Regiments
Of the Malta Garrison
Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps

Army Service Corps
An eight pointed star, the topmost point displaced by a crown, in the centre intertwined the initials of the Army Service Corps; within the wreath the Garter and Motto.

A Corps of Wagoners was formed in 1794, which in 1799, became the Royal Wagon Train. This was disbanded in 1833.

The Land Transport Corps was formed for service in the Crimean War; at the end of the campaign it became the Military Train organised as a Cavalry Regiment.

In 1870 an Army Service Corps was formed only to be split up in 1881 into two separate Corps, the Commissariat and Transport Corps and the Ordnance Store Corps (later the Royal Ordnance Corps).

In 1889, the former Corps was again organised as the second Army Service Corps. There had been constant friction between the old control officers and the combatant officers; the former were said to be no officers at all but civilians. The Royal Warrant transferred the mere clerks into combatants and the department was no longer despised.

On 1 August 1914, the Army Service Corps had 498 officers and 5,900 other ranks. At the outbreak of the Great War the Corps was providing rations and forage for 186,400 men and 28,742 animals. The Corps was divided into three main divisions:

The Army Service Corps became a Royal Corps in 1918, in recognition of its services during the Great War (Army Order 362 dated November 1918).

The Land Transport Corps

1855 Land Transport Corps

Burials in 1855:

1856 Land Transport Corps

Burials in 1856:

The Army Service Corps

1871 Army Service Corps

A sergeant of the Army Service Corps died during the year.

1872 Army Service Corps

1873 Army Service Corps

1874 Army Service Corps

1875 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 10 men. It had 6 admissions into hospital with 1 death.

1876 Army Service Corps

1877 Army Service Corps

1878 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 11 men. It had 4 admissions into hospital with 2 deaths. 2 invalids were returned to England.

1879 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 11 men. It had 2 admissions into hospital. 1 invalid was returned to England.

1880 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 15 men. It had 2 admissions into hospital with 1 death.

1881 Army Service Corps

The Commissariat and Transport Corps had an average strength of 7 men. There was one admission into hospital.

1882 Commissariat and Transport Corps

1883 Commissariat and Transport Corps

1884 Commissariat and Transport Corps

The Commissariat and Transport Corps had an average strength of 8 men.

1885 Commissariat and Transport Corps

The Commissariat and Transport Corps had an average strength of 8 men. There were 5 admissions into hospital.

1886 Commissariat and Transport Corps

The Commissariat and Transport Corps had an average strength of 6 men.

Baptisms in the Garrison Church, Valletta in 1886:

1887 Commissariat and Transport Corps

The Commissariat and Transport Corps had an average strength of 13 men with 6 admissions into hospital.

Baptisms in the Garrison Church, Valletta in 1887:

1888 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 11 men with 4 admissions into hospital and 1 death.

Burials in 1888:

Baptisms in 1888:

1889 Army Service Corps

Duncan H
Conductor H. Duncan ASC died at Valletta Station Hospital 25 June 1891 Aged 45 years
Staff QM Sgt A. Mein ASC died at Valletta Station Hospital 16 June 1890 Aged 46 years. (Ta' Braxia Cemetery)

1889 Strength: 8 men.

Baptisms in 1889:

1890 Army Service Corps

July 1890 Strength: 15 men.

Baptisms in 1890:

1891 Army Service Corps

1891 Strength: 17 men.

Baptisms in 1891:

Burials in 1891:

1892 Army Service Corps

1892 Strength: 17 men.

1893 Army Service Corps

W F Moore
Laura Katherine Moore nee Rogers daughter of Captain Robert Atkins Rogers RA, wife of Lt Col William Francis Moore ASC died Valletta 25 May 1893, aged 45 years. (Ta' Braxia Cemetery)

1893 Strength: 19 men.

1894 Army Service Corps

1894 Strength: 18 men.

Baptisms in 1894:

1895 Army Service Corps

1895 Strength: 20 men.

Baptisms in 1895:

1896 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 20 men.

Baptisms in 1896:

1897 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 37 men. It had 12 admissions into hospital with no deaths. 2 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 1.11. The average sick time to each soldier was 10.95 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 33.76 days.

On 24 Mar 1897, a detachment of the ASC served in Crete as part of the Cretan International Force.

Baptisms in 1897:

1898 Army Service Corps

The Army Service Corps had an average strength of 41 men. It had 16 admissions into hospital with 2 deaths. 1 invalid returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 1.62. The average sick time to each soldier was 14.42 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 36.96 days.

The men were at the Old Laboratory, Valletta with a detachment in Crete at the beginning of the year.

Burials in 1898:

1899 Army Service Corps

Sgt H B Williams
Sgt H. B. Williams Staff Clerk Div A Army Service Corps died 18 Sep 1899. (Pieta Military Cemetery)

1 Jan 1899 Strength: 27 men.

Burials in 1899:

1900 Army Service Corps

1 Jan 1900 Strength: 17 men.

1901 Army Service Corps

1901 Strength: 25 men.

1902 Army Service Corps

Baptisms in the Garrison Church in 1902:

1903 No 70 Transport Coy Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC was stationed at the Old Laboratory Barracks Valletta. It had its main office at the Auberge de France.

Baptisms in the Garrison Church in 1903:

1904 No 70 Transport Coy Army Service Corps

Burials in 1904:

1905 No 70 Transport Coy Army Service Corps

Old Laboratory
Plan of Valletta showing location of the Old Laboratory. (TNA:MFQ 1/220)

No 70 Transport Coy ASC shared the Old Laboratory Barracks with the Army Pay Corps, Military Foot Police and Garrison Staff. The barracks consisted of four rooms at an upper level and two at a lower level. The barracks was unsuitable as accommodation. It was cramped and poorly ventilated with inadequate water and drainage supply.

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1905:

1906 No 70 Transport Coy Army Service Corps

Burials in 1906:

1907 No 70 Transport Coy Army Service Corps

ambulance
Number 2 of the first batch of motor ambulances first issued to the army in 1904 (RAMC/801/22/1/6).

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1907:

The first motor ambulances were issued to the army in 1904. These were Wolseley Siddeley motorcars with solid rubber tyres. Two coils were fixed to the dashboard and two accumulators on the off side of the running board. The ambulances were initially the responsibility of the Royal Engineers but in 1907 they were taken over by the Army Service Corps.

1908 No 70 Transport Coy Army Service Corps

ambulance
Unlabelled photo of a mule drawn ambulance in Malta around 1908 (RAMC/1269/6/5).

Baptisms in 1908 :

Burials in 1908 :

1909 Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC

1910 Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC

1911 Army Service Corps

No 70 Transport Coy ASC

Baptisms in 1911:

1912 Army Service Corps

No 46 Transport Coy ASC

Baptisms in 1912:

1913 Army Service Corps

No 6 Transport Coy ASC

Baptisms in 1913:

1914 Army Service Corps

Ambulance
14 Light Field Ambulance Malta 1915 – 1917. In May 1915, the first six Ford ambulances were sent to Malta. In June 1915, twenty four more ambulances arrived, so that by 16 Nov 1918, Malta had a total of 83 ambulances. The number dropped to 45 on 1 Nov 1919. (Courtesy J Bird).

1 Jan 1914 No 46 Transport Coy ASC

1 Apr No 40 Transport Coy ASC

5 Aug Under the provisions of the Defence Scheme a large number of hired transport was engaged for the troops proceeding to war stations and for permanent duty as long as they remained there. This was dismissed on 2 October except for the transport required by the 1st London Infantry Brigade.

3 Sep No 40 Transport Coy ASC left Malta. Assistant Director Stores and Transport (ADST), 2 WOs and 18 NCOs and men Supply Section; 29 NCOs and men Horse Transport section embarked for England.

12 Sep 1914 1st London Brigade Coy ASC (T) arrived on S.S. Kelvin Grove.

Captain (Temp Major) H G L Hall ASC served as Assistant Director Supply and Transport (ADST).

Baptisms in 1914:

1915 Army Service Corps

15 Apr 1915 1st London Brigade Company ASC (T) moved from Fort Mosta to Valletta. Fort Mosta was dismantled and handed over to the Royal Engineers.

Captain (Temp Major) H G L Hall ASC served as Acting Assistant Director Supply and Transport (ADST). On 2nd May 1917, he was promoted to Deputy Assistant Director of Transport which was equivalent for purposes of pay to the rank of DAQMG.

Baptisms in 1915:

Burials in 1915:

1916 Army Service Corps

Baptisms in 1916:

1917 Army Service Corps

Baptisms in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1917:

1918 Army Service Corps

1919 Royal Army Service Corps

1920 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1920:

Baptisms in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1920:

1921 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1921:

Baptisms in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1921:

1922 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1922:

Baptisms in the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1922:

1923 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1923:

Baptisms in the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1923:

1924 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1924:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1924:

1925 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1925:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1925:

1926 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1926:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1926:

1927 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1927:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1927:

1928 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1928:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1928:

1929 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1929:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1929:

1930 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1930:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1930:

1931 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1931:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1931:

1932 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1932:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1932:

1933 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1933:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1933:

1934 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1934:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1934:

1935 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1935:

1936 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1936:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1936:

1937 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1937:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1937:

1938 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1938:

1939 RASC

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1939:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1939:

1940 Royal Army Service Corps

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1940:

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1940:

1941 RASC

The Royal Army Service Corps Malta 1941:

22 Dec 1941 60582 L/Cpl Briffa RASC (Expeditionary Force Institutes (EFI)) sustained a slight splinter injury to his right ear. He was treated at the naval sick bay St George's Barracks.

1942 Royal Army Service Corps

27 June 1942 Strength: 41 Officers, 786 men.

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1942:

1943 Royal Army Service Corps

31 Mar 1943 Strength: 66 Officers 934 men.

1944 Royal Army Service Corps

31 Mar 1944 Strength: 52 Officers 747 men.

1945 Royal Army Service Corps

30 June 1945 Strength: 39 Officers 363 men.

1946 Royal Army Service Corps

1947 Royal Army Service Corps

1948 Royal Army Service Corps

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1948:

1949 Royal Army Service Corps

1949 Strength: 26 Officers and 234 men

Baptisms at the Mtarfa Families Hospital in 1949:

1950 Royal Army Service Corps

1951 Royal Army Service Corps

1952 Royal Army Service Corps

1953 Royal Army Service Corps

Baptisms in St Oswald's Chapel Mtarfa in 1953:

1954 Royal Army Service Corps

1955 Royal Army Service Corps

1956 Royal Army Service Corps

In March 1956, the Barrack Services of the RASC were located at Sa Maison. The strength was 1 officer and 50 civilians.
OIC Barracks was Major (QM) G C Skinner RASC.

Owing to a reduction in the establishment, the Barrack Stores at St Andrews closed down on 31 March 1956.

The Kerosene store at Marsamxetto closed on 1 July 1956 and issues were taken over by 67 Supply Depôt RASC.

Misc and Disc items store in the basement of Montgomery House closed on 1 October 1956 and the stores were transferred to St George's Barrack Stores.

1957 Royal Army Service Corps

In March 1957, the Barrack Services of the RASC were located at Sa Maison. The strength was 1 officer and 41 civilians.
OIC Barracks was Major (QM) G C Skinner RASC.

During Op Musketeer the invasion of Egypt to capture the Suez Canal, the increased strength of the garrison placed a strain on the Barrack Store, especially with regard to laundry services for barrack linen. Two additional labourers were engaged.

1958 Royal Army Service Corps

In March 1958, the Barrack Services of the RASC were located at Sa Maison. The strength was 1 officer and 34 civilians, including 1 civilian officer, 7 clerks, 1 typist and 25 industrial employees.
OIC Barracks was Major C J Cole RASC.

A barrack office inspection was carried out by Major R E Wilkinson RASC, Barrack Inspectorate.

1959 Royal Army Service Corps

In March 1959, the Barrack Services of the RASC were located at Sa Maison. The strength was 1 officer, 1 civilian officer and 37 civilian employees.
OIC Barracks was Major C J Cole RASC.

In March 1959, the Transport Offices of the RASC were located at Sa Maison. The strength was 1 officer, 1 other ranks and 2 civilian employees.
OIC Transport was Major E Sedwick RASC.

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