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70th (Surrey) Regiment

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The 70th (Surrey) Regiment

Introduction

The 70th Foot was derived from the 2nd/31st Regiment of Foot. The 2nd Battalion was raised in 1756 during the Seven Years War (1756–63), but two years later became an independent regiment as the 70th Regiment of Foot (Glasgow Greys). It recruiting in Scotland.

In 1782 the 70th Foot gained its county affiliation with Surrey. In 1813, the title Glasgow Lowland displaced The Surrey, however, in 1825 the regimental title reverted back to The 70th (Surrey) Regiment of Foot.

On 1 July 1881 The 70th (Surrey) Regiment merged with the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment to become the Second Battalion of the new East Surrey Regiment.

On 14 October 1959, the East Surrey Regiment amalgamated with The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) to form the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment.

The 70th (Surrey) Regiment

1836 70th (Surrey)

3 July 1836 17 officers and 460 men of the 70th arrived from Gibraltar.

7 Nov Bachelor CSgt William Reed married Ellen Holohan, spinster of Kilkenny Ireland.

The following were baptised in 1836:

The following were buried in 1836:

1837

11 Mar 1837 Burial of Pte William Dunn aged 30 years.

9 June–11 Oct Cholera broke out on 9 June 1837. The 70th Foot had 37 sick with 9 deaths (6 males, 1 females, 2 children) between 17 June and 18 July 1837.

The following married in 1837:

The following were baptised in 1837:

1838 70th (Surrey)

11 Jan 1838 459 men embarked on the transport Jupiter for the West Indies.

The following were baptised in Malta in 1838:

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment

1893 2nd/East Surrey

1 July 1881 The 70th Regiment became the 2nd Battalion The East Surrey Regiment.

23 Feb 1893 The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment embarked at Queenstown from Tipperary. It disembarked in Malta on 4 March as the short tour battalion.

It had an average strength of 540 men, 768 admissions (1412.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 9 deaths (16.67/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 38.44 (71.19/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 25.99 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 18.39 days.

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment was quartered at Pembroke Camp for 7 months and 2 weeks and at Isola Gate for 6 weeks from Nov 1893.

The following were buried in Rinella Military Cemetery in 1893:

1894 2nd/East Surrey

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment had an average strength of 924 men. It had 739 admissions (799.8/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 9 deaths (9.74/1000 mean strength). 8 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 40.05 (49.83/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.19 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 22.74 days.

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment was quartered at Isola Gate for 12 months.

The following were buried in Rinella Military Cemetery in 1894:

1895 2nd/East Surrey

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment had an average strength of 656 men. It had 414 admissions (631.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (4.57/1000 mean strength). 9 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 28.23 (43.03/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.71 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.89 days.

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment was quartered at Isola Gate for 1 month and Fort Manoel and Hutments for 8 1/2 months. It embarked for Dover on 20 Oct 1895. It disembarked at Southampton on 29 Oct; it moved from Dover to Woking on 28 June 1898.

The 2nd/East Surrey Regiment had 2 cases of enteric fever in Fort Manoel and Hutments.

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