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80th (Staffordshire Volunteers) Regiment

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The 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers) Regiment


The 80th Foot was raised in 1793 on the outbreak of war with revolutionary France, as the 80th Regiment of Foot.

In 1802 Staffordshire Volunteers was incorporated in its title, when the Staffordshire Militia was absorbed into the 80th Foot.

On 1 July 1881, the 80th amalgamated with The 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment to become the 2nd Battalion of The South Staffordshire Regiment. The 38th Foot becoming the 1st Battalion.

On 31 January 1959, The South Staffordshire Regiment merged with The North Staffordshire Regiment, (The Prince of Wales's), to form The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's).

The 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers) Regiment

1821 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers)

Sep 1821 A detachment of 103 men arrived from Gibraltar, the remainder followed on 24 Oct 1821.

Inspector of Hospitals John Hennen reported that the 80th Regiment was of the ordinary class of material and least effective corps in the garrison from the prevalence of fever amongst them.1 Soldiers on duty at the upper part of the harbour, near an area known as Marsa, fell ill with fever.

19 Nov Burial of Lt Hugh MacDougal QM 80th Regiment, aged 36 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).

The following were baptised in 1821:

1822 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers)

21 Mar–20 June 1822 The battalion was at Floriana Barracks and at Bormla with detachments on the outworks of Floriana.

Two cases of intermittent fever were admitted to the regimental hospital. Staff Surgeon Tully James Dillon reported that these were not of local origin as one had previously suffered from it at Gibraltar, and the other was a native of the Greek Islands who brought the seeds of the disease with him. Both were treated with bark. Relapses were controlled with zinc and other tonics combined with bark, and if the abdominal viscera was suspected to be involved, the patient was subjected to an alternative course of mercury.

Summer fever, (Phlebotomus fever), was very prevalent in the 80th Regiment. In 1822, there were 42 cases between 21 March and 20 June. The fever usually subsided on the second or third day, while convalescence was established by the end of the third or the beginning of the fourth day. There were a total of 190 admissions during the year.

The following were buried in 1822:

The following were baptised in 1822:

1823 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers)

1823 Strength: 569 men.

The regiment had an average daily sick of 28, with a ratio of sick to well of 1:20. There were a number of cases of venereal diseases and pulmonary conditions, with 12 severe cases of pneumonia with two deaths. In October, catarrh was very prevalent but treatable. Of three cases of phthisis, (tuberculosis), two died and one was invalidated to England. The ophthalmia hospital was attached to the regimental hospital of the 80th Regiment.

The following were married in 1823:

The following were baptised in 1823:

The following were buried in 1823:

1824 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers)

1824 Strength: 550 men.

The following were baptised in 1824:

The following were buried in 1824:

1825 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers)

The following were married in 1825:

The following were baptised in 1825:

1826 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers)

1826 Strength: 525 men.

The following were baptised in 1826:

1827 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers)

July 1827 Burial of Pte Basin William 80th Regiment, aged 40 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).

25 Oct Strength (6 Coys): Rank and File (Effective) 525, Rank and File (Establishment) 516.

The following were married in 1827:

The following were baptised in 1827:

1828 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers)

Jan 1828 Strength: 550 men.

The following were married in 1828:

The following were baptised in 1828:

The following were buried in 1828:

31 May Warning Order for the removal of the 7th Foot from the Ionian Islands to Malta, to be replaced by 80th Foot from Malta.

8–11 Sept 1828 The 80th Regiment embarked for the Ionian Islands.

1830 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers)

The following were baptised in 1830:

The 2nd/The South Staffordshire Regiment

1928 2nd/South Staffordshire

Nov 1928 The 2nd/South Staffordshire Regiment arrived at Malta. It had 26 officers and 456 men.

1929 2nd/South Staffordshire

1 Jan 1929 Strength: 26 officers and 457 men.

1 Oct The regiment was in Palestine temporarily leaving 7 officers and 148 rank and file at Malta.

1930 2nd/South Staffordshire

1 Jan 1930 The 2nd/South Staffordshire Regiment was in Palestine.