Regiments of the Malta Garrison The 19th (1st Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment
The 19th (1st Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment
The 19th (1st Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment was raised in November 1688 as Colonel Francis Luttrell's Regiment of Foot. It was numbered 19th Foot in 1751.
In 1782, the 19th Regiment of Foot became The 19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot.
In 1875, following the marriage in 1863 of Princess Alexandra of the Royal House of Denmark to Edward Prince of Wales, the regiment became The 19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding — Princess of Wales's Own) Regiment of Foot.
On 1 July 1881, the regimental name changed to The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment).
In 1902, it became The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own).
In 1920 The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own) became The Green Howards (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment).
The title Green Howards was officially recognised in 1920. The name was derived from Colonel Howard who commanded the 19th Foot. The regiment was called Howard's Greens from the colour of their regimental facings, which in time became the Green Howards.
26 Jan 1842 A detachment of 42 men, 2 women and 8 children arrived from England.
28 Mar Bachelor Sgt Schoolmaster Henry Sims married Ruth Buskell, spinster of the Parish of Great Allingham in the County of Norfolk, England.
2 May On the morning of 2 May, The 19th Foot marched from the Cottonera district to Fort Lower St Elmo Barracks. It was replaced by the 88th (Connaught Rangers) which moved to the Cottonera district.
6 May Two companies occupied Strada Torre Barracks Valletta which had been vacated by the Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.
22 Dec Between August and September, a private of the 19th Foot brutally assaulted a man of the Rifle Brigade, for which he was sentenced to a term imprisonment. On his release, he renewed his quarrel, and having enlisted some of his comrades, it became a party affair, which in mid-December, led to a fracas with the Rifle Brigade, when the 19th were routed. On 23 December, 150 men of the 19th turned out with their side arms, and were involved in a running fight with 150 soldiers of the Rifle Bde, from St James Cavalier to the bottom of Strada Mercanti. Several men were severely wounded, one so badly as to be considered in imminent danger. The 19th Foot were confined to their barracks but the animosity between them and Rifle Bde continued. The 19th stoned a picket of the Rifles and urged the 88th Regiment to join them, but the latter declined. The Governor and Garrison Commander Lt Gen Sir Henry Bouverie ordered a Court of Enquiry and placed a picket at Lower St Elmo under the command of a captain, which was to remain on duty till 23:00 hours. The tattoo was called at 20 hours instead of 20:30 hours, and the men of the 19th were confined to barracks from sun set from where they were forbidden to absent themselves with out a pass from the captain on duty.1
The following were baptised in 1842:
9 JanWilliam Reuben Kelly born on 31 December 1841, son of L/Sgt John Kelly and Eliza.
16 JanJane Speed born on 10 January 1842, daughter of Pte John Speed and Sarah.
6 FebThomas Green born on 28 January, son of Sgt William Green and Eliza.
29 MayAnne Wells born on 21 May, daughter of Sgt Richard Wells and Jane.
5 JuneJohn Carlisle O'Brien born on 15 May, son of CSgt Patrick O'Brien and Mary.
8 JuneIsabella Catherine Hamilton born on 8 May, daughter of Lt Col Thomas Talbot Hamilton and Jane.
12 JuneMary Wilson born on 5 June, daughter of Pte James Wilson and Catherine.
18 JulyEmma Simmonds born on 7 July, daughter of CSgt John Simmonds and Mary Anne.
7 AugSarah Makin born on 25 July, daughter of Pte James Makin and Mary.
4 SepEmma Lindenberg born on 27 August, daughter of Cpl Samuel Lindenberg and Jane.
23 OctAnna Darling born on 7 October, daughter of Pte William Darling and Eliza.
12 DecWilliam Patterson born on 25 November, son of Sgt John Patterson and Mary Ann.
8 Mar 1856 Burial in Malta of Cpl Edward Morrell 19th Regiment.
The 1st/Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
1 July 1881 The 1st Battalion 19th Regiment became The 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment).
1884 1st/The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
27 Feb 1884 The 1st/The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) embarked in Nova Scotia and disembarked in Malta on 17 March.
The 1st/Yorkshire Regiment had an average strength of 271 men. It had 470 admissions (1734.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (3.69 deaths/1000 mean strength). 21 invalids returned to England.
Its average constantly sick was 23.31 (86.01/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 31.48 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 18.15 days.
The PMO, Surgeon-General James Sinclair, remarked that the 1st/Yorkshire Regiment had a large number of admissions into hospital. The regiment only stayed in Malta a little over four months.
A private soldier was found dead in the square of Lower St Elmo Barracks following a fall from a window.
4 Aug 1884 The 1st/Yorkshire Regiment embarked for Egypt, arriving there on 8 August. It left Egypt for Cyprus on 1 February 1888.
The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)