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The 41st (Welch) Regiment

Introduction

The 41st Foot was raised in 1719 from invalids and out-pensioners. In 1741 it was known as the Royal Invalids.

In 1751 the Royal Invalids was numbered 41st in the infantry order of precedence. In 1787 it lost its title of Royal Invalids and became a Regiment of Foot. In 1831 it was given a territorial affiliation, becoming the 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot.

On 3 August 1843, the 41st was granted permission to bear the honour Candahar 1842, in commemoration of the action fought by the regiment in the cantonments at Kandahar Afghanistan on 29 May 1842.

On 1 July 1881, the 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot amalgamated with the 69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot to form The Welsh Regiment. The revised spelling of Welch was adopted in 1920.

In June 1969 the Welch Regiment (41st/69th Foot), linked with the South Wales Borderers (24th Foot) to form The Royal Regiment of Wales (24th/41st Foot).

The 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot

1853 1st/41st (Welch)

28 Feb 1853 The 1st/41st (Welch) Regiment arrived at Malta from Corfu. 585 men disembarked on 1 Mar 1853.

13 Oct HQ company moved from Fort Manoel to Floriana Barracks. The rest of the regiment marched from Fort Tigne and Fort Ricasoli to Floriana Barracks.

The following were buried in 1853:

1854 1st/41st (Welch)

1854 585 men were at Fort Manoel and Floriana Barracks.

Apr The 1st/41st (Welch) Regiment left for Turkey on the declaration of war against Russia.

Nov 1854 In November 1854, the regiment had 18 officers and 678 men serving in the Crimea. 100 recruits joined the regiment on 18 November 1854.

Bowel complaints prevailed among them. Its high incidence was ascribed by the surgeon to the cold and wet weather.

The following were buried in 1854:

1855 1st/41st (Welch)

The following were buried in 1855:

1856 1st/41st (Welch)

The regiment was in the Crimea (1854-56). It gained battle honours for the Alma, Inkerman and Sevastopol.

27 Mar 1856 In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta Bachelor CSgt James Gill born in Clayhidon, Devon, son of William and Isabella Gill married Mary Ann Fitzell spinster daughter of Adam and Grace Fitzell, born in Ireland.

The Welsh Regiment

1 July 1881 The 41st Regiment became The 1st Battalion The Welsh Regiment.

1889 1st/Welsh

24 Aug 1889 The 1st/The Welsh Regiment embarked in Egypt. The men disembarked in Malta on 29 August and marched into Isola Gate Barracks and Polverista Gate Barracks.

It had an average strength of 262 men. It had 159 admissions (606.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (3.82/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 8.45 (32.25/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 11.77 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 19.40 days.

1890 1st/Welsh

The 1st/Welsh Regiment had an average strength of 920 men. It had 545 admissions (592.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 7 deaths (7.61/1000 mean strength). 12 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 29.09 (31.63/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 11.54 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 19.48 days.

The 1st/Welsh Regiment was quartered at Isola Gate Cottonera for 11 1/2 months with detachments at Citta Vecchia and Valletta for 2 weeks and Pembroke Camp for 12 months.

The following were buried in Rinella Military Cemetery in 1890:

1891 1st/Welsh

The 1st/Welsh Regiment had an average strength of 939 men. It had 649 admissions (691.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (2.13/1000 mean strength). 16 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 44.28 (47.16/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.21 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.90 days.

The 1st/Welsh Regiment was quartered at Floriana and Citta Vecchia for 12 months.

1892 1st/Welsh

The 1st/Welsh Regiment had an average strength of 870 men. It had 783 admissions (900/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 5 deaths (5.75/1000 mean strength). 24 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 45.08 (54.82/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.36 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.07 days.

The 1st/Welsh Regiment was quartered at Floriana and Notre Dame Barracks for 12 months. It had detachments at Citta Vecchia and Marsamxetto Barracks for 7 months.

1893 1st/Welsh

The 1st/Welsh Regiment had an average strength of 461 men. It had 376 admissions (815.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (4.34/1000 mean strength). 15 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 25.02 (54.27/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 19.81 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.29 days.

The 1st/Welsh Regiment was quartered at Floriana and Notre Dame Barracks for 10 months. It embarked for Pembroke England on 13 Nov 1893.

26 Apr William Gough aged 20 years, died at Cottonera and was buried in Rinella Military Cemetery.

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