Regiments
Of the Malta Garrison
The 15th
(York, East Riding) Regiment

The 15th (York, East Riding) Regiment

The 15th (Yorkshire East Riding) Regiment was the last regiment to be raised in 1685 for King James II at the time of the Monmouth Rebellion. It was raised in and about Nottinghamshire under the colonelcy of Sir William Clifton.

In 1751, it was numbered The 15th Regiment of Foot, The Yorkshire East Riding being added in 1782. The regiment fought with General Wolfe at the capture of Louisburg in 1758 and under his command at Quebec the following year.

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 badge is an eight-pointed Star with the White Yorkist Rose in its centre.

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

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

25 Nov 1858 The 2nd/15th (York, East Riding) embarked for Malta.

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).

Baptisms in 1858:

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

1 Jan 1859 Strength: 35 Officers, 39 NCOs, 20 Buglers/Drummers, 584 rank and file, 678 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 4,537 rank and file).

1 Jun Strength: 39 Officers, 46 NCOs, 20 Buglers/Drummers, 614 rank and file, 719 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 6,937 rank and file).

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 7,044 rank and file).

Baptisms in 1859:

rockgate
Fortifications of the Cottonera showing Rock Gate leading from Zabbar Gate between Windmill Bastion and Firenzuola Bastion (TNA:MPH 1/889).

Burials in Rock Gate Cemetery in 1859:

Burials in Ta' Braxia Cemetery in 1859:

Burials in Floriana Cemetery in 1859:

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

Admissions and Deaths during 1860
Average Strength Admissions Hospital Deaths Admissions/1000 Deaths/1000
852 577 9 677 10.56
Admissions into hospital and deaths during the year with ratio of admissions and deaths per 1000 of strength. The average strength of the troops, exclusive of the Royal Malta Fencibles, was 5,950 men.
msida bastion
Msida Bastion Cemetery Floriana (TNA:MFQ 1/220).

1 Jan 1860 Strength: 39 Officers, 47 NCOs, 21 Buglers/Drummers, 742 rank and file, 849 total all ranks.

In 1860, 96 soldiers were admitted with continued fevers with 2 deaths.

Burials in Floriana Cemetery in 1860:

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).

Burials in 1861:

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

George Fielding
Lt George A Fielding aged 25 yrs died at St Lucian Tower on 7 August 1862 from typhoid. (Ta' Braxia Cemetery)

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.

Burials in 1862:

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

zabbar gate graffiti
Graffiti on Notre Dame Gate Vittoriosa showing H S L Wilson 15th Regiment January 1863.

The 2nd/15th (York, East Riding) was at Pembroke Barracks.

It 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).

5 Oct The 2nd/15th (York, East Riding) embarked for Gibraltar.

It was replaced in Malta by The 2nd/7th (Royal Fusiliers)

1915 – 6th/East Yorkshire Regiment (Pioneers)

The 6th/East Yorkshire Regiment (Pioneers) landed at Suvla Bay on 7 August 1915.

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1915:

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