Regiments of the Malta Garrison
76th (Hindoostan)

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The 76th (Hindoostan) Regiment of Foot

The 76th (Hindoostan) Regiment of Foot was raised at Chatham in 1787 by the East India Company. After its formation the regiment served in India for the next twenty years.

In 1812, the 76th (Hindoostan) Regiment of Foot became The 76th Regiment.

On 1 July 1881, the 76th Regiment merged with The 33rd The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding Regiment) to form the Second Battalion of The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). The 33rd forming the 1st Battalion.

In January 1921, its title change to The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding).

The 76th Regiment of Foot

1851 76th Foot

27 Mar 1851 319 men, 33 women and 55 children of the 76th Foot arrived from Corfu.

Malta 9 Apr 1851 678 men, 53 women and 104 children of the 76th Foot arrived from Corfu.

Malta 1 Nov 1851 Strength: 994 men. HQ Coy was at Cottonera.

The following married in Malta in 1851:

  1. 23 July Bachelor Sgt Owen Willis son of Thomas and Elizabeth Willis to Mary Elizabeth Walman, widow of Pte Thomas Walman 76th Regiment.

1852 76th Foot

Malta 1852 The 76th was at Cottonera with detachments at Fort Ricasoli, Fort Manoel, and Fort Tigne. In September, the 76th moved from Cottonera to Floriana where it relieved the 3rd (East Kent-The Buffs) Regiment.

1853 76th Foot

Malta 10 Mar 1853 Strength: 910 men.

The following married in Malta in 1853:

  1. 18 Jan In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta, Bachelor School Master Sgt Jeremiah Willis born at Midleton County Cork, son of George and Ann Willis of Midleton to Charlotte Gardiner, spinster and minor with the consent of her mother, born in Edinburgh, daughter of QM Sgt John Gardiner 42nd Highlanders deceased and of Phoebe his wife residing in Malta.

Malta 1853 700 men, 43 women and 100 children of the 76th Foot left for Halifax Nova Scotia on the steam ship Simoon. The remainder of the 76th moved to Fort St Elmo which they shared with a company of the 68th Foot. The quarters formerly occupied by the 76th Regiment at the Auberge de Castille were taken over by the Royal Malta Fencible Regiment which was relieved at Fort Manoel by the 41st Regiment.

1842 — 76th Foot

Mary Elizabeth wife of Capt Lothian Dickson and daughter of Lt Col Gillman 76th Regiment died in Malta on 14 February 1842.


  1. Farmer, J. S., 1984. The regimental records of the British Army Reprint Edition, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Crecy Books.
  2. Edwards, T. J., 1980. Regimental Badges First Edition, Tonbridge, Kent: Ernest Benn Ltd.
  3. TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Marriage Register 11 July 1839 to 14 May 1859.
  4. TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Baptism Register from 14 July 1839 to 25 December 1859.