniskilling) (French's Regiment)

1 Jan 1802 Strength: 33 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 65 NCOs, 480 rank and file fit for duty, 146 rank and file sick, 738 total officers and men, 912 establishment.

1 Mar Strength: 32 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 65 NCOs, 493 rank and file fit for duty, 122 rank and file sick, 727 total officers and men, 712 establishment.

1 May Strength: 28 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 56 NCOs, 475 rank and file fit for duty, 138 rank and file sick, 705 total officers and men, 842 establishment.

1 Aug Strength: 28 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 56 NCOs, 476 rank and file fit for duty, 134 rank and file sick, 702 total officers and men, 842 establishment.

Sep 1802 The 2nd Battalion disbanded as part of the peace dividend envisaged by the Treaty of Amiens.

1803 2nd/27th (Enniskilling)

Detachment The 2nd/The 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment

1807 2nd/27th (Enniskilling) (Moira's Regiment)

Apr 1807 The 2nd Battalion arrived in April. Fortescue states that the effect of the mutiny of Count Froberg Levy was a loss of one entire corps of the Mediterranean garrison, which obliged General Fox to weaken his Force in Sicily by sending the 2nd/27th Foot to restore confidence in Malta.

1 July Strength: 32 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 76 NCOs, 661 rank and file fit for duty, 82 rank and file sick, 869 total officers and men, 1126 establishment.

1 Oct Strength: 26 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 76 NCOs, 525 rank and file fit for duty, 56 rank and file sick, 707 total officers and men, 1126 establishment.

1 Nov 1807 Strength: 20 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 76 NCOs, 511 rank and file fit for duty, 36 rank and file sick, 673 total officers and men, 1126 establishment.

1808 2nd/27th (Enniskilling) (Moira's Regiment)

1 Feb 1808 Strength: 32 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 55 NCOs, 608 rank and file fit for duty, 36 rank and file sick, 673 total officers and men, 1126 establishment.

1 Aug Strength 8 Coys: 32 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 55 NCOs, 608 rank and file fit for duty, 39 rank and file sick, 737 total officers and men, 1126 establishment.

1 Sep Strength 8 Coys: 33 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 53 NCOs, 601 rank and file fit for duty, 47 rank and file sick, 734 total officers and men.

1 Dec 1808 Strength 8 Coys: 32 Commissioned and Warrant Officers, 54 NCOs, 608 rank and file fit for duty, 42 rank and file sick, 751 total officers and men.

1809 2nd/27th (Enniskilling)

May 1809 Left Malta for Sicily to form part of Stuart's Expedition to Ischia and Procida.

Detachment The 2nd/The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

1886 2nd/Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

1 July 1881 The 108th Regiment became the 2nd Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

8 Jan 1886 The 2nd Battalion arrived from Curragh. It embarked at Queenstown on 31 Dec 1885. The battalion formed part of the garrison for the first four months of the year.

The 2nd/Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers had been stationed in Cottonera for 4 months.

It had an average strength of 221 men. It had 201 admissions (909.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (9.04/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 8.98 (40.63/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.83 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 16.30 days.

5 May 1886 The 2nd/Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers embarked for Aldershot. It disembarked at Portsmouth on 14 May 1886.

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