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The 9th (East Norfolk) Regiment

Introduction

The 9th Foot was raised in 1685 by King James II during the time of the Monmouth Rebellion.

It was numbered 9th Foot in 1751, to which the title East Norfolk was added in 1782.

On 1 July 1881 it became The Norfolk Regiment.

The Norfolk Regiment received its Royal prefix in June 1935 during the jubilee of King George V.

In 1959, The Royal Norfolk Regiment merged with The Suffolk Regiment to form The East Anglian (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk) Regiment.

The 1st/9th (East Norfolk) Regiment

1854 9th (East Norfolk)

3 Mar 1854 The 9th Foot arrived from Ireland with 505 men fit for duty. A part of the 9th Foot was quartered at Fort St Elmo, the rest at the School for Girls, and the Castellaria in Merchant Street Valletta.

18 Apr The 9th Foot formed part of the reserve at Verdala Barracks until required in the east during the war with Russia.

10 Oct The 9th Foot moved from Fort Verdala to Fort St Elmo and Auberge Bavarie Valletta vice The 3rd (East Kent–The Buffs) Regiment of Foot.

Nov 1854 The 9th Foot left for Turkey and the Crimea. The regiment (20 officers, 544 men) landed at Balaklava on 27 Nov 1854. It was marched at once to the Lines before Sebastopol and placed on duty in the trenches. The weather was wet, cold and tempestuous. Cholera made its appearance on 29 November. In the course of that and the following day, 13 cases occurred of which 6 proved fatal; 81 fell ill in December out of a strength of 544 men.

The regiment had suffered much from fever at Malta during autumn. Many men were embarked for service in the Crimea while still convalescing, and not yet fully fit to encounter the hardships and deprivations of their new positions.

The following were buried in 1854:

1855 9th (East Norfolk)

18 May 1855 A draft of 119 men arrived from England.

21 Nov Burial of Frances Bethume aged 22 years, wife of Maj Bethume 9th Regiment.

1856 9th (East Norfolk)

The 1st/9th (East Norfolk) Regiment

1864 — 1st/9th (East Norfolk)

3 June 1864 The 1st/9th (East Norfolk) embarked at Cephalonia on 2 June 1864 and disembarked in Malta on 3 June.

18 June The 1st/9th (East Norfolk) embarked for Gibraltar where it arrived on 24 June 1864.

The Norfolk Regiment

1925 The Norfolk

1 Oct 1925 8 officers and 797 rank and file arrived at Malta on a short stay tour of duty. The battalion is no longer listed as being at Malta in the returns of 1 January 1926.

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