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The 15th (Yorkshire East Riding)

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The 15th (Yorkshire East Riding) Regiment

Introduction

The 15th (Yorkshire East Riding) Regiment was raised in 1685 by King James II at the time of the Monmouth Rebellion.

In 1751 it was numbered The 15th Regiment of Foot. In 1782, York, East Riding was added to the regimental number.

In the army organisation of 1 July 1881, The 15th (York, East Riding) Regiment of Foot became The East Yorkshire Regiment

The secondary title The Duke of York's Own was conferred in 1935 to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V.

In 1958 The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own) amalgamated with The West Yorkshire Regiment to form The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire.

The 2nd/15th (York, East Riding) Regiment

1858 2nd/15th (York, East Riding)

1 Dec 1858 Strength: 35 Officers, 40 NCOs, 20 Buglers/Drummers, 584 rank and file, 679 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 4618 rank and file).

1859 2nd/15th (York, East Riding)

1 Feb 1859 Strength: 37 Officers, 45 NCOs, 20 Buglers/Drummers, 577 rank and file, 679 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 4771 rank and file).

1 Apr Strength: 39 Officers, 46 NCOs, 21 Buglers/Drummers, 574 rank and file, 680 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 5650 rank and file).

1 Aug Strength: 39 Officers, 44 NCOs, 20 Buglers/Drummers, 617 rank and file, 720 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 6897 rank and file).

1 Apr – 26 Aug Location: Fort Verdala
27 Aug – 25 Nov Location: Floriana Barracks
26 Nov – 31 Dec Location: Fort Manoel
1 Apr – 31 Dec The regiment had 156 cases of fever, one of which was intermittent fever. There were 5 deaths.

In 1859, the regiment had 245.1 admissions from fever per 1000 of mean strength with 9.08 deaths from fever per 1000 of mean strength.

1 Dec 1859 Strength: 39 Officers, 47 NCOs, 21 Buglers/Drummers, 743 rank and file, 850 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 7044 rank and file).

The following were buried in Rock Gate Cemetery in 1859 unless stated otherwise:

  • 29 Mar Pte Marshall Skevington 2nd/15th Regiment aged 20 years.
  • 9 Apr Catherine Fitzgerald aged 38 years wife of Sgt William Fitzgerald 15th Regiment.
  • 16 Apr William Pendleton aged 2 months, son of Pte William Pendleton 15th Regiment.
  • 20 June Philip Thomas aged 3 months 2 weeks, son of Sgt G Thomas 2nd/15th Regiment.
  • 1 July James Henry Thorpe aged 6 months, son of Sgt J Thorpe 2nd/15th Regiment.
  • 1 July John Johnson aged 1 year 5 months, son of Pte Aaron Johnson 2nd/15th Regiment.
  • 2 July Sgt John Hant aged 25 years.
  • 7 July Ensign Abraham A Fuller 3rd/15th Regiment aged 21 years at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 15 July Hugh Fairley son of QM Sgt John Fairley 2nd/21st Regiment, aged 10 months at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 15 July Armourer Sgt John Woolland 2nd/15th Regiment aged 26 years.
  • 19 July John James Seaman aged 5 months, son of Pte John Seaman 2nd/15th Regiment.
  • 25 July Catherine Moore aged 9 months, daughter of Pte S Moore 2nd/15th Regiment.
  • 31 July Pte Edward Lees aged 28 years 2nd/15th Regiment.
  • 21 Aug Sarah Jane Bowler aged 9 months, daughter of CSgt William Bowler.
  • 23 Aug Arthur Samuel Pearson aged 1 year 3 months, son of Sgt Frederick Pearson.
  • 24 Aug Pte Tipping Watson aged 24 years.
  • 11 Sep Pte James Cronshaw aged 25 years in Floriana Cemetery.
  • 23 Sep Pte William Flinty aged 20 years in Floriana Cemetery.
  • 1 Oct Henry Christie Proctor aged 14 days, son of Lt Henry Proctor 2nd/15th Regiment, at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 7 Oct Frederick Roberts aged 14 days, son of CSgt Frederick Roberts, in Floriana Cemetery.
  • 16 Oct William John Kenny aged 7 months, son of Paymaster Clerk Kenny, in Floriana Cemetery.
  • 17 Oct Pte George Robinson aged 19 years, in Floriana Cemetery.
  • 25 Oct Alfred F Cave aged 1 year 7 months, son of Sgt Maj Cave in Floriana Cemetery.
  • 22 Nov Mary Ann Holmes aged 2 months 2 weeks, daughter of Pte L Holmes in Floriana Cemetery.
  • 24 Nov Pte Michael Francis aged 18 years, in Floriana Cemetery.
  • 29 Nov Pte George Playmaker aged 19 years, in Floriana Cemetery.
  • 21 Dec Pte Edwin Meer aged 19 years in Floriana Cemetery.
  • 27 Dec Pte John Missen aged 17 years in Floriana Cemetery.

1860 2nd/15th (York, East Riding)

1 Jan 1860 Strength: 39 Officers, 47 NCOs, 21 Buglers/Drummers, 742 rank and file, 849 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 7018 rank and file).

1 June Strength: 39 Officers, 43 NCOs, 20 Buglers/Drummers, 818 rank and file, 920 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 6203 rank and file).

In 1860, the regiment had an average strength of 852 men, 577 hospital admissions (677 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 8 deaths in hospital and 1 death among the invalids (10.56 deaths per 1000 of mean strength). 96 soldiers were admitted (113/1000 strength) with continued fevers with 2 deaths (3.52/1000 strength).

The following were buried in Floriana Cemetery in 1860:

  • 11 Feb Pte George Lindley aged 30 years.
  • 10 May Cpl James Quigley aged 22 years.
  • 18 May Pte George Knowles aged 36 years.
  • 4 July George William Thorpe aged 6 years 6 months, son of CSgt William Thorpe.
  • 1 Aug Anne Oulihan aged 29 years, wife of Sgt B Oulihan.
  • 13 Aug William Daniel Oulihan aged 5 months, son of Sgt B Oulihan.
  • 19 Aug Emma Wardrope aged 25 years, wife of Sgt J Wardrope.
  • 19 Sep Pte James Lee aged 21 years.
  • 25 Sep Drm Ambrose Summer aged 18 years.
  • 29 Sep Pte George Bates aged 21 years.
  • 25 Oct John Henry Henderson aged 5 days.

1861 2nd/15th (York, East Riding)

In 1861, the regiment had an average strength of 857 men, 832 hospital admissions (971 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 1 deaths in hospital and 1 death out of hospital and 1 death among the invalids (3.50 deaths per 1000 of mean strength).

The following were buried in Floriana Cemetery in 1861 unless stated otherwise:

  • 30 Apr Pte Joseph Turvey aged 19 years.
  • 20 May Octavia Louisa May Collins aged 48 years, wife of Master Tailor Collins at Rock Gate Cemetery.
  • 4 Oct Isabella Gertland aged 1 year 1 month, daughter of LCpl Thomas Gortland at Rock Gate Cemetery.

1862 2nd/15th (York, East Riding)

In 1862, the regiment had an average strength of 844 men, 725 hospital admissions (859 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 9 deaths in hospital (10.66 deaths per 1000 of mean strength).

Aug 1862 Ophthalmia prevailed during the month with 278 admissions. To reduce overcrowding, tents for a 104 men were pitched in August for night use only. In the end of September all those with sore eyes were sent to Gozo to recuperate.

The following were buried at Rock Gate Cemetery in 1862 unless stated otherwise:

  • 5 Jan Pte Isaac Lovegrove aged 20 years in Floriana Cemetery.
  • 20 Jan John Hillier aged 29 days, son of Pte Isaac Hillier.
  • 26 Mar Emily Sarah Henderson aged 3 days, daughter of Sgt George Henderson.
  • 3 Apr Ada Allen aged 8 months, daughter of Band Master William Allen at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 12 May Denis Hillier aged 3 years, son of Pte Hillier.
  • 3 May Mary Anne Moore aged 9 months, daughter of Pte Samuel Moore.

1863 2nd/15th (York, East Riding)

5 Oct 1863 The regiment was at Pembroke Barracks.

In 1863, the regiment had an average strength of 610 men, 404 hospital admissions (662.3 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 6 deaths in hospital, 2 deaths out of hospital and 1 among the invalids (14.75 deaths per 1000 of mean strength).

The 2nd/15th (York, East Riding) embarked for Gibraltar. It was replaced at Malta by The 2nd/7th (Royal Fusiliers)

Bibliography

  • Farmer J. S., 1984. The regimental records of the British Army Reprint Edition, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Crecy Books.
  • Edwards T. J., 1980. Regimental Badges First Edition, Tonbridge, Kent: Ernest Benn Ltd.
  • TNA:WO 156/113. Register of burials September 1853 to June 1862.