1 Dec 1840 640 men, 44 women and 59 children embarked at Cork. Six companies of the 88th (Connaught Rangers) arrived at Malta on 1 January 1841 and relieved the 47th Foot which sailed for the West Indies.
10 June Adjutant Lieutenant Fowler aged 21 years drowned in Valletta Harbour. He was sailing with his brother officers and a Maltese seaman when a sudden squall capsized their boat. Of the whole party three reached a boat from HMS Calcutta, but the deceased, who was a strong swimmer, drowned having received a blow to his head. His body was recovered to Bighi hospital, where every means was tried to restore animation, but the vital spark was already extinct. He was interred at the Protestant Burial Ground Floriana with military honours.2
12 Oct 1841 Pte Edward McGahan, quartered at Floriana barracks, fell to his death from the bastion near the Capuchin Convent while in a state of intoxication. He had been observed by two capuchin friars at the edge of the wall and had just been pulled back from the brink, when he made a second successful attempt at going over.3
The following married in Malta in 1841:
18 Nov Bachelor Sgt Schoolmaster James Berwick to Mary Joyce, spinster daughter of Pte John Joyce 88th Regiment.
The following was baptised in Malta in 1841:
24 DecWilliam Dunning son of Sgt Major Samuel Dunning and Mary, born on 7 December 1841.
May 1846 The 88th moved from Floriana Barracks to Fort St Elmo during the annual rotation of regiments in the command.
The following were married in Malta in 1846:
2 Apr Widower Armourer Sgt Charles Carter to Margaret Holmes, spinster of the Parish of Clapham in Craven in the County of York England.
12 May Bachelor CSgt John Frederick Grier born in Guernsey to Mary Donoghoe, spinster and minor born in the Parish of Rathkeale in the County of Limerick, Ireland daughter of Sgt Patrick Donoghoe with the consent of her parents.
1846–47 Two soldiers drowned, and another was accidentally killed.
14 Jan 1847 543 men, 36 women and 53 children embarked for the West Indies on the transport Herfordshire. The troops embarked at 08:00 hrs at Kalkara under a pelting shower. The band of the 42nd Regiment played on the square on the passing regiment as a sign of respect.1
The 88th was replaced in station by the 1st/97th (Earl of Ulster's) Regiment.
18 Apr 1854 The 88th arrived from Liverpool by the Cunard Company's steamer Niagara.
Nov 1854 The regiment had 19 officers and 522 men serving in the Crimea. In November, it had a large number of men sick with bowel complaints and cholera. Surgeon James Guy P Moore attributed the disease to wet and exposure, severe duty, insufficient shelter, inadequate clothing, scanty rations with no means of cooking them, the young soldiers frequently eating their salt pork raw.
1855 88th (Connaught Rangers)
The following were buried at Malta in 1855:
1 Nov Pte James Gates aged 19 years.
4 Nov Pte E Scott aged 19 years.
7 Dec Pte Joseph Barnaby aged 22 years.
29 Dec Pte William Gilver 88th Regiment.
The 1st/Connaught Rangers
1 Dec 1899 The 1st/Connaught Rangers arrived in South Africa. It embarked in Capetown for Southampton on 28 January 1903, and served in Mullingar County Westmeath, Ireland, from 17 February 1903 until 12 March 1907.
13 July 1889 The 2nd/Connaught Rangers embarked at Devonport from Aldershot. It disembarked in Malta on 22 July 1889.
The Battalion was quartered at Verdala Barracks Cottonera for 3 and a half months and at Pembroke Camp and Gozo for 2 months.
It had an average strength of 419 men with 378 admissions (902.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 6 deaths (14.32 deaths/1000 mean strength). 7 invalids returned to England.
Its average constantly sick was 30.85 (73.63/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 26.87 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 29.79 days.
Surgeon General Duncan Alexander Campbell Fraser reported that the Connaught Rangers had arrived in July with a number of badly fed and immature boys, who knew nothing about the usual laws of regulation of health. The men exposed themselves recklessly to the sun and chills, idled away their day, and spent their evenings in low grog shops.
The PMO attributed the considerable number of sickness in the 2nd/Connaught Rangers, to the regiment having in its ranks a large number of lads between the ages of 18 and 20 years. The health of many of these youths rapidly gave way from week to week under the climatic changes consequent in their transfer to Malta, at an unhealthy season of the year.
The PMO requested that no man under 19 years of age be sent from England, and that troops should only arrive in Malta during October and the succeeding four months.
The 2nd/Connaught Rangers had an average strength of 866 men with 431 admissions (497.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 9 deaths (10.39 deaths/1000 mean strength). 36 invalids returned to England.
Its average constantly sick was 31.51 (36.39/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.29 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.69 days.
The battalion was at Pembroke Camp and Fort Chambray Gozo for 11 1/2 months and in Valletta for 2 weeks.
The 2nd/Connaught Rangers had an average strength of 454 men. It had 192 admissions (422.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (6.60 deaths/1000 mean strength). 9 invalids returned to England.
Its average constantly sick was 12.68 (27.93/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 10.19 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.11 days.
The 2nd/Connaught Rangers was at Fort Chambray Gozo for 12 months.
In 1894 there were two epidemics of influenza at Fort Chambray Gozo, with 43 cases in the 2nd/Connaught Rangers in the early part of the year, and 65 admissions after the arrival of the 2nd/Leinster Regiment from England in November.
The 2nd/Connaught Rangers had an average strength of 447 men. It had 215 admissions (481/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (6.71 deaths/1000 mean strength). 3 invalids returned to England.
Its average constantly sick was 12.22 (27.34/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 9.08 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 20.74 days.
The 2nd/Connaught Rangers was at Fort Chambray Gozo for 10 months and Fort Manoel and Hutments for 2 months.