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47th (Lancashire) Regiment

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The 47th (Lancashire) Regiment


The 47th Foot was raised in 1741, as Colonel John Mordaunt's Regiment of Foot.

In 1751, it was numbered 47 in the army's order of precedence. It received its affiliation to Lancashire in 1782.

In 1881, the 47th (Lancashire) Regiment amalgamated with the 81st (Loyal Lincoln Volunteers) Regiment to become the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

In 1920, the regimental title changed to The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire).

The 1st/47th (Lancashire) Regiment

1837 1st/47th (Lancashire)

22 Feb 1837 A detachment of 219 men 1st/47th arrived from Gibraltar.

8 Mar Another 260 men arrived from Gibraltar.

9 June–11 Oct A Cholera epidemic broke out in Malta. Between 17 June and 18 July 1837 the regiment had 65 ill soldiers with 16 deaths (1 officer, 9 males, 5 females, 1 child).

The following were married in 1837:

The following were baptised in 1837:

1838 1st/47th (Lancashire)

The following were married in 1838:

The following were baptised in 1838:

1839 1st/47th (Lancashire)

The following married in 1839:

The following were baptised in 1839:

The 1st/47th (Lancashire) Regiment

1840 1st/47th (Lancashire)

28 Mar 1840 A detachment of 145 men 1st/47th (Lancashire) Regiment arrived from England on the transport Palmyra.

The following married in 1840:

The following were baptised in 1840:

1841 1st/47th (Lancashire)

13 Jan 1841 Death of Captain (Paymaster) Clarke 47th Foot from a rupture of a blood vessel in his lungs. Captain Clarke had served for 41 years, seven years in the Lancashire Militia and thirty-four years in the 47th Regiment. He was in his 63rd year. He entered the army as an ensign in the 1st/47th Foot on 12 August 1807. He was promoted Lieutenant on 5 Nov 1807. From 1809 to 1812, Capt Clarke was employed in recruiting. In 1812, he was transferred to the second battalion, but re-transferred to the first battalion in 1813. He joined his corps in the East Indies where he served with it during the various campaigns of 1817-1818, and afterwards in the Burmese War of 1824-1825. On 19 March 1824, he was promoted to a company. On 27 Sept 1830, Captain Clarke became paymaster following the death of Paymaster Milton at Calcutta in 1826. On 23 Sept 1834, Captain (Paymaster) Clarke embarked with the 47th at India for Gibraltar and subsequently move with the regiment to Malta.

11 Feb 606 men, 41 women and 88 children sailed for the West Indies to relieve the 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot.1 Six companies of the 47th arrived in Barbados on 5 Apr 1841.

The following were baptised in 1841:

8 Feb 1841 Death of QM Michael Nagle 47th Foot.

The 1st/47th (Lancashire) Regiment

1853 1st/47th (Lancashire)

2 Apr 1853 The 1st/47th (Lancashire) Regiment arrived from Corfu.

The 47th Foot moved from Isola Gate, St Francesco de Paolo and Inquisitor's Palace to the recently constructed Fort Verdala. It was the first infantry regiment to occupy Fort Verdala.

The following were buried in 1853:

12 Dec 1853 In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta Bachelor Sgt John Wood born at Stonehouse Plymouth, son of Jonathan and Mary Wood, residing in Malta, married Anna Maria Giddens, born at Woolwich Kent, spinster and minor, with the consent of her guardian and step father John Purcell, daughter of Samuel and Mary Giddens (now Mary Purcell).

1854 1st/47th (Lancashire)

8 Mar 1854 Burial of Pte David Madill aged 23 years.

11 Apr 845 men and 6 women embarked on board the Apollo for Turkey.

Nov 1854 In November, the regiment had 29 officers and 945 men serving in the Crimea. Diarrhoea was common among the men and was blamed by the surgeon on the inclement weather, exposure to the cold, and hard duty. Cholera broke out among the recently arrived recruits; there were five deaths from cholera, two from gunshot wounds and two from diarrhoea.

1855 1st/47th (Lancashire)

The 47th fought in the Crimean War (1854-56). It was present at Alma (1854) Inkerman (1854) and Sevastopol (1854-55).

The following were buried in 1855:

1856 1st/47th (Lancashire)

2 June 1856 The 1st/47th returned from the Crimea.

7 Aug In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta Bachelor CSgt Richard Lethbridge Yeabsley born in Yealmpton, Devonshire, son of Nathaniel and Ann Yeabsley married Charlotte Hickie, spinster daughter of Steward Henry Hickie Medical Staff Corps and of Eliza his wife.

1857 1st/47th (Lancashire)

27 Feb 1857 Burial of Edward Downey aged 8 years 6 months, son of Sgt Maj Edward Downey 47th Regiment was buried in Floriana Cemetery.

1 Mar Battalion strength 772 men.

18 Mar In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta, Bachelor Sgt James Rance married Jane Sweeney, spinster daughter of Martin and Elizabeth Sweeney of Castlebar County Mayo, Ireland.

May 1857 The 1st/47th embarked for Gibraltar.