Of the Malta Garrison
95th (Derbyshire)

The 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment

Sherwood Foresters
A Maltese Cross surmounted by a crown, in the centre a wreath of oak, and within the wreath a stag lodged; on the left arm of the cross and across the left branch of the wreath is a straight scroll inscribed Sherwood, on the right side a straight scroll is inscribed Foresters. Below the cross is a scroll inscribed Notts and Derby.

The 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment was raised at Winchester in 1823, and was completed on 10 February 1824.

In April 1824, the 95th embarked on its first posting to Malta, where it was presented with its First Colours by the Marchioness of Hastings.

Sherwood Foresters
The 45th Sherwood Foresters
(Main Guard Valletta)

In November 1825, the 95th received its affiliation with the county of Derbyshire to become The 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot.

On 1 July 1881, the 95th merged with the 45th (1st Nottinghamshire–Sherwood Foresters) Regiment to form The 2nd Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment). The 45th became the 1st Battalion

The Maltese Cross, oak wreath, and stag are derived from the badge of the 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment. The Royal Stags formed the Supporters to the Arms of the City of Nottingham. The oak wreath derives from the old Nottinghamshire Militia which had an oak wreath in its badge in allusion to Sherwood Forest.

The 45th was raised in 1741. It was numbered 45th Foot in 1751, to which the title Nottinghamshire was added in 1782. In 1866, the regimental title changed to the 45th (Nottinghamshire–Sherwood Foresters) Regiment.

The 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment

1824 95th (Derbyshire)

27 Apr 1824 A detachment of 350 men arrived from England. It relieved the 18th Foot which embarked for the Ionian Islands. The rest of the 95th arrived on 7 June 1824.

7 June–Sep All regiments arriving in Malta during the summer were prone to suffer greatly from sand fly fever. The 95th Regiment had 294 febrile cases of phlebotomus fever, which rendered it inefficient. It was unable to provide men for guard duty for the first ten months after its arrival in Malta.

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1825 95th (Derbyshire)

Nov 1825 The 95th was associated with the county of Derbyshire for recruitment.

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1826 95th (Derbyshire)

1826 Strength: 523 men.

On 31 July 1826, the conversion of the Floriana Market House into a new officers' barracks was completed. On 1 August 1826, they were handed over to the Barrack Master and occupied by the officers of the 95th Regiment.

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1827 95th (Derbyshire)

25 Oct Strength: Rank and File (Effective) 523, Rank and File (Establishment) 516.

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1828 95th (Derbyshire)

25 Aug 1828 Strength: 492 men (6 coys).

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1829 95th (Derbyshire)

Dec 1829 The 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment embarked for Corfu.

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1830 95th (Derbyshire)

8 Jan 1830 The 2nd Division consisting of 173 men embarked for Corfu.

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The 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment

1854 95th (Derbyshire)

14 Apr 1854 The 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment arrived from England on its way to the Crimea.

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1855 95th (Derbyshire)

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1856 95th (Derbyshire)