Regiments of the Malta Garrison The 79th (Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders)
The 79th (Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders)
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 1st Battalion The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. A second 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).
1855 – 79th
The following were buried in 1855:
11 May Pte James Wilson 79th Regiment aged 21 years.
5 August Pte Riehard Falconer 79th Regiment aged 16 years.
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. 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 baptised in 1893:
12 MarAnnie Winslow born 24 Dec 1892, daughter of Catherine and Pte Charles Winslow.
16 AugDorothy Susan Lilian Jeffrey born 28 July 1893, daughter of Louisa and George Jeffrey of the Camerata Valletta.
The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1893:
13 MayA Mancenston aged 19 years, died at Cottonera.
31 AugJames Brooks aged 25 years, died at Cottonera.
18 OctJohn Montgomery aged 2 years 10 months, died at Cottonera.
The following were buried in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1893:
3 JanD Bruce aged 27 years.
28 JanT Smith aged 20 years.
31 JanL Jeffreys aged 20 years.
19 MarJohn Warnock aged 21 years.
12 June Child Margaret Macaulay aged 1 year 3 months, daughter of L/Cpl James and Jessie Macaulay.
26 June Infant Agnes Jane McPherson aged 5 months.
6 July Infant Margaret Murray aged 3 weeks, daughter of William Murray.
4 Aug Infant Winifred Messenger aged 9 months, daughter of Sgt Messenger.
The 1st/Cameron Highlanders was quartered at Lower St Elmo Barracks for 6 weeks.
It had an average strength of 141 men with 71 admissions into hospital. Three invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.93. The average sick time to each soldier was 15.51 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 30.79 days.
19 Feb 1895 The 1st/Cameron Highlanders embarked for Gibraltar, where it arrived on 24 February. It left Gibraltar for Egypt on 4 October 1897.
The following were baptised in 1895:
11 AprCharlotte Melita Winspear of Valletta, born 19 Mar 1895, daughter of Catherine and Pte Charles Winspear.
2 Mar 1903 The 2nd Battalion The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders embarked on the Ortona at Crete for Malta, arriving there on 10 March. It was replaced in Crete by the 1st/Royal Dublin Fusiliers from Malta. B Coy embarked for Cyprus from Crete on 4 March 1903.
The Battalion was stationed at Fort Manoel.
The following were buried in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1903:
24 July Pte John Brown Finnie, aged 27 years, of Fort Manoel.
15 Aug L/Cpl George Barrie, aged 25 years, of Fort Manoel.
27 Aug Still born female baby of Thomas Craig, of Fort Manoel.