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The 79th (Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders)

Introduction

The 79th (Highland–Cameronian Volunteers) Regiment was raised in 1793 by Sir Alan Cameron of Erracht. In 1804, it was known as the 79th Cameronian Highlanders, and in 1873 as the 79th (Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders) Regiment.

On 1 July 1881, the 79th became the First Battalion The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. A 2nd Battalion was raised in 1897.

In 1961, the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders amalgamated with the Seaforth Highlanders to form the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons).

The 79th

1855 – 79th

The following were buried in 1855:

The 1st/The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

1892 1st/Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders embarked at Portsmouth from Edinburgh on 23 Feb 1892. It arrived at Malta on 7 March.

It had an average strength of 695 men, 609 admissions (876.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 6 deaths (8.63/1000 mean strength). 7 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 28.50 (41.0/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 25.01 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.13 days.

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders was quartered at Pembroke Camp for 9 months. It had detachments at Citta Vecchia for 3 months.

1893 1st/Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders had an average strength of 956 men. It had 732 admissions (765.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 11 deaths (11.51/1000 mean strength). 25 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 50.24 (52.55/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 19.18 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.05 days.

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders was quartered at Pembroke Camp for 2 months and at Lower St Elmo Barracks for 10 months.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1893:

1894 1st/Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders had an average strength of 956 men. It had 616 admissions (644.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (2.09/1000 mean strength). 17 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 46.11 (48.25/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.61 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.32 days.

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders was quartered at Lower St Elmo Barracks for 12 months.

1895 1st/Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders had an average strength of 141 men. It had 71 admissions (503.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 3 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 5.93 (24.28/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.51 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 30.79 days.

The 1st/Cameron Highlanders was quartered at Lower St Elmo Barracks for 6 weeks.

It embarked for Gibraltar on 19 Feb 1895, where it arrived on 24 February.

The 2nd/The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

1902 2nd/Cameron Highlanders

4 May 1902 A Coy, C Coy and H Coy The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders arrived from Gibraltar. B Coy went to Cyprus. Part of the Battalion was in Crete.

29 Sep 1902 Burial of Pte Thomas Love aged 19 yrs 8 mths, at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 2, Grave 4).

1903 2nd/Cameron Highlanders

10 Mar 1903 Arrived from Crete where they were replaced by the 1st/Royal Dublin Fusiliers from Malta.

The Battalion was stationed at Fort Manoel.

1904 2nd/Cameron Highlanders

The Battalion was stationed at Fort Manoel. Its strength was 306 men.

16 Apr 1904 Embarked on the Sudan for Capetown where they arrived on 9 May 1904.

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