Of the Malta Garrison
62nd (Wiltshire)

The 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment

The 62nd Regiment of Foot was derived from the 2nd/4th Regiment of Foot. The 2nd Battalion was raised in 1756, but two years later became an independent regiment as the 62nd Regiment of Foot.

In 1782, the 62nd was granted its territorial affiliation with Wiltshire to become The 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment.

On 1 July 1881, The 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment merged with the 99th Duke of Edinburgh's (Lanarkshire) Regiment to form The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment).

In 1959, The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment) joined The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Regiment to form The Duke of Edinburgh Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire).

The 1st/62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment

1854 62nd (Wiltshire)

28 Feb 1854 The 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment arrived from Ireland. Steam navigation had cut its journey from Cork to 16 days. The 1st division disembarked from the transport Sir George Pollock and marched to Lower St Elmo Barracks.

18 Apr The 62nd was kept as a reserve at Floriana Barracks until needed in the East.

20 May The Steamer Karnak left Cork on 20 May with 60 private soldiers, 3 women and 10 children of 3rd Regiment of Foot, 5 private soldiers, 7 women and 15 children of 9th Regiment of Foot, 102 private soldiers, 6 women and 9 children of 62nd Regiment of Foot, and 47 private soldiers, 2 women and 0 children of 68th Regiment of Foot. The ship was under the medical charge of Assistant Surgeon Andrew risk 23rd Regiment. It arrived at Malta on 31 May 1854. There had been no casualties or sick during the voyage other than a single case of measles.

10 Oct In the garrison reshuffle of 10 Oct 1854, the 62nd moved from Floriana Barracks to the Auberge de Castille and Fort Manoel.

3 Nov The 62nd, (21 officers and 560 men), left Malta for the Crimea, where it arrived on 14 November. HQ Coy proceeded in the Miranda and the rest followed in the Jura on 6 November.

The men were attacked with cholera soon after disembarking. Fourteen died of cholera and 2 from diarrhoea before the end of the month; 18 died in December 1854. The surgeon attributed cholera the result of fatigue, exposure, inclement weather and change of diet from fresh meat and vegetables to salt meat, rum and biscuits.

19 Dec 116 men, 234 women and 303 children of the 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment left for England on the Himalaya with the wounded and convalescents from the Crimea.

Baptisms in 1854:

Burials in 1854:

1855 62nd (Wiltshire)

The Wiltshire Regiment fought at Sebastopol in the Crimean War (1854–56).

Burials in 1855:

Baptisms in 1855:

1856 62nd (Wiltshire)

11 May 1856 The 62nd (Wiltshire) embarked on the Himalaya and proceeded to Halifax Nova Scotia with the 2nd/63rd Foot.

Burials in 1856:

The 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

1962 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

St Patrick's
St Patrick's Barracks Pembroke (Sandhurst Block) was built in 1939.

3 Dec 1962 The 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's Regiment embarked at Southampton in HMT Oxfordshire. It was the last infantry regiment to deploy from England in a troopship. The battalion moved into St Patrick's Barracks, Pembroke.

1963 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

Aug–Sep 1963 The battalion took part in Exercise Drum Beat in Libya.

1964 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

9 Feb 1964 The battalion moved to Cyprus. It took up positions at Nicosia Airport and manned the Green Line between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

Apr 1964 The battalion returned to Malta. It was the Guard of Honour on the granting of independence to Malta on 21 September 1964.

1965 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's (Berkshire and Wiltshire)

Dec 1965 The 1st/The Duke of Edinburgh's Regiment returned to England. It moved to Minden in Germany where it formed part of 11th Infantry Brigade.

The 5th/Wiltshire Regiment

The 5th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment came ashore at Cape Helles, Gallipoli on 17 July 1915.

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1915: