Of the Malta Garrison
The 9th
(East Norfolk)

The 9th (East Norfolk) Regiment

Norfolk Regiment
Britannia holding a sprig of olive in her right hand and a trident in her left resting against her left shoulder, an oval shield bearing the Great Union rest against her left forearm, below is a scroll inscribed The Norfolk Regiment.

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, the infantry were given a geographical connection with an appropriate territorial title in place of the regimental number. The 9th Regiment became The 1st Battalion 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 regimental badge is the image of Britannia, which is believed to have been granted by Queen Anne in recognition of the regiment's distinguished conduct at the Battle of Almanza in 1707. During the War of the Spanish Succession, the 9th covered the retreat of Lord Galway, thus upholding the honour of Great Britain.

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.

20 May The Steamer Karnak left Cork on 20 May with 60 private soldiers, 3 women and 10 children of 3rd Regiment of Foot, 5 private soldiers, 7 women and 15 children of 9th Regiment of Foot, 102 private soldiers, 6 women and 9 children of 62nd Regiment of Foot, and 47 private soldiers, 2 women and 0 children of 68th Regiment of Foot. The ship was under the medical charge of Assistant Surgeon Andrew risk 23rd Regiment. It arrived at Malta on 31 May 1854. There had been no casualties or sick during the voyage other than a single case of measles.

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.

Baptisms in 1854:

Burials in 1854:

1855 9th (East Norfolk)

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

Burials in 1855:

1856 9th (East Norfolk)

Baptisms in 1856:

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 9th (East Norfolk) Regiment

1890 – The Norfolk

The 1st/Norfolk was at Wellington Barracks Madras, The 2nd/Norfolk was in Mandalay Burma.

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1890:

The 4th/Norfolk Regiment

The 4th/Norfolk recruited from Norwich landed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on 10 August 1915.

1915 – 1st/4th/Norfolk

Burials at Pietà Military Cemetery in 1915:

The 5th/Norfolk Regiment

1915 – 5th/Norfolk

Burials at Pietà Military Cemetery in 1915:

The Norfolk Regiment

1925 – The Norfolk

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.