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19th (1st Yorkshire North Riding)

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The 19th (1st Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment

The cipher A of Queen Alexandra with Alexandra inscribed on the cross-bar of the cipher, and the Dannebrog combined with the cipher and inscribed 1875 on the cross. At the base of the cipher is a tablet bearing Yorkshire, and below this is a scroll, with the White Rose of York in its centre, inscribed The Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire 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 19th (1st Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment

1840 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

4–13 Oct 1840 600 men, 55 women and 66 children of the 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment arrived from Cork to reinforce the garrison. They had left Cork on 12 September.

The following was baptized in Malta in 1840:

  1. 30 Nov Elizabeth Wilkinson born on 18 November 1840, daughter of Cpl Anthony Wilkinson and Ellen.

1841 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

Malta 25 Jan 1841 Death of Captain Stirling 19th Foot.

Malta Feb 1841 In February a number of troops were affected with partial ophthalmia.

The following married in Malta in 1841:

  1. 16 Oct Bachelor Drm Major William Holt to Hannah Bates, spinster.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1841:

  1. 22 Feb Thomas Thompson born on 14 February 1841, son of Pte Thomas Thompson and Mary.
  2. 25 Apr George Wheeler born on 15 April 1841, son of CSgt George Wheeler and Eliza.
  3. 26 Apr Samuel William Hollingsworth born on 12 April 1841, son of Sgt James Hollingsworth and Mary.
  4. 6 June William Attley born on 13 May 1841, son of Pte Hiram Attley and Hannorah.
  5. 26 July Talbot Hamilton born on 11 February 1841, son of Lt Col Thomas Talbot Hamilton and Jane.
  6. 8 Aug Richard Henry Dillon born on 26 July 1841, son of Cpl Martin Dillon and Mary.
  7. 6 Sept Thomas Henry Burrell born on 30 August 1841, son of Pte James Burrell and Anne.
  8. 26 Sept Charles Pebody born on 11 September 1841, son of Sgt Major Richard Pebody and Marian.
  9. 10 Oct Louisa Whitley born on 25 September 1841, daughter of Sgt John Whitley and Catharine.
  10. 17 Oct Mary Cobay born on 6 October 1841, daughter of Cpl George Cobay and Hannah.
  11. 31 Oct Benjamin James Butler Stoney born on 2 October 1841, son of Lt Henry Butler Stoney and Frances Sarah.
  12. 14 Nov Charles Braine born on 1 November 1841, son of L/Sgt William Braine and Sarah Helen.
  13. 14 Nov James Clifford born on 7 November 1841, son of Pte George Clifford and Ellen.
  14. 15 Nov Emma Elizabeth Potts born on 20 October 1841, daughter of Brevet Major and Captain Charles Highmore Potts and Gertruida Maria.
  15. 5 Dec Mary Jane Eden born on 18 November 1841, daughter of Hospital Sgt Francis Eden and Ellen.
  16. 19 Dec Henrietta Dodd born on 13 December 1841, daughter of Pte George Dodd and Margaret.

1842 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

Strada Torre Barracks adjacent to St James Cavalier (TNA:MPH 1/192)

Malta 26 Jan 1842 A detachment of 42 men, 2 women and 8 children arrived from England.

Malta 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.

Malta 6 May Two companies occupied Strada Torre Barracks Valletta which had been vacated by the Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

Malta 22 Dec 1842 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 married in Malta in 1842:

  1. 28 Mar Bachelor Sgt Schoolmaster Henry Sims to Ruth Buskell, spinster of the Parish of Great Allingham in the County of Norfolk, England.

The following were baptized in Malta in 1842:

  1. 9 Jan William Reuben Kelly born on 31 December 1841, son of L/Sgt John Kelly and Eliza.
  2. 16 Jan Jane Speed born on 10 January 1842, daughter of Pte John Speed and Sarah.
  3. 6 Feb Thomas Green born on 28 January 1842, son of Sgt William Green and Eliza.
  4. 29 May Anne Wells born on 21 May 1842, daughter of Sgt Richard Wells and Jane.
  5. 5 June John Carlisle O'Brien born on 15 May 1842, son of CSgt Patrick O'Brien and Mary.
  6. 8 June Isabella Catherine Hamilton born on 8 May 1842, daughter of Lt Col Thomas Talbot Hamilton and Jane.
  7. 12 June Mary Wilson born on 5 June 1842, daughter of Pte James Wilson and Catherine.
  8. 18 July Emma Simmonds born on 7 July 1842, daughter of CSgt John Simmonds and Mary Anne.
  9. 7 Aug Sarah Makin born on 25 July 1842, daughter of Pte James Makin and Mary.
  10. 4 Sept Emma Lindenberg born on 27 August 1842, daughter of Cpl Samuel Lindenberg and Jane.
  11. 23 Oct Anna Darling born on 7 October 1842, daughter of Pte William Darling and Eliza.
  12. 12 Dec William Patterson born on 25 November 1842, son of Sgt John Patterson and Mary Ann.

12 Aug 1842 Strength 607 men.

1843 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

Malta 9 Jan 1843 599 men, 85 women and 115 children, embarked for the Ionian Islands to relieve 1st/42nd Foot. Six companies of the 19th Regiment arrived in Cephalonia on 30 January 1843.

The following was baptized in Malta in 1843:

  1. 1 Jan Martha Jane Hollingsworth born on 19 December 1842, daughter of Sgt James Hollingsworth and Mary.

19th Regiment

1854 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

The following was buried at Malta in 1854:

  1. 23 Dec Pte Amos Smith 19th Regiment, of the Expeditionary Force deployed in the Crimea.

1855 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

The following was buried at Malta in 1855:

  1. 2 Nov Pte James Heard aged 24 years.

1856 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

The following was buried at Malta in 1856:

  1. 8 Mar Cpl Edward Morrell 19th Regiment.

The 1st/Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

TNA:WO 379/11 Movements of 19th Regt. (Courtesy Mr R Sellstrom BEM)

1884 1st/The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

The 1st/The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) embarked at Nova Scotia on 27 Feb 1884. It disembarked at Malta on 14 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.

The 1st/Yorkshire Regiment embarked for Egypt on 4 Aug 1884. It arrived in Egypt on 8 August.

The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)

Green Howards
The cipher A of Queen Alexandra thereon the Dannebrog inscribed 1875 surmounted by a crown, below, a scroll inscribed The Green Howards.
Stanley Wilson
4342403 Pte Stanley Wilson HQ Coy died 6 May 1938 aged 23 yrs (Pembroke Cemetery)

1937 1st/Green Howards

Dec 1937 The 1st/Green Howards arrived at Malta on a short tour of foreign service.

The title Green Howards was officially recognised in 1920. The name is 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.

Malta 31 Dec 1937 Strength: 374 rank and file.

1938 1st/Green Howards

Malta 30 June 1938 Strength: 433 rank and file.


  1. Farmer J. S., 1984. The regimental records of the British Army Reprint Edition, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Crecy Books.
  2. Edwards T. J., 1980. Regimental Badges First Edition, Tonbridge, Kent: Ernest Benn Ltd.
  3. Wickes, H. L., 1974. Regiments of Foot Southampton: Osprey Ltd.
  4. TNA:WO 379/11. Stations of Regiments 1859–1900.
  5. The Malta Times or Broad Sheet of the Mediterranean, 5 September 1840; Issue No 31.
  6. 1The Malta Times, 23 December 1842; Issue No 25.
  7. TNA:WO 156/113. Register of burials September 1853 to June 1862.
  8. TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Marriage Register 11 July 1839 to 14 May 1859.
  9. TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Baptism Register from 14 July 1839 to 25 December 1859.