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94th Regiment of Foot

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The 94th Regiment of Foot


The 94th Regiment was derived from the Scotch Brigade which was raised in Scotland but served as part of the army of the Dutch Republic. It fought in the Mysore War and the Mahratta War and gained an elephant as part of its cap badge.

In 1802 the Scotch Brigade was numbered the 94th Regiment of Foot.

On 1 July 1881, the 94th merged with the 88th (Connaught Rangers) to form the 2nd Battalion of the Connaught Rangers.

The Connaught Rangers disbanded in April 1922 on the formation of the Irish Republic.

The 94th Regiment of Foot

1832 94th

16–17 Mar 1832 509 men of the 94th arrived from Gibraltar.

20 Oct Bachelor Sgt John Watson married Eliza Duncan, spinster born in Gibraltar, daughter of Sgt Thomas Duncan RA deceased.

The following were baptised in 1832:

The following were buried in 1832:

1833 94th

1 Jan–31 Dec 1833 The average strength was 17 officers, 493 men, 43 wives and 95 children. From the middle of the year the regiment occupied Lower St Elmo Barracks, which it shared with the 73rd Foot.

In 1833, the 94th had 747 sick. The sick list exceeded that of the previous year by 109 cases; symptoms were, however, not as severe as had been experienced in 1832. There were 40 more acute cases due to fever, dysentery and diarrhoea.

Acute catarrh was common during the year. It first appeared among the 42nd in early winter of 1832, when the regiment was stationed at Floriana Barracks. It then spread to the 7th, soon after it had relieved the 42nd at Floriana in the beginning of 1833. Acute catarrh next appeared in the 73rd and 94th stationed at Lower St Elmo barracks. The men of the 42nd were affected; the officers of the corps almost entirely escaped it. In many instances catarrh was accompanied by a cutaneous eruption similar to urticaria. The PMO remarked that acute catarrh was the same disease as the influenza which had prevailed in Malta and in almost every part of Europe during that year.

In 1833 the regimental hospital recorded the following diseases:

Assistant Inspector of Hospitals John Davy described Acute Rheumatism as those cases such as commonly occur in Malta, and chiefly in the winter season, marked generally by pain and difficulty of motion, and some derangement of general health, and very rarely indeed attended either by redness or swelling of the affected part or by a pyrexial state. The texture affected appears to be more commonly the muscular fibre. The disease yields readily to treatment but is apt to recur.1

Measles broke out during autumn and winter of 1833; few children escaped its ravages.

Five children died during the year from so called dentition.

There were two cases of Intermittent Fever and 38 of Common Continued Fever, with 1 death. The greater proportion of those falling ill with Common Continued Fever had mild symptoms and usually recovered. Common Continued Fever was frequent during the hot summer months of July, August and September. This type of fever was attributed to exposure to the sun, intemperance, changes to atmospheric conditions, and to malarial exhalations. A few cases on remittent fever also occurred, but were generally relapses of infection acquired out of Malta.

The following were married in 1833:

The following were baptised in 1833:

The following were buried in 1833:

1834 94th

Strength: 475 men.

5 Nov 1834 The 94th embarked for Ireland on the transport Romney.

24 Oct Widower Sgt Major Thomas Whaite married Sarah Paton, spinster daughter of Armourer Sgt Edward Paton 42nd Regiment.

The following were baptised in 1834:

The following were buried in 1834:

The 94th Regiment of Foot

1857 94th

22 Dec 1857 Burial of Pte James Smith aged 33 years 94th Regiment in Floriana cemetery.