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The Royal Artillery

Introduction

The Royal Artillery was formed in 1716, when King George I issued a Royal Warrant to set up two permanent field artillery companies of 100 men each. These came under the old Board of Ordnance whose arms included three old cannon.

In 1899, the Royal Artillery consisted of: the Royal Field Artillery (RFA), the Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) and the Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). The RGA manned the coastal guns and colonial forts. In 1924, the RFA and the RGA merged to form the Royal Artillery.

In 1938, the Brigades of the Royal Artillery were renamed regiments.

The Royal Artillery shares the mottoes Ubique (Everywhere) and Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt (Whither Right and Glory Lead) with the Royal Engineers. They wear a grenade with seven flames as opposed to nine flames for the Royal Engineers.

Both mottoes were granted to the Royal Artillery by London Gazette notice of 10 July 1832. The badge was adopted the following year.

The Royal Artillery

1798

20 Dec 1798 The three bomb vessels Strombolo, Perseus and Bulldog armed with their 10 inch and 13 inch mortars arrived off Malta.

Naval Surgeon Thomas Roblyn MD was surgeon of the Bulldog sloop of war on the coast of Egypt and at the blockade and surrender of Malta in 1799.1

29 Dec HMS Bomb Vessel Strombolo disembarked Lieutenant John Vivion, Gunners William Crawford, John Mullholland, and William Willey at Marsaxlokk harbour to man the 10 inch and 13 inch mortars, and the 68–pounder carronade.

1799

11 Jan 1799 HMS Bomb Vessel Perseus landed a detachment of 8 Gnrs, and 1 Cpl at Marsaxlokk Harbour under Lt S. C. Cashell. However, the detachment re-embarked on HMS Alexander on 13 January and rejoined HMS Perseus on 19 January.

29 Jan HMS Bomb Vessel Strombolo returned from her visit to Syracuse. It landed 5 Gnrs at St Paul's Bay bringing the RA in Malta to 1 officer (Vivion James) and 8 men. A gunner died on 24 January 1799. By the end of March 1799, Ball reported to Nelson that of the 11 gunners landed at Malta, two had died and 3 were dangerously ill.

14 Sep William Donaldson was admitted to the British Naval Hospital at Malta from the Stombolo or her tender. On 15 September, Thomas Donnerhugh and in October Dennis Leonard, Brumner Rob, and Rob Thomas were all admitted to hospital. On 31 October, was admitted Richard Gibson; on 2 November Daniel Curry. All were discharged from hospital back to the Stombolo on 15 November 1799.

26 Dec 1799 A detachment of 16 Gnrs, 1 Bdr and 1 Cpl from HMS Bomb Vessels Perseus and Bulldog disembarked at Malta under Lt Samuel Reynell, but these lacked essential winter clothing. This detachment brought the strength of the artillery in Malta to: 2 Officers, 2 Cpls, 1 Bdr, and 23 Gnrs. In addition 3 women: Mrs Walker, Johnston, and McLaughlin accompanied the gunners.

1800 Royal Artillery

3 May 1800 The following detachments arrived from Gibraltar and landed at Marsaxlokk Harbour:

  • Capt J. Boag's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived 19 July 1800. Left December 1805.
    Strength 1 Officer, 1 Sergeant (Sgt), 1 Bdr and 4 Gnrs.
  • Capt R. King's Coy 1 Bn RA. Strength 1 Bdr and 3 Gnrs.
  • Capt M. Neville's Coy 2 Bn RA. Strength 4 Gnrs.
  • Capt H. Framlingham's Coy 4 Bn RA Strength 9 Gnrs.
  • Capt D. Wood's Coy 5 Bn RA. Strength 1 Officer, 4 Gnrs.
  • Capt F. M. Sproule's Coy 5th Bn RA. Strength 1 Officer, 3 Gnrs.

4 July The following detachments arrived at Malta from Minorca on HMS Stately.

  • Capt G. Salmon's Coy 6 Bn RA – Arrived 24 November 1800. Left July 1802.
  • Capt W. Bentham's Coy 3 Bn RA – Arrived 1 December 1800. Left June 1802.
  • Capt D. Grahan's Coy 2 Bn RA. Strength 2 Cpls, 14 Gnrs.

17 July 1800 From December 1799, Lt John Vivion acted as the Quarter Master General on the staff of Brig-Gen Thomas Graham. In July 1800, Vivion wrote to Michele Cachia, who commanded the insurgents at Zejtun, requesting him to provide a house at Zejtun to serve as a regimental hospital for the British Artillery, whose sick were increasing daily.

1801 Royal Artillery

1 Jan 1801 Strength: 304 men (29 sick). The strength of a company of artillery was 142 all ranks. consisting of 5 officers, 1 Quartermaster Sergeant (QMS), 4 Sgts, 4 Cpls, 9 Bdrs, 116 Gnrs, 3 Drms.

Location: HQ at Fort St Elmo.

Oct 1801 557 men (36 Sick) arrived from Egypt.

  • Capt J. Boag's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived 19 July 1800. Left December 1805.
  • Capt G. Salmon's Coy 6 Bn RA – Arrived 24 November 1800. Left July 1802.
  • Capt W. Bentham's Coy 3 Bn RA – Arrived 1 December 1800. Left June 1802.
  • Capt R. Evans' Coy 6 Bn RA – Arrived January 1801. Left July 1802.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.
  • Capt H. T. Thomson's Coy 2 Bn RA – Landed November 1800.

1802 Royal Artillery

21 July 1802 96 men, 8 women and 8 children embarked on the men-of-war Northumberland. They were withdrawn from Malta in compliance with the provision of the Treaty of Amiens.

15 Aug General W. A. Villettes, commanding the Malta garrison, proposed to send the remaining company of artillery to England in the frigate Hind. The company was composed entirely of men engaged for a limited period of service and whose service expired in October 1802. By the end of August 1802 the detachment of the artillery in Malta was reduced to one company only.2

  • Capt J. Boag's Coy 2 Bn RA. – Arrived 19 July 1800. Left December 1805.
  • Capt G. Salmon's Coy 6 Bn RA. – Arrived 24 November 1800 Left July 1802.
  • Capt W. Bentham's Coy 3 Bn RA – Arrived 1 December 1800. Left June 1802.
  • Capt R. Evans' Coy 6 Bn RA – Arrived January 1801. Left July 1802.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

1803 Royal Artillery

24 May 1803 Strength: 246 men.

  • Capt J. Boag's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived 19 July 1800. Left December 1805.
  • Capt R. Buckner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left December 1806.
  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

27 Aug Major F M Sproule received his first payment of £845 11s 6d in prize money from the the proceeds of the property captured on the island of Malta on 4 September 1800.

27 Aug Lt Samuel Reynell received his first payment of £43 4s 6d in prize money from the the proceeds of the property captured on the island of Malta on 4 September 1800. The following Lt of the British royal Artillery also received £43 4s 6d in prize money Alexander Dickson (31 Aug 1803), Thomas Gamble (18 Oct 1803), David Story (12 Jan 1804), Thomas Hughes (9 Mar 1804).

22 Sep 1803 Lt Col James Boag received his first payment of £845 11s 6d in prize money from the the proceeds of the property captured on the island of Malta on 4 September 1800.

1804 Royal Artillery

Up to 1804, medical officers held warrants only from the Master-General of the Ordnance; after 1804, they held commissions from the Crown.

1 Dec 1804 Location: Fort St Elmo. Strength: 460 men.

  • Capt J. Boag's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived 19 July 1800. Left December 1805.
  • Capt R. Buckner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left December 1806.
  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt C. Baynes' Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived March 1804. Left November 1805.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

26 Jan 1804 Captain Thomas Charlton received his first payment of £90 7s 6d in prize money from the the proceeds of the property captured on the island of Malta on 4 September 1800.

1805 Royal Artillery

14 Aug 1805 Strength: 240 men, 0 Sick.

14 Aug Location: HQ Fort St Elmo.

3 Nov 1805 Detachments joined Lt Gen Sir James Craig's Expedition for Naples.

  • Capt J. Boag's Coy 2 Bn RA. – Arrived 19 July 1800. Left December 1805.
  • Capt R. Buckner's Coy 5 Bn RA. – Arrived April 1803. Left December 1806.
  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA. – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt C. Baynes' Coy 8 Bn RA. – Arrived March 1804. Left November 1805.
  • Capt J. Harris' Coy 6 Bn RA. – Arrived June 1805. Left November 1805.
  • Capt R. Pym's Coy 8 Bn RA. – Arrived August 1805. Left November 1805.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA. – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

1806 Royal Artillery

18 July 1806 Explosion of a gun powder magazine at Vittoriosa. On 16 July Lt Col Bentham commanding the Royal Artillery in Malta, ordered Capt Gamble, officer in charge of the artillery in the Cottonera District, through Mr Rutter, the Ordnance Commissary, to unload shells from the magazine in Vittoriosa, in order that they might be sent to Sicily. Capt Gamble passed the order to Bdr Anderson, Garrison Gunner. Sgt Robert Anson the laboratory Sgt had been ordered to show Bdr Anderson how to draw the powder from live shells. Anderson was told to carry the shells as far as possible from the magazine previous to unloading them. The cause of the explosion was disobedience of orders by Bdr Anderson, but Capt Gamble was relieved of his command for failing to provide adequate supervision by a more senior officer.

On the evening of 16 July, Gnr Robert Cresey was one of the working party in the magazine of Vittoriosa, where he assisted in the unloading of several shells. At the Court of Enquiry held in Valletta on 21 July 1806, he stated that the boxes containing the shells were opened with an iron chisel. That seeing much danger in carrying on such work in the magazine he remonstrated with Bdr Anderson who desired him to mind his own business. The magazine blew up on the 18th July killing the working party consisting of an NCO and 12 gunners.

The Artillery Coys in Malta were:

  • Capt R. Buckner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left December 1806.
  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

1807 Royal Artillery

  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt H. Fraser's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived January 1807. Left April 1809.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

1808 Royal Artillery

The Ordnance Medical Department was a separate establishment from the Army Medical Department.

  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt H. Fraser's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived January 1807. Left April 1809.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

Gnr William Kilpatrick, RA died 2 Nov 1808 aged 27 years. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

1809 Royal Artillery

  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt H. Fraser's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived January 1807. Left April 1809.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

William Brown, son of George and Gwen Brown Royal Artillery died 16 Oct 1809, aged 5 years and 7 months. Also Sibellah Brown, daughter of George and Gwen Brown Royal Artillery born on 12 March, died 16 April 1809. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

1810 Royal Artillery

Strength: 248 men.

  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt R.W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

1811 Royal Artillery

  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA. – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA. – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt W. M. Leake's Coy 10 Bn RA. – Arrived April 1811. Left July 1816.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

1812 Royal Artillery

Strength: 392 men.

  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt W. M. Leake's Coy 10 Bn RA – Arrived April 1811. Left July 1816.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

1813 Royal Artillery

Strength: 387 men.

Location: Fort St Elmo : 1 Capt, 1 Surgeon, 5 Subalterns, 22 NCO, 231 Gnrs, and 4 Drms.

  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt W. M. Leake's Coy 10 Bn RA – Arrived April 1811. Left July 1816.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

1814 Royal Artillery

In 1814, a separate medical department for the Ordnance appears in the Army List. By a Royal Warrant dated 14 February 1814, this department became known as the Medical Establishment for the Military and Civil Departments of the Ordnance.

Strength: 377 men.

  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt W. M. Leake's Coy 10 Bn RA – Arrived April 1811. Left July 1816.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

1815 Royal Artillery

Strength: 394 men, located at Fort St Elmo Valletta.

  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt W. M. Leake's Coy 10 Bn RA – Arrived April 1811. Left July 1816.
  • Capt R. W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

1816 Royal Artillery

20 Mar 1816 100 men embarked for the Ionian Islands.

6 Aug A detachment including an assistant surgeon arrived from the Ionian Islands.

  • Capt W. H. Gardner's Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived April 1803. Left November 1816.
  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt W. M. Leake's Coy 10 Bn RA – Arrived April 1811. Left July 1816.
  • Capt T. Gamble's Coy 6 Bn RA – Arrived from Genoa 4 March 1816. Left February 1822.
  • Capt H. Hickman's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived from Genoa 4 March 1816. Left for Woolwich 15 May 1819.
  • Capt Grant's Coy 2 Bn RA – Left for Corfu on 26 April 1816, but returned to Malta 1 July.
    Embarked for Woolwich 1 August 1816.
  • Capt Wilkinson's Coy 5 Bn RA – Left for Corfu on 20 March 1816, but returned to Malta in August.
    Embarked for Woolwich 1 November 1816.
  • Capt Pierce's Coy 8 Bn RA.
  • Capt Cobble's Coy 10 Bn RA – Left for Corfu in July 1816.
  • Capt R.W. Adye's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived October 1801. Left April 1816.

1817 Royal Artillery

Strength: 205 men.

  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt T. Gamble's Coy 6 Bn RA – Arrived from Genoa 4 March 1816. Left February 1822.
  • Capt H. Hickman's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived from Genoa 4 March 1816. Left for Woolwich 15 May 1819.

1818 Royal Artillery

Strength: 184 men. Location: Fort St Elmo Valletta.

  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt T. Gamble's Coy 6 Bn RA – Arrived from Genoa 4 March 1816. Left February 1822.
  • Capt H. Hickman's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived from Genoa 4 March 1816. Left for Woolwich 15 May 1819.

1819 Royal Artillery

18 Jan 1819 The detachment left Malta.

Strength: 181 men.

  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt T. Gamble's Coy 6 Bn RA – Arrived from Genoa 4 March 1816. Left February 1822.
  • Capt H. Hickman's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived from Genoa 4 March 1816. Left for Woolwich 15 May 1819.

The half yearly return, (21 June to 20 December 1819), recorded a total of 10 officers, 37 women, and 87 children on the strength of the Royal Artillery in Malta. The average number of men during this period was 186. There was a total of 75 admissions with 3 deaths, and an average of 8 sick soldiers a day. Two of the deaths were from pneumonia and phthisis pulmonalis. There were 9 admissions for febris continua communis during the period, but no deaths.

A gunner who had been discharged from hospital as having recovered from mania, threw himself over the line wall under Fort Elmo, a height of 40 to 50 feet. The men who was either drunk or insane, escaped death, but fractured his right leg.

Alexander McHaughton killed himself by jumping over the parapet at St Elmo.

1820 Royal Artillery

  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt T. Gamble's Coy 6 Bn RA – Arrived from Genoa 4 March 1816. Left February 1822.

The following were baptised in 1820:

  • 16 Jan George Wilson son of Gnr William and Margaret Wilson, born on 31 December 1819.
  • 23 Jan Elizabeth Lyons daughter of Gnr Hugh and Alice Lyons, born on 1 January 1820.
  • 23 Mar John James Frederick Hoddinott Bissett son of Capt Daniel Bissett RA and Henrietta, born on 28 July 1819.
  • 16 Apr James Watson son of Gnr James Watson and Anne, born on 27 March 1820.
  • 17 May John Hunt son of Bdr Samuel Hunt and Elizabeth, born on 25 April 1820.
  • 21 May Norval Gray son of Sgt William Gray and Bridget, born on 23 April 1820.
  • 8 Oct George Lawson son of Cpl James Lawson and Margaret born on 24 September 1820.
  • 12 Nov James Black son of Sgt Maj Thomas Black and Margaret born on 27 October 1820.
  • 19 Nov Sarah Cranfield daughter of Gnr James and Mary Cranfield born on 31 October 1820.
  • 26 Nov John Robinson Drew son of Lt Richard Robinson Drew and Gerolima, born on 12 November 1820.
  • 4 Dec Henry Charles Russell son of Captain Henry Charles and Mary Anne Russell, born on 1 November 1820.

1821 Royal Artillery

  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805. Left February 1822.
  • Capt T. Gamble's Coy 6 Bn RA – Arrived from Genoa 4 March 1816. Left February 1822.

The following were married in 1821:

  • 24 Jan Bachelor Gnr John Forbes to Mary Anne Clithero, spinster daughter of Gnr Robert Clithero RA.
  • 1 Aug Bachelor Bdr Peter Smith to Sarah Carroll, spinster of the Parish of St Mary in the City of Dublin.

The following were baptised in 1821:

  • 14 Jan Charles Riggott son of Gnr Joseph Riggott and Anne, born on 31 December 1820.
  • 1 Apr Thomas Plumkett son of Cpl Thomas Plumkett and Susan, born on 17 February 1821.
  • 9 Apr Richard Say Armstrong Bissett son of Captain Daniel Bissett and Henrietta, born on 24 January 1821.
  • 15 Apr Richard Rouse son of Cpl John Rouse and Anne, born on 3 April 1821.
  • 17 June Jane McCallon daughter of Acting Bdr James McCallon and Jane, born on 7 June 1821.
  • 12 Aug Mary Anne Saunders daughter of Gnr Thomas Saunders and Mary Anne, born on 25 July 1821.
  • 9 Sep Charlotte Morrison daughter of Sgt Charles Morrison and Margaret, born on 29 August 1821.
  • 28 Oct Amer Hastings son of Gnr Amer Hastings and Sarah, born on 14 October 1821.

1822 Royal Artillery

18 Feb 1822 120 Men, 21 Women, and 59 Children arrived at Malta. Detachment at Corfu.

  • Capt W. Carey's Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived July 1805 Left February 1822.
  • Capt T. Gamble's Coy 6 Bn RA – Arrived from Genoa 4 March 1816. Left February 1822.
  • Capt J. Addams' Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.
  • Capt P. Campbell's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.

The following were married in 1822:

  • 14 May Bachelor Gnr George Bentley to Anne McGuiggan, widow of Gnr John McGuiggan RA.
  • 28 July Bachelor Acting Bdr Peter Taylor to Mary Anne Moffett, a spinster, daughter of Cpl Michael Moffett RA.
  • 11 Oct Bachelor Sgt John Lindsay to Mary Gilchrist, of Campbelltown in the County of Argyll, Scotland, a spinster now living in the family of D Macnab Esq Deputy Assistant Commissary General.

The following were baptised in 1822:

  • 20 Jan Jane Forbes daughter of Gnr John Forbes and Mary Anne, born on 19 December 1821.
  • 10 Feb Mary Cleghorn Stewart daughter of Gnr James Stewart and Jane, born on 29 January 1822.
  • 21 Apr William Wilson son of Bdr William Wilson and Elizabeth, born on 30 March 1822.
  • 26 July James Intrepid Foster son of Sgt John Foster and Elizabeth, born on 19 July 1822.
  • 26 July William Henry Cunningham son of Sgt Patrick Cunningham and Isabella, born on 15 July 1822.
  • 27 July Sarah Bright daughter of Gnr William Bright and Margaret, born on 22 July 1822.
  • 11 Aug James Fletcher son of Gnr Matthew Fletcher and Margaret, born on 26 July 1822.
  • 15 Aug Isabella Drew daughter of Lt Richard Drew and Girolama, born on 2 August 1822.
  • 28 Oct Alfred Angelo Simmons son of Lt Thomas Frederick Simmons and Mary, born on 24 September 1822.
  • 1 Dec Jane Grecey daughter of Bdr John Grecey and Catharine, born on 11 November 1822.

1823 Royal Artillery

Strength: 125 men. Detachment at Corfu.

  • Capt J. Addams' Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.
  • Capt P. Campbell's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.

The following were married in 1823:

  • 21 Jan Bachelor Capt Thomas Atchison RA of Fort St Angelo to Catharine Tomlinson, widow of Paymaster Richard Tomlinson 28th Regiment.
  • 22 Jan Bachelor Gnr John Siddon to Anne Preston, spinster of the Parish of Enscombe in the County of Somerset.
  • 2 Dec Bachelor Cpl Jeremiah Hirst of the Parish of Kirkheaton in the County of York to Mary Hudson, spinster daughter of Sgt Maj Richard Hudson New South Wales Corps, deceased.

The following were baptised in 1823:

  • 5 Jan Mary Anne Elizabeth Allan daughter of Cpl Charles Allan and Catharine, born on 13 December 1822.
  • 19 Jan Elizabeth McClelland daughter of Sgt John McClelland Garrison Gunner at Fort St Angelo and Elizabeth his wife, born on 1 January 1823.
  • 11 May Mary Nelson daughter of Cpl Samuel Nelson and Fanny, born on 29 April 1823.
  • 15 May George Parsons son of Acting Sgt Major James Simpson and Margaret, born on 22 April 1823.
  • 25 May Mary Jane Taylor daughter of Gnr Ephrain Taylor and Mary, born on 12 May 1823.
  • 25 May George Thompson son of Gnr and Margaret, born on 11 May 1823.
  • 29 June Alice Robinson daughter of Gnr George Robinson and Anne, born on 17 June 1823.
  • 1 July John Macvie son of Gnr Thomas Macvie and Jane, born on 18 June 1823.
  • 1 July Alexander Stewart son of Gnr James Stewart and Jane, born on 22 June 1823.
  • 5 Oct Mary Wilson daughter of Gnr William Wilson and Mary, born on 4 October 1823.
  • 12 Oct Elizabeth Laird daughter of Gnr Gardner Laird and Sarah, born on 28 September 1823.

The following were buried in 1823:

  • 8 Jan Gnr James Fordes aged 32 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).
  • 4 Oct Pte William Boele in Brevet Maj Addison's Coy RA, aged 29 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).

On 9 August and 10 August 1823, Captain Thomas Atchison 2nd Captain Royal Regiment of Artillery and Lieutenant George Francis Dawson RA commanding the detachment at Fort St Angelo, disobeyed orders in refusing to fire petard salutes from Fort St Angelo and tolling the bell from St Michael's Tower on the eve and anniversary of the feast of St Lorenzo, the tutelar saint of Vittoriosa. Both were tried by General Court Martial held at Valletta on 24 March 1824. It had been the accepted custom for salutes to be fired by the Royal Artillery on certain festivals celebrated by the Maltese under orders issued by the General Commanding to whom application was made by the Civil Government. Captain Atchison and Lieutenant Dawson considered the order an idolatrous act of worship contrary to their Protestant faith and refused to execute it.

1824 Royal Artillery

Strength: 119 men.

  • Capt J. Addams' Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.
  • Capt P. Campbell's Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.

29 Oct 1824 Bachelor Gnr William Cameron married Mary Thompson, spinster daughter of Gnr George Thompson RA.

The following were baptised in 1824:

  • 5 Jan Thomas Atchison son of Captain Thomas Atchison and Catharine, born on 14 October 1823.
  • 5 Jan William Atchison son of Captain Thomas Atchison and Catharine, born on 14 October 1823.
  • 25 Jan Ellen Warburton daughter of Gnr Peter Warburton and Mary, born on 6 January 1824.
  • 26 Jan John Addams son of Brevet Major James Addams and Sophia, born on 6 December 1823.
  • 1 Feb William Henry London son of Gnr William London and Isabella, born on 13 December 1823.
  • 4 Feb Mary Lindsay daughter of Sgt John Lindsay and Mary, born on 30 December 1823.
  • 18 Feb John Wilson son of Gnr William Wilson and Elizabeth, born on 28 January 1824.
  • 29 Feb Jane Elizabeth Telfer daughter of Gnr Thomas Telfer and Mary, born on 2 January 1824.
  • 7 Mar Isabella Taylor daughter of Acting Bdr Peter Taylor and Mary Anne, born on 20 February 1824.
  • 28 Mar Thomas McCoull son of of Cpl Archibald McCoull and Mary Anne, born on 13 March 1824.
  • 18 Apr Thomas Gracey son of Bdr John Gracey and Catharine, born on 24 March 1824.
  • 13 June James Micklewright son of Gnr Joseph Micklewright and Elizabeth, born on 29 May 1824.
  • 22 Aug Alexander Hall son of Gnr Robert Hall and Mary, born on 2 Aug 1824.
  • 26 Sep William Fletcher son of Gnr Matthew Fletcher and Margaret, born on 1 September 1824.
  • 26 Sep John Fletcher son of Gnr Matthew Fletcher and Margaret, born on 1 September 1824.
  • 31 Oct James Hirst son of Cpl Jeremiah Hirst and Mary, born on 7 October 1824.
  • 7 Nov John McClelland son of Sgt John McClelland and Elizabeth, born on 29 October 1824.
  • 14 Nov Patience Marcroft daughter of Drm Joseph Marcroft and Eliza, born on 16 October 1824.
  • 25 Nov Augusta Sophia Gardner daughter of the Hon Lt Col William Henry Gardner and Eliza Lydia, born on 26 October 1824.
  • 12 Dec Mary Anne Wilson daughter of Gnr William Wilson and Mary, born on 24 November 1824.

14 May 1824 Burial of Gnr George Neil of Maj Addam's Coy 4th Battalion RA, aged 33 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).

24 Mar Trial by General Court Martial at Valletta of Captain Thomas Atchison and Lieutenant George Francis Dawson for disobeyed orders in refusing on 9 and 10 August 1823 to fire petard salutes in honour of the feast of St Lorenzo, patron saint of Vittoriosa.

1825 Royal Artillery

Jan 1825 In 1825, the companies of artillery ceased to be called by the name of their commander followed by the battalion number.

  • No 3 Coy 4 Bn RA. (Capt J. Addams' Coy 8 Bn RA) – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.
  • No 2 Coy 2 Bn RA. (Capt P. Campbell's Coy 2 Bn RA) – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.

18 July 1825 Captain Thomas Atchison and Lieutenant George Francis Dawson RA were dismissed from His Majesty's Service by Order of a Court Martial held in March 1824, for disobedience of orders, insubordination and unofficer like conduct in not carrying into execution the orders that were conveyed to them by letter from Acting Adjutant Somerville RA on the 9 August 1823, desiring that they would give directions for firing salutes at Fort St Angelo on the 9th and 10th August 1823 and for writing a letter dated the 9th August addressed to Major Addams, their commanding officer hesitating and remonstrating against carrying the said order into effect.

The following were married in 1825:

  • 7 Mar Bachelor Gnr Thomas Ash to Eliza Hicks, spinster of the Parish of Yatton in the County of Somerset.
  • 29 Nov Bachelor Lt Horace Mathias to Georgiana Long, widow of Edward Lawson Long, Purser in the Royal Navy.

The following were baptised in 1825:

  • 30 Jan Catherine Robinson daughter of Gnr George and Anne Robinson, born on 17 January 1825.
  • 6 Feb Isabella Miller daughter of Gnr James and Sarah Miller, born on 16 January 1825.
  • 6 Feb Elizabeth Watson daughter of Gnr Arthur and Isabella Watson, born on 17 January 1825.
  • 27 Feb Elizabeth Henderson Mortimer daughter of Gnr Charles James and Anne Mortimer, born on 28 January 1825.
  • 6 Mar Jane Mason daughter of Gnr Henry and Mary Mason, born on 13 February 1825.
  • 13 Mar Martha Davidson daughter of Gnr Hugh and Martha Davidson, born on 20 February 1825.
  • 20 Mar Charles Taylor son of Gnr Ephraim and Mary Taylor, born on 12 March 1825.
  • 21 Mar James Paul Drew son of Lt Richard Robinson Drew and Gerolima, born on 8 January 1825.
  • 10 Apr Thomas Seddons son of Gnr John and Anne Seddons, born on 30 March 1825.
  • 6 May Agnes McCoull daughter of Cpl Archibald McCoull and Mary, born on 26 February 1825.
  • 8 May Jane Scott Stewart daughter of Gnr James Stewart and Jane, born on 20 April 1825.
  • 26 June Elizabeth Thompson daughter of Gnr George Thompson and Margaret, born on 16 June 1825.
  • 28 June Robert Atkins Rogers son of Lt Robert Atkins Rogers and Martha, born on 16 June 1825.
  • 3 July Eliza Catherine Mathison daughter of Gnr Thomas Mathison and Isabella, born on 21 June 1825.
  • 21 Aug George Bentley son of Gnr George Bentley and Anne, born on 12 August 1825.
  • 18 Sep Benjamin Lindsay son of Sgt John Lindsay and Mary, born on 4 September 1825.
  • 20 Nov Claudius Wilson son of Bdr William Wilson and Elizabeth, born on 31 October 1825.
  • 20 Nov William Cameron son of Gnr William Cameron and Mary, born on 26 October 1825.
  • 6 Dec Elizabeth Nelson daughter of Cpl Daniel Nelson and Frances, born on 5 December 1825.

1 Aug 1825 Gnr Thomas Patton 4th Bn RA, aged 35 years was buried at the Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana.

1826 Royal Artillery

  • No 3 Coy 4 Bn RA. (Capt J. Addams' Coy 8 Bn RA) – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.
  • No 2 Coy 2 Bn RA. (Capt P. Campbell's Coy 2 Bn RA) – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.

The following were married in 1826:

  • 1 Mar Bachelor Lt Thomas Akers Shone of the Parish of Bloomsbury London to Margaret Askinville Ross, spinster of Calcutta East Indies.
  • 11 April Bachelor Sgt William James Shivres to Eliza Cranfield, daughter of Gnr James Cranfield RA, deceased.
  • 16 May Bachelor Acting Bdr William Telfer to Euphemia Wallace, of Glamis in the County of Forfar Scotland, widow of Sgt Wallace RA.
  • 16 Aug Bachelor Acting Bdr Adam Beveridge to Jane McGuiggan, daughter of Gnr John McGuiggin RA, deceased.

The following were baptised in 1826:

  • 1 Jan Elizabeth Ash daughter of Gnr Thomas Ash and Eliza, born on 15 December 1825.
  • 8 Jan Elizabeth Macfarlane daughter of Gnr John Macfarlane and Anne, born on 28 December 1825.
  • 15 Jan John Telfer son of Gnr Thomas Telfer and Mary, born on 1 January 1826.
  • 12 Feb Louisa Taylor daughter of Gnr Peter Taylor and Mary Ann, born on 30 January 1826.
  • 12 Feb Alice Warburton daughter of Gnr Peter Warburton and Mary, born on 29 January 1826.
  • 19 Feb Charlotte Gracey daughter of Bde John Gracey and Catherine, born on 28 December 1825.
  • 14 Mar Camillo Montebello Drew son of Lt Richard Robinson Drew and Gerolima, born on 23 January 1826.
  • 4 Apr William Simpson son of Assistant Sgt Major James Simpson and Margaret, born on 7 March 1826.
  • 7 May Anne Duffus daughter of Bdr George Duffus and Elizabeth, born on 13 April 1826.
  • 7 May Elizabeth London daughter of Gnr William London and Isabella, born on 17 April 1826.
  • 27 Aug Catherine Laird daughter of Gnr Gardner Laird and Sarah, born on 6 August 1826.
  • 17 Sep Joseph William Harvey son of Gnr William Harvey and Elleanor, born on 6 September 1826.
  • 15 Oct John William Matheson son of Gnr Thomas Matheson and Isabella, born on 27 September 1826.
  • 5 Nov Maria Miller daughter of Gnr James Miller and Sarah, born on 30 October 1826.
  • 26 Nov William Micklewright son of Gnr Joseph Micklewright and Elizabeth, born on 13 November 1826.

Sep 1826 Burial of Solomon Wilding of Maj Mitchell's Coy RA, aged 44 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).

1827 Royal Artillery

  • No 3 Coy 4 Bn RA. (Capt J. Addams' Coy 8 Bn RA) – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.
  • No 2 Coy 2 Bn RA. (Capt P. Campbell's Coy 2 Bn RA) – Arrived January 1822. Left April 1828.

In 1827, the establishment of the hospital of the Ordnance in Valletta consisted of a steward at 9 pence a day, and an orderly on 6 pence a day, who also acted as a cook. The duties of the steward were to buy the provisions and issue them to the patients according to the daily diet table, to take charge of the stores, to attend to the comforts of the patients and to ensure that the orders of the surgeon were carried out. The duties of the orderly were to attend the sick, keep the ward clean, and cook the victuals. Some of the convalescents were appointed by the surgeon to assist the orderly in attending the sick, whenever there was a large number of patients.

There were five types of diets: Full, Half, Low, Fever or Spoon, and Milk. A scale of the diets was hung on each ward, as also was the diet table, daily filled in by the surgeon, so that each patient could see which class of diet had been ordered for him, and the quantity of each article composing it. From these daily diet tables the surgeon prepared his monthly statement of the expenditure of the hospital, according to an established form, in which he entered fully the quantity of each article and its price. He also included in this form the wages of the servants, the cost of the laundry, and contingent expenses with an abstract of the cash received and expanded. This statement was examined and compared with the receipts and vouchers by a Board consisting of a captain and two subalterns and transmitted to the Director General at Woolwich every three months.

The washing was charged at 1d a day per patient. This included the bedding of every description, round towels and all item of clothing. To meet the expenses of the hospital, patients were charged a stoppage of just under 9d a day, which the surgeon received and accounted for in his monthly abstract. The surgeon returned any surplus cash to the store keeper.

The following were married in 1827:

  • 4 June Bachelor Bdr Daniel McCollom to Mary Cranfield, widow of Gnr James Cranfield RA.
  • 16 Oct Widower Bdr Robert McKibbin to Frances Jobson, spinster of Workington in the County of Cumberland.

The following were baptised in 1827:

  • 21 Jan Augusta Mary Matilda Telfer daughter of Acting Bdr William Telfer and Euphemia, born on 19 December 1826.
  • 11 Feb Elizabeth Stewart daughter of Gnr James Stewart and Jane, born on 2 February 1827.
  • 18 Feb Horatia Mathias daughter of Lt Horace Mathias and Georgiana, born on 22 Jan 1827.
  • 25 Feb George Thompson son of Gnr George Thompson and Margaret, born on 13 Feb 1827.
  • 8 Apr Sarah Hirst daughter of Sgt Jeremiah Hirst and Mary, born on 24 March 1827.
  • 11 June Henry Ffarington Gardner son of the Hon Colonel William Henry Gardner and Eliza Lydia, born on 15 May 1827.
  • 1 July Agnes Davidson daughter of Gnr Hugh Davidson and Martha, born on 16 June 1827.
  • 9 Sep Alexander Macbean son of Capt Forbes Macbean and Eliza, born on 5 Aug 1827.
  • 9 Sep James Warburton son of Gnr Peter Warburton and Mary, born on 28 Aug 1827.
  • 9 Sep Margaret Robinson daughter of Gnr George Robinson and Anne, born on 9 September 1827 and publicly received into the church on 23 September 1827.
  • 7 Oct Aneas Fletcher son of Gnr Matthew Fletcher and Margaret, born on 25 September 1827.
  • 7 Oct Mary Ann Onyx daughter of Gnr John Keenan and Margaret, born on 10 September 1827.
  • 21 Oct George Cameron son of Gnr William Cameron and Mary, born on 13 October 1827.
  • 21 Oct Susannah Mcfarlane daughter of Gnr John Mcfarlane and Anne, born on 11 October 1827.
  • 31 Oct James Lowden son of Gnr William Lowden and Elizabeth, born on 28 October 1827.
  • 2 Dec Margaret Duffes daughter of Cpl George Duffes and Elizabeth, born on 10 November 1827.
  • 22 Dec Isabella Watson daughter of Gnr Arthur Watson and Isabella, born on 12 December 1827 and publicly admitted into the church on 6 January 1828.

The following were buried in 1827:

  • 22 July Elizabeth Matheson wife of Gnr Matheson RA, aged 32 years. Also John William Matheson her son died 27 July 1827, aged 10 months (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).
  • 11 Dec Bdr William Wilson of Brevet Major Douglas' Coy 2nd Bn RA, aged 40 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).

1828 Royal Artillery

  • No 3 Coy 4 Bn RA. (Capt J. Addams' Coy 8 Bn RA) – Arrived January 1822. Left 18 April 1828 for Woolwich.
  • No 2 Coy 2 Bn RA. (Capt P. Campbell's Coy 2 Bn RA) – Arrived January 1822. Left 18 April 1828 for Woolwich.
  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived from Woolwich on 26 March 1828 under the command of Capt W Greene.
    Left April 1841.
  • No 2 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived from Dublin on 26 March 1828 under the command of Capt F Campbell.
    Left January 1836.

The following were baptised in 1828:

  • 3 Jan William Wilson son of Bdr William Wilson deceased and Elizabeth, born on 12 January 1828 and publicly received into the church on 20 January 1828.
  • 2 Mar Anne Beveridge daughter of Bdr Adam Beveridge and Jane, born on 7 February 1828.
  • 6 Apr Thomas Suffield Smith son of Acting Bdr James Smith and Mary, born on 2 February 1828.
  • 15 Apr James Macbeth son of Gnr James Macbeth and Mary, born on 13 April 1828.
  • 4 May Sarah Anne Shand daughter of Acting Sgt Major James Shand and Helen, born on 12 April 1828.
  • 15 June Thomas Bremner son of Sgt Thomas Bremner and Margaret, born on 3 June 1828.
  • 3 Aug Elizabeth Keith Anderson daughter of Cpl James Anderson and Elizabeth, born on 24 February 1828 was publicly received in the church.
  • 25 Dec Charlotte Tayler daughter of Gnr George Tayler and Rachel, born on 10 October 1828.

1829 Royal Artillery

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived from Woolwich in March 1828 under the command of Capt W Greene. Left April 1841.
  • No 2 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived from Dublin in March 1828 under the command of Capt F Campbell. Left January 1836.

25 Dec 1829 Lt Col Gamble was appointed Principal Commandant of the Ordnance Department at Malta, vice the Hon. Col Gardener.

The following were baptised in 1829:

  • 15 Mar Joseph McKay son of Gnr Peter McKay and Jane, born on 24 February 1829.
  • 5 Apr Elizabeth Margaret Graham daughter of Bdr William Graham and Maria, born on 25 March 1829.
  • 7 June John Cranston son of Cpl George Cranston and Elizabeth, born on 19 May 1829.
  • 23 June Sidney Baynton Farrell son of Lt John Sidney Farrell and Mary, born on 26 March 1829.
  • 20 Sep John George Gray son of Cpl George Gray and Phebe, born on 15 July 1829.
  • 27 Sep James Cameron son of Gnr William Cameron and Mary, born on 6 September 1829.
  • 3 Dec Edward Adams son of Gnr James Adams and Elizabeth, born on 20 November 1829.

1830 Royal Artillery

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived from Woolwich in March 1828 under the command of Capt W Greene. Left April 1841.
  • No 2 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived from Dublin in March 1828 under the command of Capt F Campbell. Left January 1836.

The following were baptised in 1830:

  • 3 Jan Nathanael Grant son of Bdr Nathanael Grant and Jennet, born on 18 December 1829.
  • 18 Apr Matilda Dickson daughter of Cpl James Dickson and Isabella born on 5 April 1830.
  • 16 May James John Shand son of Acting Sgt Major James Shand and Helen, born on 1 May 1830.
  • 23 May Julia Elizabeth Anderson daughter of Sgt James Anderson and Elizabeth, born on 8 May 1830.
  • 26 Sep William Smith son of Bdr James Smith and Mary, born on 7 September 1830.
  • 9 Nov Patrick McGuirk son of Cpl William McGuirk and Mary Anne, born on 12 October 1830 and publicly received into the church on 28 November 1830.
  • 30 Nov Geraldine Fassell twin daughter of Lt John Sydney Fassell and Mary, born on 13 October 1830.
  • 30 Nov Adelaide Fassell twin daughter of Lt John Sydney Fassell and Mary, born on 13 October 1830.
  • 12 Dec George Bremner son of Sgt Thomas Bremner and Margaret, born on 6 November 1830.
  • 22 Dec Maria Graham daughter of Acting Bdr William Graham and Maria, born on 29 November 1830.
  • 25 Dec John Wilkinson son of Gnr Francis Wilkinson and Jane, born on 11 December 1830.

The following were buried in 1830:

  • 26 June Gnr–Dvr John Minific of Captain Tylee's Coy 3rd Bn RA.
  • 18 July Thomas Bremner aged 2 years, son of Thomas and Margaret Bremner.
  • 2 Nov Anne Vicker aged 32 years, wife of Sgt D Vicker Royal Artillery and Garrison Gunner.

1831 Royal Artillery

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left April 1841.
  • No 2 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left January 1836.

The following were married in 1831:

  • 15 Aug Bachelor Acting Bdr William Hickin 5th Battalion RA of Captain Gray's Company to Elizabeth Astill, spinster aged 22 years.
  • 3 Sep Widower Sgt Daniel Nicker 4th Battalion RA of Captain Chesney's Company to Emma Larner, spinster aged 29 years.

The following were baptised in 1831:

  • 9 Jan James Upshire son of Gnr John Upshire and Phoebe, born on 2 December 1830.
  • 13 Mar Elizabeth Taylor daughter of Gnr George Taylor and Rachel, born on 8 February 1831.
  • 3 Apr Alfred Goodlett Abbott son of Acting Bdr Samuel Abbott and Cordella Caroline, born on 27 January 1831.
  • 8 May Elizabeth Singer daughter of Gnr Lambert Singer and Margaret, born on 12 April 1831.
  • 5 June Andrew Lowden son of Gnr William Lowden and Elizabeth, born on 16 April 1831.
  • 24 Oct Sarah Adams daughter of Gnr James Adams and Elizabeth, born on 12 October 1831.
  • 13 Nov Eleanor Agnes Henderson daughter of Sgt Edward Henderson and Hannah, born on 1 November 1831.
  • 4 Dec Amy Cranston daughter of Cpl George Cranston and Elizabeth, born on 8 November 1831.

The following were buried in 1831:

  • 23 Feb George Bremner aged 3 months, son of Sgt Thomas and Margaret Bremner.
  • 23 Mar Lambert James Singer aged 11 months son of Margaret and Gnr Singer.
  • 4 May Gnr Alexander Ross aged 22 years.
  • 10 Sep Cpl George Gray aged 37 years.
  • 12 Oct John George Gray aged 2 years, son of Phebe Gray.

1832 Royal Artillery

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left April 1841.
  • No 2 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left January 1836.

The following were married in 1832:

  • 30 Jan Bachelor Gnr–Dvr Edwin Gwinnel 4th Battalion RA to Anne McBey, spinster daughter of Gnr William McBey RA, deceased.
  • 5 Nov Bachelor Gnr Richard Lee to Catharine McGurk, spinster daughter of Cpl William McGurk RA.

The following were baptised in 1832:

  • 6 May Gregory Grant son of Bdr Nathanael Grant and Janet, born on 6 April 1832.
  • 24 June William Larner Vicker son of Sgt Daniel Vicker and Emma, born on 3 June 1832.
  • 7 Oct David Annan son of Gnr Robert John Annan and Bridget, born on 6 September 1832.
  • 29 Oct William Hickin son of Bdr William Hickin and Elizabeth, born on 3 October 1832.
  • 16 Dec Edmund Gwinnel son of Gnr Edwin Gwinnel and Anne born on 22 November 1832.

The following were buried in 1832:

  • 7 May John Cranston aged 2 years 11 months, son of Cpl George Cranston.
  • 31 July Mary Cameron aged 25 years.
  • 23 Aug William Smith aged 23 months, son of Bdr James Smith.
  • 9 Sep Gnr Robert Faber aged 27 years.

1833 Royal Artillery

Strength: 8 Officers, 154 men, 36 females and 96 children.

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left April 1841.
  • No 2 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left January 1836.

During 1833 the regimental hospital of the Royal Artillery treated 182 patients and recorded the following diseases:

  • Febris Continua Communis: 24 (Total in garrison )
  • Phlegmon and Abscess: 10 (Total in garrison 139)
  • Cynauche Tonsillaris: 3 (Total in garrison 51)
  • Rheumatismus Acutus: 6 (Total in garrison 92)
  • Chronic Rheumatismus: 1 (Total in garrison 7)
  • Catarrhus Acutus: 28 (Total in garrison 513)
  • Chronic Catarrh: 2 (Total in garrison 23)
  • Pneumonia: 3 (Total in garrison 146)
  • Phthisis Pulmonalis: 2 (Total in garrison 22)
  • Cholera: 0 (Total in garrison 21)
  • Diarrhoea: 14 (Total in garrison 184)
  • Syphilis Primitiva: 0 (Total in garrison 196)
  • Syphilis Consecutiva: 0 (Total in garrison 9)
  • Ulcera Penis: 11 (Total in garrison 107)
  • Bubo Simplex: 2 (Total in garrison 74)
  • Gonorrhoea: 14 (Total in garrison 115)
  • Hernia Humoralis: 3 (Total in garrison 45)
  • Morbi Oculorum: 5 (Total in garrison 77)

There were 24 cases of Common Continued Fever during the year with no deaths.

Assistant Inspector of Hospitals John Davy described what was meant by the term Acute Rheumatism. The cases of acute rheumatism were 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.2

Acute catarrh was endemic, affecting equally the native population and the troops. It first appeared in the 42nd in the early winter of 1832 when the regiment was stationed at Floriana Barracks, and then spread to the 7th soon after the regiment relieved the 42nd at Floriana in the beginning of 1833. Acute catarrh next appeared in the 73rd and 94th stationed at Lower St Elmo Valletta when it prevailed in the barracks of the 42nd among the men; the officers of the corps almost entirely escaped it. Cases entered under the heading of pneumonia were actually just acute catarrh. Three deaths returned as chronic catarrh were due to phthisis pulmonalis. 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 prevailed in Malta and in almost every part of Europe during the year.

An officer of the Royal Artillery died from phthisis pulmonalis during the year. He had had the disease for many years. Both lungs and a great portion of his epiglottis were found to be severely diseased on post mortem.

The following were baptised in 1833:

  • 21 Jan Julia Matilda Henderson daughter of Sgt Edward Henderson and Hannah, born on 7 January 1833.
  • 21 Jan Walter Edward Dickson son of Cpl James Dickson and Isabella, born on 28 December 1832.
  • 27 Jan Hannah Matilda Graham daughter of Bdr William Graham and Maria, born on 9 January 1833.
  • 4 Feb Frances Farrell daughter of Lt John Sidney Farrell and Mary, born on 7 September 1832.
  • 9 June Lambert James Singer son of Gnr Lambert Singer and Margaret, born on 20 May 1833.
  • 7 July John James Smith son of Bdr John Smith and Elizabeth, born on 16 June 1833.
  • 14 July Sarah Agnes Smith daughter of Bdr James Smith and Mary, born on 29 June 1833.
  • 11 Aug Elizabeth Rowden daughter of Gnr William Rowden and Elizabeth, born on 22 July 1833.
  • 22 Sep William Upshire son of Gnr John Upshire and Phebe, born on 14 August 1833.

The following were buried in 1833:

  • 22 Jan Capt Lynch Talbot aged 40 years.
  • 21 July Sarah Agnes Smith aged 22 days, daughter of Bdr James and Mary Smith.
  • 23 Aug James Taylor aged 2 months, son of George and Rachel Taylor.
  • 2 Dec Ellen Bremner aged 8 years, daughter of Thomas Bremner.

1834 Royal Artillery

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left April 1841.
  • No 2 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left January 1836.

The following married in 1834:

  • 27 Nov Bachelor Cpl James Braid to Margaret Steadman, spinster daughter of Pte William Steadman 42nd Regiment, deceased.

The following were baptised in 1834:

  • 9 Feb Jane Charlotte Wilkinson daughter of Gnr Francis Wilkinson and Jane born on 27 January 1834.
  • 9 Mar Elizabeth Hicken daughter of Bdr William Hicken and Elizabeth, born on 9 February 1834.
  • 4 July Helen Mackenzie Farrell daughter of Lt John Sidney Farrell and Mary, born on 30 April 1834.
  • 3 Aug Janet Elizabeth Cranston daughter of Gnr George Cranston and Elizabeth, born on 25 June 1834.
  • 28 Sep James Edward Anderson son of Sgt James Anderson and Elizabeth, born on 14 September 1834.
  • 5 Oct William Lee son of Gnr Richard Lee and Catherine, born on 24 September 1834.
  • 2 Nov James Smith son of Bdr James Smith and Mary, born on 15 October 1834.
  • 14 Dec James William Grant son of Bdr Nathanael Grant and Janet born on 22 November 1834.
  • 14 Dec Amelia Graham daughter of Bdr William Graham and Maria born on 28 November 1834.
  • 28 Dec John Annon son of Gnr Robert John Annon and Bridget born on 28 November 1834.

The following were buried in 1834:

  • 21 Mar Sgt James Wrigley aged 32 years.
  • 24 Mar Lambert James Singers aged 10 months, son of Gnr Lambert and Margaret Singers.
  • 10 Apr Gnr George Taylor aged 30 years.
  • 15 July Sarah Adams aged 2 years, daughter of Gnr James Adams.
  • 23 Aug David Annan aged 23 months, son of Robert Annan.
  • 18 Dec Margaret Bremner aged 32 years, wife of Sgt Thomas Bremner.

1835 Royal Artillery

The average strength of the Royal Artillery was 159 men.
On 14 December 1835, a draft of 77 Gnrs arrived from Woolwich on the transport Sovereign.

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left April 1841.
  • No 2 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left January 1836.
  • No 3 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived December 1835. Left December 1844.

During 1835 the regimental hospital recorded the following diseases:

  • Common Continued Fever: 37
  • Phlegmon and Abscess: 13
  • Cynauche Tonsillaris: 2
  • Pneumonia: 1
  • Pleuritis: 5
  • Acute Hepatitis: 1 (1 †)
  • Chronic Hepatitis: 1
  • Erysipelas: 1
  • Phthisis Pulmonalis: 2
  • Catarrhus Acutus: 9 (1 †)
  • Chronic Catarrh: 1
  • Acute Dysentery: 1
  • Diarrhoea: 8
  • Ascites: 1 (1 †)
  • Worms: 2
  • Scrofula: 1
  • Ulcer Penis: 8
  • Bubo Simplex: 2
  • Gonorrhoea: 10 (1 †)
  • Contusion: 37
  • Hernia Humoralis: 3

The following married in 1835:

  • 24 Mar Bachelor Bdr Andrew O'Neill to Elizabeth Steer, spinster of the Parish of Modbury, County Devon.

The following were baptised in 1835:

  • 7 June Isabella Dickson daughter of Cpl James Dickson and Isabella, born on 17 May 1835.
  • 21 June James Curtis Singer son of Gnr Lambert Singer and Margaret, born on 24 May 1835.
  • 16 Aug Elizabeth Addams daughter of Gnr James Addams and Elizabeth, born on 4 August 1835.
  • 20 Dec Mary Ann Bruce daughter of Gnr John Bruce and Rebecca, born on 23 October 1835.
  • 27 Dec Edward Sovereign Cameron son of Cpl Alexander Cameron and Anne, born on 12 October 1835.
  • 27 Dec Samuel Nelson son of Gnr John Nelson and Mary, born on 16 October 1835.

The following were buried in 1835:

  • 21 Mar Gnr William Christie aged 30 years.
  • 15 July Janet Elizabeth Cranston aged 1 year, daughter of George Cranston.
  • 7 Aug James William Grant aged 8 months, son of Bdr N. Grant.
  • 13 Aug Gnr Alexander Ford aged 46 years.
  • 23 Nov Gnr David Colquhun aged 47 years.

1836 Royal Artillery

21 Jan 1836 The Sovereign returned to England with 69 Gnrs.

Strength: 8 Officers, 154 men.

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left April 1841.
  • No 2 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left January 1836.
  • No 3 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived December 1835. Left December 1844.

24 Aug 1836 Widower Sgt Thomas Bremner married Eliza Shine, widow of Sgt William James Shine RA.

The following were baptised in 1836:

  • 3 Jan Mary Ann Young daughter of Gnr Frederick Young and Susan, born on 7 July 1835.
  • 5 Feb William Pardey son of Gnr Peter Pardey and Margaret, born on 28 January 1836.
  • 3 Apr Norman Henry Hewgill son of Lt Percy William Hewgill and Jane born on 4 January 1836.
  • 5 June John Fielding son of Gnr Jonathan Fielding and Rachel, born on 23 April 1836.

The following were buried in 1836:

  • 6 July Samuel Nelson aged 8 months, son of John Nelson.
  • 29 July William Aldrod aged 15 months, son of William Aldrod.
  • 27 Aug Norman Henry Hewgill aged 8 months, son of Lt Percy William and Jane Hewgill.
  • 15 Oct Anne Cameron aged 2 years, daughter of Alexander Cameron.
  • 2 Nov Gnr Richard Wybourn aged 24 years.

1837 Royal Artillery

17 June–18 July 1837 Cholera infected 27 and killed 13 (7 males, 5 females, 1 child).

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left April 1841.
  • No 3 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived December 1835. Left December 1844.

The following were married in 1837:

  • 11 May Bachelor Gnr Robert Gilmour to Anne Dyer, widow of William Dyer 85th Regiment.
  • 14 June Bachelor Lt Gilbert John Lane Buchanan eldest son of Col Buchanan RE to Julia Sophia Hammersley Wallace, spinster daughter of Lt Col Peter Margetson Wallace RA commanding the Royal Artillery at Malta.

The following were baptised in 1837:

  • 30 Apr George Lee son of Bdr Richard Lee and Catherine born on 9 April 1837.
  • 30 Apr Francis Stephen Wilkinson son of Gnr Francis Wilkinson and Jane born on 17 March 1837.
  • 8 May William Grant son of Bdr Nathanael Grant and Janet born on 5 May 1837.
  • 10 Sep Alexander Bruce son of Gnr John Bruce and Rebekah born on 24 August 1837.
  • 3 Dec Martha Heaton daughter of Gnr Thomas Heaton and Mary born on 15 November 1837.
  • 31 Dec Joseph Nelson son of Gnr John Nelson and Mary born on 20 December 1837.

The following were buried in 1837:

  • 16 Feb Henry Fielding aged 6 years, son of Gnr Jonathan Fielding.
  • 4 Mar John Fielding aged 10 months, son of Gnr Jonathan Fielding.
  • 28 Mar Gnr George Thacker aged 31 years.

1838 Royal Artillery

Strength: 38 men.

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left April 1841.
  • No 3 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived December 1835. Left December 1844.

The following were married in 1838:

  • 25 Jan Bachelor Acting Bdr Giles Pinfold to Anne Hoyles, widow of Pte Daniel Hoyles 70th Regiment.
  • 6 June Bachelor Gnr–Dvr James Doran to Margaret Sloane, spinster.
  • 17 Sep Bachelor Bdr Allan Pettigrew of Lt Col Chesney's Coy 4th Bn RA to Mary Anne Pritchard, spinster and minor having the consent of her father Barrack Sgt Pritchard.

The following were baptised in 1838:

  • 4 Feb Anne Jane Fielding daughter of Gnr Jonathan Fielding and Rachel born on 19 January 1838.
  • 4 Mar Anne Mann Proctor daughter of Bdr Charles Proctor and Ellen born on 4 February 1838.
  • 23 Mar Thomas Perdy son of Gnr Peter Perdy and Margaret born on 13 March 1838.
  • 9 June Emma Young daughter of Gnr Frederick Young and Susanna born on 24 May 1838.
  • 17 June John Cameron son of Sgt Alexander Cameron and Anne born on 2 June 1838.
  • 21 Aug James Henry Amman son of Gnr Robert Amman and Bridget born on 11 August 1838.

1839 Royal Artillery

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left April 1841.
  • No 3 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived December 1835. Left December 1844.

The following were married in 1839:

  • 11 Apr Bachelor Cpl William Cairns to Mary Ann Laven, spinster daughter of Sgt Patrick Laven 59th Regiment.
  • 6 Aug Bachelor Sgt Thomas Rule to Mary Rafferty a spinster daughter of army pensioner Hugh Rafferty, formerly a gunner in the same regiment.

The following were baptised in 1839:

  • 25 Apr Mary Jane Pinfold daughter of Acting Bdr Giles Pinfold and Anne born on 13 April 1839.
  • 25 Apr Catherine Beevor Wynne daughter of Lt Lowry William Montgomery Wynne and Elizabeth Sophia born on 22 April 1839.
  • 6 June Samuel Wilkinson son of Gnr Francis Wilkinson and Jane born on 18 May 1839.
  • 14 July Margaret Bruce daughter of Gnr John Bruce and Rebecca, born on 26 June 1839.
  • 30 Sep Gilbert John Coleridge Buchanan son of Lt Gilbert John Lane Buchanan and Julia Sophia Hammersley, born on 29 August 1839.
  • 13 Oct George Strugnell son of Gnr John Strugnell and Anne, born on 26 September 1839.
  • 24 Oct Margaret Jane Pettigrew daughter of Bdr Allan Pettigrew and Mary Ann, born on 25 September 1839.
  • 3 Nov William Nelson son of Bdr John Nelson and Mary, born on 18 October 1839.

1840 Royal Artillery

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left April 1841.
  • No 3 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived December 1835. Left December 1844.

The following married in 1840:

  • 4 May Bachelor Bdr Edward Mattison to Jane Pritchard, spinster daughter of Barrack Sgt Richard Pritchard in the same regiment.

The following were baptised in 1840:

  • 20 Jan Mary Ann Pardy daughter of Gnr Peter Pardy and Margaret, born on 3 January 1840.
  • 16 Feb Eliza Heaton daughter of Gnr Thomas Heaton and Mary, born on 31 January 1840 was baptised by the chaplain of HMS Bellerophon.
  • 25 Mar Elizabeth Anne Leonard daughter of Gnr John Leonard and Anne born on 3 March 1840.
  • 10 May Sarah Fielding daughter of Gnr Jonathan Fielding and Rachel, born on 18 April 1840.
  • 19 June William Cairns daughter of Cpl William Cairns and Mary, born on 16 June 1840.
  • 10 Aug George Rule son of Sgt Thomas Rule and Mary, born on 9 July 1840.
  • 22 Sep Richard Lee son of Acting Bdr Richard Lee and Catherine, born on 1 September 1840.
  • 26 Oct Lowry George Fjellstedt Wynne son of Lt Lowry William Montgomery Wynne and Elizabeth Sophia, born on 8 October 1840. The child died on 19 July 1842.
  • 6 Dec John Giles Pinfold son of Acting Bdr Giles Pinfold and Anne, born on 25 November 1840.

The following died in 1840:

  • 4 Nov Death of Maj Amherst Wright RA.
  • Dec Gnr–Dvr George Carver of Captain A Tylee's Coy 3rd Battalion Royal Artillery, (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

1841 Royal Artillery

9 Feb 1841 109 Gnrs arrived from England.

  • No 7 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived March 1828. Left April 1841.
  • No 3 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived December 1835. Left December 1844.
  • No 2 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived February 1841. Left March 1847.

The following married in 1841:

  • 7 July Bachelor Lt Anthony Benn to Helen Munro, spinster daughter of Captain William Munro RA deceased.

The following were baptised in 1841:

  • 1 Mar Julia Louisa Emily Buchanan born on 15 December 1840, daughter of Lt Gilbert John Lane Buchanan and Julia Sophia Hammersley.
  • 12 Mar Agnes Morrison born on 14 February 1841, daughter of Gnr James Morrison and Mary.
  • 28 Mar Francis Barclay born on 10 March 1841, son of Cpl James Barclay and Anne.
  • 20 June Mary Ann Smith born on 22 May 1841, daughter of Gnr Isaiah Smith and Jane.
  • 29 June William John Weir born on 2 April 1841, son of Gnr Charles Weir and Elizabeth Stephens.
  • 29 June Hannah Mary Collins born on 13 June 1841, daughter of Gnr Charles Collins and Hannah.
  • 11 July Elizabeth Anne Cairns born on 24 June 1841, daughter of Cpl William Cairns and Mary Ann.
  • 13 Sep Jane Bruce born on Friday 27 August 1841, daughter of Gnr John Bruce and Rebecca.
  • 1 Nov Mark Wilson born on 9 October 1841, son of Acting Sgt Major Mark Wilson and Rosanna.
  • 18 Nov Eliza Crawford born on 18 November 1841, daughter of Gnr Robert Crawford and Eliza.
  • 21 Nov William Wilkinson born on 6 November 1841, son of Gnr Francis Wilkinson and Jane.

The following were buried in 1841:

  • 23 Oct William George Lewis, son of Mary and Gnr William Lewis RA died 23 October 1841, aged 1 year 5 months. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).
  • 15 June Alex Bruce (?) son of Gnr John Bruce (?) died on 15 June 1841, aged 3 years 9 months. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

1842 Royal Artillery

  • No 3 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived December 1835. Left December 1844.
  • No 2 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived February 1841. Left March 1847.

The following were baptised in 1842:

  • 2 Jan Catherine Fielding daughter of Gnr Jonathan Fielding and Rachel, born on 9 December 1841.
  • 23 Jan John Nelson born on 5 January 1842, son of Gnr John Nelson and Mary Ann.
  • 23 Jan Frederick Brooks Heaton born on 10 January 1842, son of Gnr Thomas Heaton and Mary.
  • 6 Feb George Waters born on 14 January 1842, son of Gnr James Waters and Margaret.
  • 17 Apr Elizabeth Mary Lewis born on 31 January 1842, daughter of Gnr William Lewis and Mary Ann.
  • 17 May Elizabeth Mary Anne Benn born on 23 April 1842, daughter of Lt Anthony Benn and Helen.
  • 21 June Frederick Hovenden Wynne son of Lt Lowry William Montgomery Wynne and Elizabeth Sophia, born on 31 May 1842.
  • 11 Dec Caroline Young born on 9 November 1842, daughter of Gnr Frederick Young and Susan.

The following died in 1842:

  • 10 July William McKeaver son of Mary and Gnr George McKeaver RA aged 1 year 10 months (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).
  • Oct Eliza Heaton daughter of Mary and Thomas Heaton RA (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

1843 Royal Artillery

Location:

  • HQ Valletta: 8 officers and 112 men
  • Cottonera Barracks: 2 officers and 43 men
  • Fort Ricasoli: 0 officers and 4 men
  • Tigné Barracks: 0 officers and 4 men
  • Fort Chambray Gozo: 0 officers and 4 men.
  • No 3 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived December 1835. Left December 1844.
  • No 2 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived February 1841. Left March 1847.

28 Aug 1843 Bachelor Bdr Robert Blackie married Catherine Carbonaro, spinster of the Parish of St Domenico (Dominic) in the city of Valletta, Malta.

The following was baptised in 1843:

  • 26 Feb Jane Elizabeth Collins born on 30 January 1843, daughter of Gnr Charles Collins and Hannah was baptised by the Rev William Gibson Rector of Fawley Hants.
  • 12 Mar George Barclay born on 30 January 1843, son of Cpl James Barclay and Anne was baptised by the Rev William Gibson Rector of Fawley Hants.
  • 19 Mar Samuel Martin born on 28 February 1843, son of Cpl James Martin and Emily was baptised by the Rev William Gibson Rector of Fawley Hants.
  • 23 Apr George Samuel Spalding born on 28 February 1843, son of Robert Spalding and Mary Ann Harriet was baptised by the Rev Edward Kitson officiating Chaplain to the Dockyard and Naval Hospital.
  • 4 June William John Morrison born on 22 May 1843, son of Gnr James Morrison and Mary was baptised by the Rev John Thomas Howe Le Mesurier Chaplain to the Forces.
  • 24 Aug Walter Henry Cairns born on 5 August 1843, son of Sgt William Cairns and Mary Ann.
  • 22 Sep George Nelson born on 9 September 1843, son of Gnr John Nelson and Mary.
  • 8 Oct Elizabeth Bruce born on 18 September 1843, daughter of Gnr John Bruce and Rebecca.
  • 29 Oct Harriet Kelty born on 20 September 1843, daughter of Sgt Adam Kelty and Harriet was baptised by the Rev Edward Kitson officiating Chaplain to the Dockyard and Naval Hospital.

1844 Royal Artillery

  • No 3 Coy 5 Bn RA – Arrived December 1835. Left December 1844.
  • No 2 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived February 1841. Left March 1847.
  • No 3 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived December 1844. Left December 1850.

9 Mar 1844 Bachelor Cpl Alexander Marshall 4th Bn RA married Frances Helen Graham, spinster daughter of Steward William Graham of the Royal Ordnance Hospital at Malta.

3 Mar Baptism of Emma Heaton born on 12 February 1844, daughter of Gnr Thomas Heaton and Mary.

1845 Royal Artillery

  • No 2 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived February 1841. Left March 1847.
  • No 3 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived December 1844. Left December 1850.

13 Feb 1845 Bachelor Cpl James Alexander Kirkby of Canterbury, Kent married Sarah Ann Shand, a minor daughter of Barrack Sgt James Shand with the consent of her father.

1846 Royal Artillery

  • No 2 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived February 1841. Left March 1847.
  • No 3 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived December 1844. Left December 1850.

1847 Royal Artillery

11 Feb 1847 105 men, 8 women, and 12 children arrived from England on the transport Athol.
17 Mar 1847 70 men, 12 women, and 21 children arrived from England on the transport Athol.

  • No 2 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived February 1841. Left March 1847.
  • No 3 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived December 1844. Left December 1850.
  • No 6 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived February 1847. Left October 1852.

The following died in Malta in 1847:

  • 16 Apr Sarah Elizabeth Cullen daughter of Ann and Gnr James Cullen 6 Coy 8th Bn Royal Artillery, aged 1 year and 5 months. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).
  • 10 Aug George Richardson son of Ann and George Richardson RA, aged 13 months. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).
  • 18 Dec Gnr–Dvr John Williams of Captain T A Shone's Coy 8th Bn RA, aged 33 years. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

The following was married at St Paul's Collegiate Church Valletta in 1847:

  • 2 June Bachelor Gnr Elbert Neal to Helen Potts, spinster daughter of Sgt Thomas Potts RA.

1848 Royal Artillery

Strength: 110 men, 5 Officers, 12 NCO, 84 Gnrs, and 2 Drms.
Several soldiers died of cholera at Fort St Elmo.

4 July 1848 A third company (No 7 Coy 3 Bn RA) consisting of 99 men, 9 women and 11 children arrived from England on the Katherine Stewart Forbes. It joined the other two artillery companies in Malta.
No 7 Coy 3 Bn RA left in October 1848. It was relieved by No 8 Coy 12 Bn RA which arrived from Woolwich on 15 September 1848.

  • No 3 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived December 1844. Left December 1850.
  • No 6 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived February 1847. Left October 1852.
  • No 7 Coy 3 Bn RA – Arrived from Woolwich on 4 July 1848. Left October 1848.
  • No 8 Coy 12 Bn RA – Arrived from Woolwich on 15 September 1848.

Gnr–Dvr Abraham Middleton of Captain T A Shone's Coy 8th Bn RA died 6 Oct 1848, aged 33 years. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

Bdr Benjamin Parker of Captain A Tylee's Coy 3rd Bn RA died 11 Oct 1848, aged 34 years 8 months. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

Gnr–Dvr Robert Yrneal of Captain A Tylee's Coy 3rd Bn RA died in 1848. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

4 Dec 1848 Bachelor Bdr Samuel Gerrette married Mary Deverens, spinster.

1849 Royal Artillery

  • No 3 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived December 1844. Left December 1850.
  • No 6 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived February 1847. Left October 1852.

6 Jan 1849 Death of Walter Simpson of Captain A Tylee's Coy 3rd Bn RA died. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

23 May 1849 Death of Gnr Frederick Parker RA, aged 22 years. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

1850 Royal Artillery

5 Dec 1850 Strength: 107 men, 8 women and 7 children arrived from England.

7 Dec 80 men, 21 women and 52 children left for England.

  • No 3 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived December 1844. Left December 1850.
  • No 6 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived February 1847. Left October 1852.
  • No 3 Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived December 1850. Left July 1856.

1851 Royal Artillery

29 Aug 1851 Birth of a son to Capt Henry Paget Christie RA.

Strength: 159 men. HQ Valletta.

  • No 6 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived February 1847. Left October 1852.
  • No 3 Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived December 1850. Left July 1856.

1852 Royal Artillery

Strength: 152 men. In 1852, 10 Gnrs were added to the establishment of each company bringing the total number of gunners to 94.

  • No 6 Coy 8 Bn RA – Arrived February 1847. Left October 1852.
  • No 3 Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived December 1850. Left July 1856.
  • No 6 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived September 1852. Left August 1861.

The following were married in 1852:

  • 7 Sep In St Paul's Collegiate Church Valletta, Bachelor Acting Bdr John Taylor born in Leicester in Leicestershire, son of Henry and Mary Taylor to Mary Ann Clayton, spinster minor with the consent of her parents, daughter of Japheth and Anne Clayton born in Dublin.
  • 21 Sep Bachelor Bdr William Knight of Longparish in the County of Hampshire England to Catherine McCarty of Upperchurch County Tipperary, a widow.

1853 Royal Artillery

By Royal Warrant dated 14 February 1853, the Army Medical Department and the Ordnance Medical Department came under the superintendence of the Director General of the Army Medical Department, who at the time was Inspector-General Andrew Smith. By 26 December 1853, medical officers became interchangeable as regards appointments in the Infantry of the Line or Artillery.

Strength: 159 men. In 1853, 2 NCOs and another 13 Gnrs were added to the establishment of each company bringing the total number of gunners to 107.

  • No 3 Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived December 1850. Left July 1856.
  • No 6 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived September 1852. Left August 1861.

The following were buried in 1853:

  • 20 July 1853 (?) Gnr–Dvr George Blake aged 20 years of Captain A Tylee's Coy 3rd Battalion Royal Artillery. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).
  • 2 Sep Gnr–Dvr George Harvey aged 20 years.
  • 10 Oct Thomas Humphries aged 4 days, son of Gnr–Dvr Samuel Humphries.
  • 27 Oct Constance Eleanor Agnes Calder aged 13 months, daughter of Captain Somerville McDoanld Calder.
  • 2 Nov Sarah Owens aged 1 year 3 months, daughter of Gnr–Dvr James Owens.

The following were married in 1853:

  • 14 Apr In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta, Bachelor Cpl Thomas Coombs of the Parish of Alfriston County Sussex to Jane Alloway, spinster, of the Parish of Kensington in the County of Middlesex.
  • 25 July In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta, Bachelor Cpl George Corbitt born in King's Lynn, County Norfolk, son of John and Mary Corbitt, to Amelia Graham, spinster and minor, with the consent of her father, daughter of William and Maria Graham residing at Malta.

1854 Royal Artillery

Strength: 166 men fit for duty. Located Upper St Elmo Valletta.

18 Aug 1854 211 men arrived from Woolwich under Staff Assistant Surgeon William Haughton. The men were placed in quarantine due to the presence of cholera in Gibraltar.

  • No 3 Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived December 1850. Left July 1856.
  • No 6 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived September 1852. Left August 1861.
  • No 8 Coy 12 Bn RA – Arrived September 1854. Left August 1861.

The following were buried in 1854:

  • 11 Feb Gnr Charles Hamlie aged 19 years.
  • 6 May A/Bdr Samuel Laud RA aged 19 years.
  • 7 June William John McClelland aged 4 years 7 months, son of Gnr Hugh McClelland.
  • 19 June James Kendall aged 1 year 4 months, son of Gnr Harry Kendall.
  • 2 July William Palmer aged 2 years 10 months, son of Mary and Gnr William Palmer.
  • 6 July Pte Thomas Phelps aged 19 years 6 months.
  • 14 July James McClelland aged 2 years 9 months, son of Pte Hugh McClelland RA.
  • 15 July William George Lutton aged 1 year 5 months, son of Pte George Lutton.
  • 18 Aug Sgt Thomas Coombs aged 29 years.
  • 18 Aug Sarah Elaine Thackray aged 2 years 8 months, daughter of Gnr William Thackray.
  • 20 Aug Pte William Rees aged 22 years.
  • 21 Aug Pte Edwin Waterman aged 20 years.
  • 22 Aug Gnr–Dvr Edward Gribben aged 25 years.
  • 22 Aug Gnr–Dvr John Jackson aged 22 years.
  • 22 Aug Gnr–Dvr Joseph Thompson aged 26 years.
  • 23 Aug Gnr–Dvr William Smith aged 26 years.
  • 24 Aug Gnr–Dvr William Pocker aged 20 years.
  • 24 Aug Gnr–Dvr Hugh Morrison aged 26 years.
  • 26 Aug Gnr–Dvr George Goodman aged 22 years.
  • 28 Aug Gnr–Dvr Sannittus Armstrong aged 22 years.
  • 29 Aug Cpl John Cameron aged 25 years.
  • 29 Aug Cpl Robert Marshall aged 23 years.
  • 29 Aug Cpl Thomas Groom aged 24 years.
  • 1 Sep Gnr–Dvr Robert Thornton aged 23 years.
  • 3 Sep Gnr–Dvr Thomas Lennon aged 22 years.
  • 10 Sep Dvr and Trumpeter John Cannon aged 17 years 6 months.
  • 23 Sep John Henry Glanville aged 5 weeks, son of Gnr John Glanville.
  • 25 Sep Gnr George Witham aged 19 years.
  • 27 Sep Cpl John Hinmens aged 36 years.
  • 28 Sep Gnr William Dunkley aged 24 years.
  • 14 Oct Thomas A Coombs aged 6 weeks, son of Sgt Thomas Coombs.
  • 30 Oct Gnr William Ponsey aged 36 years.
  • 5 Nov Elizabeth Mary Dunn aged 1 year 6 months, daughter of Sgt Robert Dunn.
  • 10 Nov Gnr Thomas Watson aged 20 years 6 months.
  • 13 Nov Gnr Lans Finn aged 19 years 6 months.
  • 8 Dec Bdr John Price aged 25 years.
  • 16 Dec Gnr John Butler.
  • 19 Dec Pte Robert Little of the Expeditionary Force in the Crimea, attached to the Royal Artillery in Malta.
  • 19 Dec Pte James Harris aged 27 years, of the Expeditionary Force in the Crimea, attached to the Royal Artillery in Malta.

1855 Royal Artillery

May 1855 Abolition of the Board of Ordnance was abolished. Up till then the Royal Artillery and the Royal Engineers had been under command of the Master General of the Ordnance. These two departments were now placed directly under the Commander-in-Chief. After 25 May 1855, the Ordnance Medical Department became merged in the Army Medical Department, but by an order issued in May 1856, medical officers were considered as forming part of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. In the following December, (Regimental Circular 18 December 1856), they were posted and taken on the strength of the various adjutant's detachments.

  • No 3 Coy 2 Bn RA – Arrived December 1850. Left on the Burlington on 11 July 1855 for Woolwich.
  • No 6 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived September 1852. Left August 1861.
  • No 8 Coy 12 Bn RA – Arrived September 1854. Left August 1861.
  • No 5 Coy 7 Bn RA – Arrived from Woolwich on HMS Malacca on 11 January 1855. Left August 1861.
  • No 4 Coy 7 Bn RA – Arrived October 1855. Left December 1855.

The following were buried in 1855:

  • 5 Jan Gnr George Turner aged 26 years.
  • 8 Jan Gnr Edward Richards aged 32 years.
  • 12 Jan Gnr Robert Howland aged 26 years.
  • 3 Feb Gnr George Johnston aged 40 years.
  • 5 Feb Bdr William Jones aged 20 years.
  • 13 Feb Gnr James Cook aged 28 years.
  • 15 Feb Farrier William Maycock aged 34 years.
  • 9 Mar George McGee aged 8 months, son of Gnr Malcolm McGee.
  • 26 Mar Cpl John Gee aged 24 years.
  • 22 April Gnr Charles Clements aged 20 years.
  • 26 May Gnr–Dvr William Midwinter aged 19 years.
  • 14 June Ellen King aged 1 year, daughter of Gnr Abel King RA.
  • 15 June Gnr George Cook aged 22 years.
  • 26 June Gnr J Wells RA.
  • 23 Sep John Thomas Daniel Campbell son of Sgt John Campbell RA, aged 11 months.
  • 24 Sep Gnr Thomas West aged 21 years.
  • 22 Oct CSgt John Evans aged 36 years.
  • 2 Nov Bdr Horace Holback aged 24 years.
  • 27 Nov A/Bdr Levi Juden aged 21 years 6 months.
  • 20 Dec Thomas Evans aged 13 months, son of Sgt T Evans (deceased).

1856 Royal Artillery

Strength: 583 men, located at Valletta. On 12 January 1856, the strength of each company of artillery was increased by 1 Sgt, 1 Bdr and 15 Gnrs but the infantry were still required to act as gunners in an emergency.

  • No 6 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived September 1852. Left August 1861.
  • No 8 Coy 12 Bn RA – Arrived September 1854. Left August 1861.
  • No 5 Coy 7 Bn RA – Arrived 11 January 1855. Left August 1861.
  • No 3 Coy 13 Bn RA – Arrived from Woolwich on 17 June 1856. Left August 1861.
  • No 1 Coy 13 Bn RA – Arrived on the Clyde on 3 July 1856. Left August 1861.

The following were buried in 1856:

  • 5 Feb Edward James McGee aged 3 years 6 months, son of Gnr Malcolm McGee.
  • 26 Feb John Edward Glanville aged 3 months, son of Gnr John Glanville.
  • 7 June Pte George McBlair aged 21 years.
  • 19 July Pte William Caghers aged 23 years.
  • 30 July Mary Ann Byron aged 1 year 4 months.
  • 11 Aug Richard Quarm aged 6 weeks.
  • 27 Aug Gnr George Martin 13th Battalion RA, aged 19 years.
  • 28 Aug Gnr James Dixon 13th Battalion RA, aged 19 years.
  • 3 Sep Gnr Sarah Lackey aged 7 months, daughter of Gnr Samuel Lackey.
  • 12 Sep Gnr–Dvr Charles Harding aged 24 years.
  • 2 Oct Gnr–Dvr Robert Briggs aged 20 years.
  • 24 Oct Gnr–Dvr George Fort aged 25 years.
  • 13 Oct Gnr–Dvr John Baker aged 20 years.
  • 12 Nov John James Cullen aged 1 year 8 months, son of Gnr–Dvr John James Cullen.
  • 18 Nov Cpl George Small RA.
  • 9 Dec William Glanville aged 5 years, son of Gnr John Glanville RA.
  • 10 Dec Gnr James Hall aged 29 years RA.

The following were married in 1856:

  • 10 Apr In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta Bachelor Acting Sgt Major James Lunilier McCallum born in Woolwich Kent, to Matilda Somerville Gardiner, spinster born in Dublin, daughter of John and Phoebe Gardiner.
  • 21 July In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta Bachelor Gnr Thomas Lomax born in London, son of Thomas and Deborah Lomax to Philomela Pace, spinster born in Malta daughter of Giovanni and Carmela Pace.
  • 9 Aug In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta Bachelor Sgt Robert Armstrong born at Maghera, County Down Ireland, son of William and Margaret Armstrong to Ellen Power, spinster born in St James London, daughter of Nicholas and Julia Power.

1857 Royal Artillery

Strength: 575 men, located at HQ Valletta.

  • No 6 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived September 1852. Left August 1861.
  • No 8 Coy 12 Bn RA – Arrived September 1854. Left August 1861.
  • No 5 Coy 7 Bn RA – Arrived 11 January 1855. Left August 1861.
  • No 3 Coy 13 Bn RA – Arrived from Woolwich on 17 June 1856. Left August 1861.
  • No 1 Coy 13 Bn RA – Arrived 3 July 1856. Left August 1861.

The following were buried at Floriana in 1857:

  • 15 Jan Mary Jane Burns aged 9 days, daughter of Gnr–Dvr John Burns RA.
  • 25 Feb Gnr–Dvr Samuel Lackey aged 36 years.
  • 2 June Gnr–Dvr James Brown aged 20 years.
  • 19 July Gnr–Dvr Edward Rolfe aged 36 years 7 months.
  • 31 July Sarah Curran aged 10 months.
  • 25 Sep Gnr–Dvr William Luke aged 29 years 5 months.
  • 5 Oct Gnr–Dvr George Longley aged 25 years 7 months.
  • 20 Nov Gnr–Dvr William Langer aged 24 years.
  • 14 Dec Bdr William Coles aged 19 years 6 months.

The following were married in the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta in 1857:

  • 9 Feb Bachelor Gnr–Dvr George Freer Ball son of George and Hannah Ball born at Hinckley, Leicestershire to Louisa Jane Spalding, spinster born in the island of Jersey.
  • 17 Oct Bachelor Cpl John Purdue born in Portsmouth to Elizabeth Saunders spinster, born in Marylebone, London.
  • 7 Nov Widower Sgt John Fyfe born in Forres, Morayshire Scotland to Marina Suter, widow daughter of James and Mary Suter born in Laymore, Somerset.

1858 Royal Garrison Artillery

1 Dec 1858 Strength: 24 Officers, 32 NCOs, 8 Buglers/Drummers, 632 rank and file, 696 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 4618 rank and file).

  • No 6 Coy 4 Bn RA – Arrived September 1852. Left August 1861.
  • No 8 Coy 12 Bn RA – Arrived September 1854. Left August 1861.
  • No 5 Coy 7 Bn RA – Arrived 11 January 1855. Left August 1861.
  • No 3 Coy 13 Bn RA – Arrived from Woolwich on 17 June 1856. Left August 1861.
  • No 1 Coy 13 Bn RA – Arrived July 1856. Left August 1861.

The following were buried at Floriana in 1858:

  • 24 Feb Elizabeth Lamb aged 16 days, daughter of Sgt Alexander Lamb.
  • 10 Mar A/Bdr John Robertson aged 24 years.
  • 3 Aug Trumpeter Stephen Garrett aged 18 years.
  • 27 Sep Mary Anne King aged 3 months, daughter of Gnr–Dvr King RA.
  • 4 Oct Gnr–Dvr James Feast aged 26 years.
  • 18 Oct Sarah Jane Madden aged 8 months, daughter of Gnr Madden RA.
  • 18 Nov Gnr–Dvr Thomas Lidster aged 24 years.
  • 3 Dec Bdr Richard Cox aged 21 years 6 months.
  • 31 Dec Gnr William Laird aged 26 years 11 months.

The following was married in the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta in 1858:

  • 14 May Bachelor Sgt Charles Potts to Maria Elizabeth Turner, widow.

1859 Royal Garrison Artillery

Prior to June 1859, the RA was composed of fourteen battalions and ten troops of Horse Artillery. Each of the fourteen battalions was made up of eight companies. The establishment of a company was five officers, two captains and three subalterns. The rank of major in the Royal Artillery was abolished in 1827.

On 1 April 1859, the Royal Artillery abandoned the designations of Company, Troop, and Battalion, and replaced them with Brigade and Battery. The Field and Garrison Brigades consisted of from seven to ten batteries each, the majority having eight batteries; the 4th, 8th, 9th 11th, 13th and 14th Brigades were Field Brigades. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th and 12th Brigades were Garrison Brigades. The field batteries numbered 49, and the garrison batteries numbered 65. Of the eight garrison artillery brigades, three were stationed at home while the remainder had their headquarters respectively at Gibraltar, Malta, Quebec, India, and Mauritius. Each brigade was commanded by a colonel with an adjutant as staff officer. Malta was given the 6th Garrison Bde, with 10 Btys, of which six Btys were at Malta and four Btys at Corfu.
In 1860, the Armstrong rifled barrel gun replaced the smooth bore gun.

1 Feb 1859 Strength: 24 Officers, 31 NCOs, 8 Buglers/Drummers, 614 rank and file, 677 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 4771 rank and file).

1 Apr Strength: 24 Officers, 31 NCOs, 8 Buglers/Drummers, 606 rank and file, 669 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 5650 rank and file). On 25 April 1859, an extra Bty RA was placed under orders to embark for Malta, so as to increase the strength of the garrison in the Mediterranean.

1 Aug Strength: 33 Officers, 41 NCOs, 12 Buglers/Drummers, 706 rank and file, 792 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 6897 rank and file).

1 Dec 1859 Strength: 23 Officers, 49 NCOs, 11 Buglers/Drummers, 697 rank and file, 780 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 7044 rank and file).

  • No 1 Bty 6 Bde RA (6 Coy 4 Bn RA) – Arrived September 1852. Left August 1861. At Fort St Elmo.
  • No 2 Bty 6 Bde RA (8 Coy 12 Bn RA) – Arrived September 1854. Left August 1861. At Fort Tigné.
  • No 3 Bty 6 Bde RA (5 Coy 7 Bn RA) – Arrived 11 January 1855. Left August 1861. At Lascaris Barracks.
  • No 4 Bty 6 Bde RA (3 Coy 13 Bn RA) – Arrived from Woolwich on 17 June 1856. Left August 1861.
    At Fort St Elmo.
  • No 8 Bty 6 Bde RA (1 Coy 13 Bn RA) – Arrived July 1856. Left August 1861. At Fort St Angelo.
  • No 9 Bty 6 Bde RA (6 Coy 12 Bn RA) – Arrived 20 May 1859. Left August 1861. At Fort St Elmo.

In 1859, the regiment had 194 admissions from fever per 1000 of mean strength with 8.50 deaths from fever per 1000 of mean strength.

The following were buried at Floriana Cemetery in 1859:

  • 10 Jan Sgt Thomas Croft RA aged 29 years.
  • 8 Mar Lt Gilbert Charles Hugo Light RA aged 25 years at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 6 June Gnr Thomas Smith RA aged 22 years.
  • 20 June Gnr John Brooks RA aged 22 years.
  • 21 July George Robert Ball, son of Louisa and Gnr George Ball RA aged 1 year.
  • 9 July Frederick William Cunningham son of Kate and Gnr Frederick Cunningham RA, aged 14 months.
  • 16 July Maria Burns daughter of Gnr J Burns RA, aged 8 days.
  • 23 July James Moore son of Gnr John Moore RA, aged 6 months.
  • 6 Aug Amy Emily Whitely aged 7 months, daughter of QM Sgt W Whitely 6th Bde RA.
  • 3 Sep Charles John Wildbore aged 1 year, son of Bty Sgt Maj C Wildbore.
  • 15 Sep Gnr Thomas Cartledge aged 24 years at Rock Gate Cemetery.
  • 30 Sep Elizabeth Newton aged 1 year 4 months, daughter of Sgt John Newton RA.
  • 7 Oct James Harriet Metcalf aged 1 year 4 months, daughter of Sgt Maj W Metcalf RA at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 17 Oct Elizabeth McGee aged 1 year 4 months, daughter of Gnr Malcolm McGhee RA.
  • 24 Oct Matilda Jane Smith aged 1 year 6 months, daughter of Master Tailor John Smith RA at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 3 Nov Gnr George Roe aged 26 years.
  • 21 Nov Maria McDonald aged 4 months, daughter of QM Sgt Charles McDonald.
  • 5 Dec Gnr James Maisey aged 26 years.

1860 Royal Garrison Artillery

1 Jan 1860 Strength: 27 Officers, 46 NCOs, 13 Buglers/Drummers, 687 rank and file, 773 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 7018 rank and file).

1 June Strength: 29 Officers, 42 NCOs, 12 Buglers/Drummers, 672 rank and file, 755 total all ranks. (Total garrison strength 6203 rank and file).

With the introduction of the brigade system medical officers were posted to brigades, and were soon associated as regimental officers with the various batteries. One Surgeon Major or surgeon and two assistant surgeons was the usual allowance to a brigade. In 1860, there were 7 Surgeon Majors, 15 surgeons and 68 assistant surgeons, making a total establishment of 90 to serve a total number of 132 batteries. Medical officers wore the uniform of the Royal Artillery with some minor differences.

In 1860, the regiment had an average strength of 747 men, 714 hospital admissions (956 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 5 deaths in hospital, 1 death out of hospital and 1 death among the invalids (9.37 deaths per 1000 of mean strength). 75 soldiers were admitted (100/1000 strength) with continued fevers with 2 deaths (2.68/1000 strength). A gunner of the Royal Artillery committed suicide by jumping over the works at Fort St Angelo.

  • No 1 Bty 6 Bde RA (6 Coy 4 Bn RA) – Arrived September 1852. Left August 1861. At Fort St Elmo.
  • No 2 Bty 6 Bde RA (8 Coy 12 Bn RA) – Arrived September 1854. Left August 1861. At Fort Tigné.
  • No 3 Bty 6 Bde RA (5 Coy 7 Bn RA) – Arrived 11 January 1855. Left August 1861. At Lascaris Barracks.
  • No 4 Bty 6 Bde RA (3 Coy 13 Bn RA) – Arrived from Woolwich on 17 June 1856. Left August 1861.
    At Fort St Elmo.
  • No 8 Bty 6 Bde RA (1 Coy 13 Bn RA) – Arrived July 1856. Left August 1861. At Fort St Angelo.
  • No 9 Bty 6 Bde RA (6 Coy 12 Bn RA) – Arrived 20 May 1859 Left August 1861. At Fort St Elmo.

The following were buried at Floriana Cemetery in 1860:

  • 13 Jan Gnr John Williams aged 25 years.
  • 14 Jan Margaret Flint aged 39 years, wife of Gnr W Flint.
  • 9 Feb William James Gibson aged 1 year, son of Gnr John Gibson.
  • 25 Feb Gnr John Wells aged 19 years.
  • 19 Mar Rosanna Smythe aged 36 years, wife of Sgt James Smythe.
  • 25 Mar Ursola Jane Smythe aged 2 years 1 month, daughter of Sgt James Smythe.
  • 26 Mar Alfred Hill aged 7 months, son of Master Gunner William Hill.
  • 20 Apr Mary Catherine Ward aged 30 years, wife of Gnr Charles Ward at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 1 May Gnr Robert Rea aged 27 years.
  • 3 June Agnes Maude Smythe aged 5 months, daughter of Sgt James Smythe.
  • 7 June William James Campbell aged 8 months, son of Gnr W Campbell.
  • 17 Aug Walter Adams aged 11 months, son of Gnr James Adams.
  • 20 Aug Smythe aged 7 months, daughter of Sgt James Smythe.
  • 14 Sep Gnr Edwin Graham aged 28 years at Rock Gate Cemetery.
  • 15 Oct Edward Rabone aged 2 days, son of Armourer Sgt Edward Rabone.
  • 28 Oct Agnes Anne Goodson aged 23 years, wife of Gnr Goodson.
  • 3 Nov A/Bdr George Madden aged 27 years.

1861 6th (Garrison) Bde RA

Strength: 697 men. On 29 August, the 6th Bde RA returned to Portsmouth. It was relieved by the 3rd Bde RA from Plymouth and the Channel Islands. 3 Bde RA arrived on HMT Himalaya on 19 August 1861. Five Btys of 3 Bde RA were at Malta and the other three went to Corfu.

In 1861, the regiment had an average strength of 617 men, 588 hospital admissions (953 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 9 deaths in hospital and 1 death out of hospital (16.21 deaths per 1000 of mean strength).

20 Dec 1861 Gnr Edwards Johan was executed by firing squad at Fort Ricasoli for attempting to murder the adjutant Capt Edward Keate, HQ Bty 3 Bde RA, by firing his carbine at him at Fort St Elmo.

  • No 1 Bty 6 Bde RA (6 Coy 4 Bn RA) – Arrived September 1852. Left for Portsmouth August 1861.
  • No 2 Bty 6 Bde RA (8 Coy 12 Bn RA) – Arrived September 1854. Left August 1861.
  • No 3 Bty 6 Bde RA (5 Coy 7 Bn RA) – Arrived 11 January 1855. Left August 1861.
  • No 4 Bty 6 Bde RA (3 Coy 13 Bn RA) – Arrived from Woolwich on 17 June 1856. Left August 1861.
  • No 8 Bty 6 Bde RA (1 Coy 13 Bn RA) – Arrived July 1856. Left August 1861. At Fort St Elmo.
  • No 9 Bty 6 Bde RA (6 Coy 12 Bn RA) – Arrived 20 May 1859 Left August 1861. At Fort Tigné.
  • No 1 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived from Plymouth 19 August 1861. Left June 1867. At Fort Lascaris.
  • No 2 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived 19 August 1861. Left June 1867. At Fort St Elmo.
  • No 3 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived 19 August 1861. Left June 1867. At Fort St Elmo.
  • No 4 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived 19 August 1861. Left June 1867. At Fort St Angelo.
  • No 5 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived 19 August 1861. Left June 1867.

The following were buried at Floriana Cemetery in 1861:

  • 16 Jan A/Bdr Isaac Harris aged 20 years.
  • 14 June Gnr Robert Lewis aged 23 years.
  • 14 July William L R Metcalf aged 1 year 1 month, son of SSgt William Metcalf at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 24 July Josephine B E Barnett aged 10 months, daughter of Capt Barnett RA at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 4 Aug Emily Constance Smith aged 1 year 4 months, daughter of Master Tailor John Smith at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 8 Aug Gnr Hampden Smith aged 22 years, at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 8 Aug Jane Rabone aged 24 years, wife of A/Sgt Edward Rabone at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 22 Aug Emily Ann Walker aged 23 days, daughter of Sgt David Walker.
  • 22 Sep Gnr Benjamin Kitt aged 28 years at Rock Gate Cemetery.
  • 12 Oct David Thorn aged 1 year 2 months, son of Bdr David Thorn at Rock Gate Cemetery.
  • 14 Oct Mary Jane Donaldson aged 9 months, daughter of Sgt Donaldson.
  • 25 Oct Gnr Stephen George aged 20 years.
  • 4 Nov Frank Taylor aged 8 years, son of Sgt J Taylor at Ta' Braxia Cemetery.
  • 14 Dec Gnr Richard Biddlecombe aged 22 years.
  • 21 Dec Gnr Thomas Reynolds aged 23 years at Rock Gate Cemetery.

1862 3rd (Garrison) Bde RA

In 1862, the regiment had an average strength of 594 men, 402 hospital admissions (677 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 3 deaths in hospital (5.05 deaths per 1000 of mean strength).

  • No 1 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 2 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 3 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 4 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 5 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.

The following were buried at Floriana Cemetery in 1862:

  • 2 Jan Antonia Farr aged 19 years, 3rd Class School Mistress RA at Rock Gate Cemetery.
  • 28 Jan Elizabeth Best aged 2 years, daughter of Gnr Best.
  • 16 Feb Charles Hill aged 8 months, son of Master Gnr William Hill RA.

1863 3rd (Garrison) Bde RA

In 1863, the regiment had an average strength of 584 men, 306 hospital admissions (524 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 1 death in hospital (1.71 deaths per 1000 of mean strength).

  • No 1 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 2 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 3 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 4 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 5 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.

1864 3rd (Garrison) Bde RA

Mar 1864 The Ionian Islands ceased to remain a British Protectorate.
In the end of May 1864, three batteries of the Royal Artillery joined from the Ionian Islands. No 6 Bty and No 8 Bty 3 Bde RA left Corfu on 12 May on HMS Magiciene. They took over Marsamxetto Barracks.
No 7 Bty 3 Bde RA embarked at Corfu on 1 June in HMT Himalaya and arrived at Malta on 4 June 1864.

In 1864, the regiment had an average strength of 747 men, 544 hospital admissions (728 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 7 deaths in hospital, 1 out of hospital and 1 death among the invalids (12.04 deaths per 1000 of mean strength).

  • No 1 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 2 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 3 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 4 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 5 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 6 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived from Corfu 14 May 1864. Left August 1867.
  • No 7 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived 4 June 1864. Left August 1867.
  • No 8 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived from Corfu 14 May 1864. Left August 1867.

1865 3rd (Garrison) Bde RA

In 1865, the regiment had an average strength of 791 men, 669 hospital admissions (846 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 23 deaths in hospital and 5 out of hospital (35.40 deaths per 1000 of mean strength). Measles was very prevalent among the children of the Royal Artillery during the early months of the year.

  • No 1 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 2 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 3 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 4 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 5 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 6 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived 14 May 1864. Left August 1867.
  • No 7 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived 4 June 1864. Left August 1867.
  • No 8 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived 14 May 1864. Left August 1867.

Detachments of the Royal Artillery were at Fort Upper St Elmo (256 men), Marsamxetto Barracks (61 men), St James Cavalier (85 men) and St Salvatore Counter Guard (13 men).

Cholera broke out in Mecca in May 1865 and spread along the Mediterranean littoral. On 14 June, panic stricken Maltese who had fled Alexandria landed in the Lazaretto. The first cases of cholera in the lazaretto were received from the ship Wyvern on the 28 June, but it was not until 3 July that the disease was officially recognized as such.

The lazaretto was situated on Manoel Island in the centre of the quarantine harbour. It was nearly level with the sea and composed of a series of various shaped rooms crowded together; the passages and courts were for the most part enclosed by high walls. The foul smelling latrines discharged into the Quarantine Harbour. The lazaretto and plague hospital had been occupied as married quarters by a portion of the 2nd/8th Foot and 34 families of the Royal Artillery.

On 20 June, Assistant Surgeon William George Ross 2nd/8th Regiment attended on an eight year old girl who died within seven hours of her illness. Ross recorded her death as Asiatic Cholera. A woman residing in another cell of the plague hospital fell ill and died on the 22nd June; in the evening of the 23rd, the mother of the eight year old girl fell ill; on the 27th a man and a child of the 8th Foot; and on the 28th June another man of the Royal Artillery and a child belonging to the first woman affected also fell ill. All, except one, died from cholera.

Assistant Surgeon John Sarsfield Comyn RA recommended the removal of the families from the plague hospital to an encampment at some distance on a dry and airy ridge close to Fort Tigné. On 1 July the families of the Royal Artillery were transferred to St Salvatore Counter Guard on the other side of the Quarantine Harbour, almost directly opposite to the plague hospital.

St Salvatore Counter Guard was a small works overlooked by a high bastion, on which were constructed stores which were converted by the military as a barracks. The counter guard was close to and on a line with the Ospizio di Vecchi. Its shape was irregular, consisting of five ill ventilated dark casemated rooms formed in the bastion and shut in at each end. The drainage entered immediately below the works into Pieta Creek. Most of the 34 families of the Royal Artillery which had been removed from Manoel Island had diarrhoea. Within a few hours of leaving the plague hospital and settling down in their new quarters, six women fell ill in the casemates, with one death.

On 2 July, another women died of cholera. On 3 July, a woman who had not been at the Plague Hospital, but has nursed the cholera patients, became infected and died within five hours. As the sick could not be removed from the counter guard they were left in the casemates, while the healthy families were placed under tents about 137 meters away from the barracks. On 6 July, three children were attacked in the tents at St Salvatore with one death; on 7 July, a soldier died in the tents at St Salvatore; on 9 July, the wife of a sergeant in charge of the casemates was seized and died; on the same day, a soldier belonging to Fort Tigné, who had been on fatigue duty at the tents at St Salvatore, was attacked and died at the General Hospital. The last case in this detachment, that of a child who recovered, occurred on 11 July; cholera had attacked seventeen and killed ten.

The Royal Artillery in Fort Upper St Elmo was under the medical care of Assistant Surgeon Comyn. Early in the summer, a proportion of the men were removed to tents at night to reduce overcrowding. Cholera struck on 16 July. The next day, another soldier fell ill in the same barracks, and 5 cases appeared at Fort St Angelo, under the medical charge of Assistant Surgeon Alexander Edward Bartlet. On 16 July, an orphan from St Salvatore Counter Guard, who was being cared for by a woman of the Royal Artillery residing in St James Cavalier, fell ill with cholera and died. The child's death was followed on 26 July by that of the carer. The husband of this woman who had been tending her, in turn fell ill and succumbed to cholera on 30 July.

The Royal Artillery had a total of 38 sick and 21 deaths. The deaths occurring at the Plague Hospital (4),St Salvatore Counter Guard (5), Fort Tigné (2), Fort St Elmo (2), Marsamxetto Barracks (3), St James Cavalier (2), Fort Salvatore Cottonera (2), and Floriana (1).

Mary Ann Dameral daughter of Gnr Dameral Royal Artillery died on 9 Jan 1865. (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).

1866 3rd (Garrison) Bde RA

In 1866, the regiment had an average strength of 760 men. There were 561 hospital admissions (738.2 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 13 deaths in hospital and 2 out of hospital (19.74 deaths per 1000 of mean strength). It had 105 admissions (138/1000 mean strength) for continued fevers with 3 deaths (3.95 deaths/1000 mean strength).

The regimental surgeon remarked that the numerous fatal accidents and half the disease in the regiment during the year resulted directly or indirectly from intemperance.

Two batteries were in Upper St Elmo and one Battery at each of the following quarters: Forts Tigné, St Salvatore, St Angelo, Ricasoli, St James Cavalier and Marsamxetto Barracks.

  • No 1 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 2 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 3 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 4 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 5 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived August 1861. Left June 1867.
  • No 6 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived 14 May 1864. Left August 1867.
  • No 7 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived 4 June 1864. Left August 1867.
  • No 8 Bty 3 Bde RA – Arrived 14 May 1864. Left August 1867.

Florence Matilda Harman daughter of Bdr Harman died Aug 1866, aged 3 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).

1867 3rd Garrison Artillery

In 1867, the regiment had an average strength of 589 men. There were 434 hospital admissions (736.8 admissions per 1000 of mean strength) with 9 deaths in hospital and 2 out of hospital (18.68 deaths per 1000 of mean strength).

In June 1867, the 3rd Bde RA with 589 men, embarked for Canada on HMS Simoon.

  • 3 Brigade Garrison Artillery
    • No 1 Bty: Arrived August 1861. Left for Canada on 29 June 1867.
    • No 2 Bty: Arrived August 1861. Left for Canada on 29 June 1867.
    • No 3 Bty: Arrived August 1861. Left for Canada on 29 June 1867.
    • No 4 Bty: Arrived August 1861. Left for Canada on 29 June 1867.
    • No 5 Bty: Arrived August 1861. Left for Canada on 29 June 1867.
    • No 6 Bty: Arrived 14 May 1864. Left for Canada on 31 August 1867.
    • No 7 Bty: Arrived 4 June 1864. Left for Canada on 31 August 1867.
    • No 8 Bty: Arrived 14 May 1864. Left for Canada on 31 August 1867.

Memorial erected at Quarantine Bastion Cemetery to the memory of the men, women and children of 5th Bty 3rd Bde RA who died at Malta during the tour of the regiment in Malta between 1861 and June 1867:

  • Men
    • Gnr Lutt C P – 28 Sept 1861
    • Gnr Campbell P – 28 July 1862
    • Gnr Cronin P – 28 Oct 1864
    • Gnr Miller E – 16 Dec 1864
    • Gnr Cannerb C – 22 July 1864
    • Sgt Morgan – 30 July 1865
    • Pte Coward J – 26 Oct 1865
    • Pte Clark J – 1 Apr 1866
    • Pte Walker A – 7 Apr 1866
    • Pte Spicknell J – 25 May 1867
  • Women (Mrs)
    • Perry E – 2 July 1865
    • Caddy E – 16 July 1865
    • Miller C – 17 Feb 1866
  • Children
    • Winter W C – 12 Dec 1861
    • Winter J – 2 Dec 1863
    • Gadd E – 3 Nov 1863
    • Gadd M – 12 July 1864
    • Knight G – 18 Aug 1864
    • Damerol M A – 9 Jan 1865
    • Gadd A – 20 July 1865
    • Gulland L A – 25 Aug 1865
    • Lawson E W – 31 Aug 1865
    • Winter A J – 9 Apr 1866
    • Damerol E – 26 Nov 1866
    • Merritt F M A – 22 June 1865

Mary Brooker wife of Sgt J A Brooker 10th Bde RA died 30 Aug 1867, aged 25 years. Also Thomas John Brooker her son died 8 Nov 1867, aged 6 months (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).

A 7 feet high memorial was erected at Msida Bastion Cemetery to the memory of the men, women and children of the 3rd Bde Royal Artillery who died at Malta during the tour of the regiment in Malta between Aug 1861 and June 1867:

  • 1st Bty Men
    • Gnr Biddlecombe A – 13 Dec 1861
    • Cpl Starks J – 5 Jan 1863
    • Gnr Pooley A – 16 Sept 1864
    • Gnr Croft T – 23 Dec 1864
    • Bdr Donaldson A S – 5 Mar 1865
    • Gnr Brown William – 20 July 1865
    • Gnr Bowley Henry – 1 Aug 1865
    • Gnr Wright Thomas – 6 Aug 1865
    • Gnr Segers Samuel – 14 Aug 1865
    • Gnr Watkins John – 20 Aug 1865
    • Gnr Dumside Thomas – 7 Sep 1865
    • Gnr Glenn Henry – 20 Sep 1865
    • Gnr Daniels Walter – 18 Dec 1865
    • Gnr Hooner Charles – 12 Aug 1866
    • Gnr Adair Allen – 26 May 1867
  • 1st Bty Women (Mrs)
    • Pooley S – 15 Oct 1861
    • Knight E A – 24 July 1862
  • 1st Bty Children
    • Pooley G – 28 Sept 1861
    • Doherty M – 28 Sept 1861
    • Best E aged 2 yrs – 2 Jan 1862
    • Knight M J – 29 Apr 1862
    • Patchell M E aged 1 yr 6 mths – 2 July 1863
    • Ward A – 10 July 1863
    • White M A aged 10 mths – 30 July 1863
    • Champion E S aged 2 mths – 2 Aug 1863
    • Bell T J aged 7 mths – 16 Sept 1864
  • 3rd Bty Men
    • Gnr McCullough George accidentally killed on falling from the bastion at Fort St Elmo – 8 July 1866
    • Gnr Spunner
    • Cpl Hopwood George aged 32 yrs died of cholera.
    • Gnr Wilson William aged 24 yrs died of cholera – 2 Sept 1865.

An 8 feet high memorial was erected at Msida Bastion Cemetery to the memory of the men of 6 Bty 3rd Bde Royal Artillery who died at Malta during the tour of the regiment in Malta between 1864 and June 1867:

  • 6th Bty Men
    • Capt Dadson J N P 27 yrs – 27 Nov 1864
    • Gnr Duncan R 25 yrs, died at Corfu – 6 Dec 1862
    • Gnr White J 36 yrs, died at Corfu – 19 Jan 1863
    • Gnr Cope T 21 yrs, died at Corfu – 27 Feb 1863
    • Gnr Whitfield J 37 yrs, died at Malta – 12 July 1865
    • Gnr Holt W 29 yrs, died at Malta – 17 Jan 1866
    • Gnr Weir J 37 yrs, died at Malta – 15 Nov 1866
    • Gnr Morris J 27 yrs, died at Malta – 13 Jan 1867

On 28 December 1867, Nos 1, 2, 3 and 7 Btys No 10th Brigade Royal Artillery arrived in Malta from Canada. They were detained at Gibraltar for two months while Malta was declared free of cholera.

  • No 10 Brigade Garrison Artillery
    • No 1 Bty: Arrived 28 December 1867. Left October 1873. At Fort Tigné.
    • No 2 Bty: Arrived 28 December 1867. Left October 1873. At St James Cavalier.
    • No 3 Bty: Arrived 28 December 1867. Left October 1873. At Fort St Elmo.
    • No 4 Bty: Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867. Left October 1873. At Fort St Angelo.
    • No 5 Bty: Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867. Left October 1873. At Fort Salvatore.
    • No 6 Bty: Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867. Left October 1873. At Fort St Elmo.
    • No 7 Bty: Arrived 23 December 1867. Left October 1873. At Fort Ricasoli.
    • No 8 Bty: Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867. Left 21 February 1871. At Marsamxetto Barracks.

1868 10th Bde RA

Apr 1868 Gnr S. W. Wells was awarded the Royal Humane Society Bronze medal. A parchment document was also given to Gnr A. Swallow for saving two men from drowning at Malta on 28 April 1867. The men were brought to the notice of the Royal Humane Society by Col Woods 8th Regiment.

  • No 1 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived 28 December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 2 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived 28 December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 3 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived 28 December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 4 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 5 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 6 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 7 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived 23 December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 8 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867. Left 21 February 1871.

The average annual strength in 1868 was 785 men. There were 1077 admissions into hospital (1372/1000 strength); 14 died in hospital, 8 out of hospital and 3 among the invalids (31.85/1000 mean strength). Six gunners died in the explosion of an expense magazine at Fort St Angelo.

The Royal Artillery had the highest proportion of admissions for continued fevers equivalent to a third of their strength. From June to September, it had 269 admissions with 5 deaths. During these four months the men had occupied Upper St Elmo, Forts San Salvatore, St Angelo, Tigné, Ricasoli, St James Cavalier and Marsamxetto barracks.

The regimental medical officer attributed the great amount of fever at Fort St Elmo to the vicinity of the opening of extensive town sewers close to the fort. He alleged that the barracks was subject to the influence of an atmosphere loaded with sewage effluvia which was blown over according to the direction of the wind, and that this miasma caused typhoid and continued fevers. During the fever season, the men were excused lacquering shot and guns and unloading barges for store depot, to prevent their unduly exposure to the July sun. This action was said to have proved very beneficial. Concurrently, overcrowding in the barrack block was reduced by having men sleep under canvas.

1869 10th Bde RA

  • No 1 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived 28 December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 2 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived 28 December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 3 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived 28 December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 4 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867.
    Left October 1873.
  • No 5 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867.
    Left October 1873.
  • No 6 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867.
    Left October 1873.
  • No 7 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived 23 December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 8 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived from Canada 25 August 1867. Left 21 February 1871.
Barracks Occupied by 10th Bde RA in 1869
Barracks Average Strength Fever Admissions Percentage Sick Soldiers
Upper St Elmo 165 24 14.54
Upper St Elmo Huts 55 1 1.81
Tigné 71 9 12.67
Fort St Angelo 79 10 12.65
Fort Ricasoli 51 3 5.88
San Salvatore 70 4 5.71
St James Cavalier 98 3 3.06
Marsamxetto 71 10 14.08
Table I: Barracks occupied by the Btys of 10th Bde RA showing the average strength, number of hospital admissions from fever, and the percentage of sick soldiers during the period each barrack was occupied. Ventilation of barrack rooms was inadequate; neither were the wooden huts suitable accommodation for single or married soldiers. They were too hot in summer and too cold and damp in winter. Tents were also used to reduce overcrowding.

The above barracks were used throughout 1869, with the exception of Marsamxetto, which was only occupied between 23 April and 7 October 1869. The wooden huts at Fort Upper St Elmo, were vacated on 23 April, and reoccupied on 7 October. Their occupants moved to Marsamxetto Barracks. In 1868, the huts in Fort St Elmo were occupied all the year, while Marsamxetto Barracks was only occupied for three hot months. To reduce overcrowding tents were supplied to Upper Fort St Elmo , Fort Tigné, Fort St Angelo, and Fort San Salvatore, for a proportion of the men to sleep under at night.

10th Bde Royal Artillery 1 January to 31 December 1869
Month Strength 1st day of month Hospital Admissions Deaths
January 741 28 0
February 736 25 0
March 735 28 0
April 735 25 0
May 735 40 1
June 734 41 1
July 701 54 0
August 701 59 0
September 699 41 0
October 698 29 2
November 681 19 1
December 680 23 0
Table II: Regimental strength on the first day of the month, showing number of admissions to hospital per month, and the number of deaths recorded. (TNA:WO 334/62)

The average annual strength in 1869 was 715 men. There were 412 admissions into hospital; 4 died in hospital, 1 out of hospital and 1 from the invalids. The ratio per 1000 strength of those admitted was 576.2 and for deaths 8.38.

  • Gnr Mason George, 3 Bty, aged 38 years 2 months, died in the Brigade Hospital on 12 May, from an aneurysm of the aorta.
  • Gnr Thorpe W., 7 Bty, aged 38 years 8 months, died suddenly out of hospital on 18 June, from a ruptured aneurysm of the aorta.
  • Gnr Jordon J., 5 Bty, aged 35 years 11 months, died on 3 October in the Brigade Hospital from jaundice.
  • No 416 Cpl Galloway A., 8 Bty, aged 29 years 3 months, died on 7 October at Citta Vecchia Hospital from Simple Continued Fever. He had served for 10 years. Galloway had been admitted to the regimental hospital on 22 August, having been unwell for several days. An attack of fever had left him very weak; on 22 September, he was sent to the Sanatorium for change of air.
  • Gnr Parvin R., 6 Bty, aged 32 years 10 months, died on 9 November at the Brigade Hospital from Phthisis Pulmonalis.

1870 10th Bde RA

  • No 1 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 2 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 3 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 4 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 5 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 6 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 7 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 8 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left 21 February 1871.

The average strength of the officers during 1870 was 25.8; twenty-one officers were admitted to hospital, two died during the year. One committed suicide, and the other died suddenly of apoplexy.

From 1 January to 31 December 1870, the average strength of the women was 92; 1 woman died of Phthisis pulmonalis.

There were 215 children in the command; 17 children died, 3 from Simple Continued Fever, 2 from diphtheria, 1 from haematemesis, 3 from diarrhoea, 1 from teething, 4 from debility, and 3 from premature birth.

The average strength of NCOs and men was 719. There were 460 admissions (640 admissions/1000 mean strength) to the Brigade Hospital with 5 deaths in hospital, 1 out of hospital and 3 among the invalids (12.25 deaths/1000 mean strength). There was one suicide. Sixty-four of the admissions were the result of excessive drinking; liquor also contributed to 102 surgical cases in hospital. Gonorrhoea and syphilis accounted for only 28 admissions. Such a low number were attributed to the police regulations in force at the time, which compelled prostitutes to submit themselves to regular medical examinations and compulsory treatment.

There were no men of 10th Artillery Brigade at Marsamxetto Barracks during the first two months of the year, and only five at Fort Tigné, during the last three months of the year. The huts were only occupied during the first two months of the year when fevers were not prevalent.

Tents were provided for the men to sleep under at Upper Fort St Elmo Barracks, Marsamxetto Barracks, Fort Tigné, and Fort St Angelo. In each of the barracks, half the men slept under canvass every night, except at Lower Fort St Elmo Barracks, where more than a third of the men slept nightly in tents. All the men occupying the barracks took their turn to sleep under canvass so that they all derived the perceived benefits from the arrangement.

Barracks Occupied by 10th Bde RA in 1870
Barracks Average Strength Fever Admissions Percentage Sick Soldiers Remarks
Upper St Elmo 174 18 10.34 Head Quarters and three Batteries from 1 January to 4 March.
Head Quarters and two Batteries from 4 March to 31 December.
Upper St Elmo Huts 39 0 0 From 1 January to 4 March. The huts were vacated on 4 March 1870.
Fort Tigné 54 11 20.37 One Battery from 1 January to September.
Only 5 men were at the fort during October, November, and December, the fort being vacated for reconstruction.
Fort St Angelo 71 4 5.63 One Battery from 1 January to 31 December.
Fort Ricasoli 66 7 10.60 One Battery from 1 January to 31 December.
San Salvatore 73 2 2.73 One Battery from 1 January to 31 December.
St James Cavalier 116 5 4.31 One Battery from 1 January to September.
Two Batteries from October to 31 December.
Marsamxetto 69 22 31.88 One Battery from 4 March to 31 December.
Table III: Barracks occupied by the Batteries of 10th Bde RA showing the average strength, number of hospital admissions from fever, and the percentage of sick soldiers during the period each barrack was occupied. Ventilation of barrack rooms was inadequate; neither were the wooden huts suitable accommodation for single or married soldiers. They were too hot in summer and too cold and damp in winter. Tents were also used to reduce overcrowding.
10th Bde Royal Artillery 1 January to 31 December 1870
Month Strength 1st day of month Hospital Admissions Deaths
January 675 26 0
February 715 31 0
March 716 40 0
April 715 27 0
May 700 26 0
June 692 39 2
July 748 38 0
August 741 36 2
September 740 58 1
October 739 46 0
November 723 44 1
December 721 49 0
Table IV: Regimental strength on the first day of the month, showing number of admissions to hospital per month, and the number of deaths recorded. TNA:WO 334/77

The following deaths occurred in the regiment during the year:

  • Lieut P. A. Ogle committed suicide by swallowing cyanide of potassium.
  • Lieut H. Williams died suddenly in his quarters while under treatment for fever, from what was described as Congestive Apoplexy.
  • Major A. Fraser 25th Bde RA was landed from board ship extremely ill and died soon after of Bright's disease.
  • Gnr Alexander Bennett aged 30 years, died at the Brigade Hospital, on 30 June 1870, from Phthisis Pulmonalis. His disease was of long standing and the men had been performing light duties only.
  • Gnr James McMillan aged 20 years, shot himself through the head while on guard duty at Fort St Elmo , on 27 June 1870.
  • Gnr John K. Phelp aged 34 years, died at the regimental hospital of 1st/24th, on 9 August 1870, from a fractured skull. He was sitting on a rail in a Barrack room at Fort San Salvatore, when he accidentally fell backwards.
  • Gnr John Share aged 30 years, died at the Brigade Hospital, on 20 August 1870, from Valvular Heart Disease.
  • Gnr Thomas Reynolds aged 34 years, died at the Brigade Hospital, on 30 September 1870, from jaundice. He was admitted into hospital with Simple Continued Fever. He became jaundiced from hepatic complications and died soon after.
  • Gnr James Erroll aged 31 years, died at the Brigade Hospital, on 20 November 1870, from Hepatitis. His post mortem examination showed a large abscess in the right lobe of his liver.

Smallpox was prevalent on the shores of the Mediterranean during autumn of 1870. In Oct, it struck the civilian population. Four children of the RA also became infected with a mild form of the disease.

1871 10th Bde RA

The Royal Artillery had an average strength of 862 men. There were 391 admissions into hospital (453/1000 mean strength), with 14 deaths in hospital, 1 out of hospital and 2 among the invalids (19.72/1000 mean strength). It had the highest proportion of deaths from continued fevers in the garrison with 4.64 deaths per 1000 mean strength.

The Royal Artillery was located at Upper St Elmo Valletta.

  • No 1 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 2 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 3 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 4 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 5 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 6 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 7 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 8 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left 21 February 1871 on disbandment.

1872 10 Bde RA

In 1872, the Royal Artillery had an average strength of 998 men. It had 1046 admissions (1048/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 10 deaths (10.02/1000 mean strength). Its average strength from 30 June to 30 September was 1036 men. During this third quarter of the year when fevers were prevalent, the Royal Artillery had a total of 112 hospital admissions with 8 deaths. It had: 9 cases of enteric fever with 5 deaths, 71 of simple continued fevers with 3 deaths and 32 of febricula with no deaths.

The men were quartered at: Upper St Elmo, Lower St Elmo until April and St Clement's Bastion from April, Marsamxetto Barracks, St James Cavalier, Forts St Angelo, Ricasoli and Manoel.

In 1872 the regimental rank of major was restored to the Royal Artillery. All captains were automatically promoted to majors and all second captains were promoted to majors.

  • No 1 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 2 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 3 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 4 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 5 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 6 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.
  • No 7 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left October 1873.

1873 12 Bde RA

The 12th Brigade of the Royal Artillery arrived from England in October 1873. It relieved 10th Bde RA (797 men) which returned to England on 14 October.

12th Bde RA had an average strength of 212 men. It had 353 admissions (1663/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (4.72/1000 mean strength).

The large number of admissions from diarrhoea in the 12th Brigade RA was attributed by the PMO to change of climate and food and to free indulgence in autumnal fruits and the still fermenting wines of the recent vintage.

In 1873, the 10th Brigade Royal Artillery had an average strength of 797 men. It had 689 admissions (864.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (3.76/1000 mean strength). There was one death from delirium tremens.

  • No 1 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left for England 16 October 1873.
  • No 2 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left 16 October 1873.
  • No 3 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1867. Left 16 October 1873.
  • No 4 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left 16 October 1873.
  • No 5 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left 16 October 1873.
  • No 6 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left 20 October 1873.
  • No 7 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived August 1867. Left 20 October 1873.
  • No 1 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived from England 14 October 1873. Left October 1880. At Marsamxett Bks.
  • No 2 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived 14 October 1873. Left October 1880. At Fort Ricasoli.
  • No 3 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived 14 October 1873. Left January 1881. At Fort Ricardo.
  • No 4 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived 14 October 1873. Left March 1882. At Fort St Angelo.
  • No 5 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived 14 October 1873. Left March 1882. At St James Cavalier.
  • No 6 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived 16 October 1873. Left March 1882. At Fort Manoel.
  • No 7 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived 16 October 1873. Left September 1882. At Fort St Elmo.

1874 12 Bde RA

12th Bde RA had an average strength of 970 men. It had 1075 admissions (1108.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 12 deaths including 2 invalids (12.37 deaths/1000 mean strength). It had 41 invalids returned to England.

The Royal Artillery had 279 admissions/1000 mean strength for continued fevers with one death. The regimental surgeon incriminated employment of men on fatigues during the hot season and exposure to the sun for the admissions from simple fevers.

Three of the 5 admissions of enteric fever during the year, came from Marsamxetto, Ricasoli and St James Cavalier Barracks occupied by 12th Bde RA. The other two came from the 28th and 101st Regiments.

  • No 1 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left October 1880.
  • No 2 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left October 1880.
  • No 3 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left January 1881.
  • No 4 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 5 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 6 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 7 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left September 1882.

1875 12 Bde RA

12th Bde RA had an average strength of 995 men. It had 1042 admissions (1047.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 17 deaths including 1 invalid (17.08 deaths/1000 mean strength). It had 40 invalids returned to England. Its average daily sick was 56.14 (56.42/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 20.59 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 19.67 days.

12th Bde RA was the least healthy of the corps in the command. It had the highest daily sick rates and admissions into hospital; its invaliding rate was the highest in the garrison and the average length of time each case of sickness remained under treatment was longer in the Royal Artillery than in other corps.

The admissions for dyspepsia were numerous as were those resulting from accidents. It had three accidental deaths. One soldier was admitted with small-pox.

The camerata married quarters near the General Hospital was occupied by the families of the Royal Artillery, the regiment in Lower St Elmo Barracks and the Malta Fencibles.

  • No 1 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left October 1880.
  • No 2 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left October 1880.
  • No 3 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left January 1881.
  • No 4 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 5 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 6 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 7 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left September 1882.

1876 12 Bde RA

12th Bde RA had an average strength of 957 men. It had 782 admissions (822.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 16 deaths including 3 invalids (16.72 deaths/1000 mean strength). It had 32 invalids returned to England. Its average daily sick was 46.17 (48.24/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.61 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.55 days.

Enteric fever broke out among the Royal Artillery at St James Cavalier. During the hot summer months the men of the Royal Artillery were placed at night under tents pitched on St James Cavalier. The cause of the outbreak was traced by the medical officer to to the very large town sewer ventilators placed in its roof on account of its elevated position. During the summer months the inmates of the barracks under the cavalier slept on the terrplein and breathed the sewer atmosphere. No more cases occurred once the men were encamped on the adjoining bastion.

  • No 1 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left October 1880.
  • No 2 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left October 1880.
  • No 3 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left January 1881.
  • No 4 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 5 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 6 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 7 Bty 12 Bde RA – Arrived October 1873. Left September 1882.

1877 10 Bde RA

On 1 July 1877 there was a reorganisation of the Royal Artillery. Brigade HQs overseas were broken up. Batteries were rotated instead of whole Brigades. 12th Bde was renamed 10th Bde and five new Garrison Brigades were formed.

10th Bde RA had an average strength of 959 men. It had 616 admissions (642.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 12 deaths including 4 invalids (12.5 deaths/1000 mean strength). It had 20 invalids returned to England. Its average daily sick was 39.71 (41.41/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.01 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.53 days.

  • No 13 Bty 10 Bde RA (1 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873.
    Left October 1880. At Marsamxetto Barracks.
  • No 14 Bty 10 Bde RA (2 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873.
    Left October 1880. At Fort Ricasoli.
  • No 15 Bty 10 Bde RA (3 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left January 1881. At Fort Ricasoli.
  • No 16 Bty 10 Bde RA (4 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882. At Fort St Angelo.
  • No 17 Bty 10 Bde RA (5 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882. At St James Cavalier.
  • No 18 Bty 10 Bde RA (6 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882. At Fort Manoel.
  • No 1 Bty 11 Bde RA (7 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left September 1882. At Fort St Elmo.

1878 Royal Artillery

On 28 Apr 1878, a contingent of Indian Native Troops left Bombay and Crannanore. They were commanded by Major General J Ross CB. The troops arrived at Malta, via Suez and Port Said, on 29 May, after a voyage of 30 days. They were held in readiness at Malta to intervene in the Russo-Turkish War.

Cholera broke out on the Clydesdale and Maraval. Capt W. Lane RA, officer commanding, had had no surgeon but only an apothecary. He therefore applied to the SS Malda for a medical officer. Surgeon Major Raddock, 31st Punjab Native Infantry, was attached to the Royal Artillery, and remained with them until they arrived at Port Said.

The Maraval docked at Malta with 101 men and 109 followers of the Royal Artillery. The Clydesdale arrived on 2 June and went into a seven day quarantine. The men and horses were landed and accommodated in the Lazaretto. Those at Malta were:

M Battery 1st Brigade RA (54 men) and F Battery 2nd Brigade RA (20 men) and the Madras and Bombay European Sappers and Miners arrived from India. M Bty 1st Bde RA and F Bty 2nd Bde RA had 60 admissions into hospital with 5 deaths.

M Battery 1st Brigade RA returned to India during the year. F Battery 2nd Brigade RA, the Madras and Bombay Sappers and Miners embarked for Cyprus in July.

10th Bde RA had an average strength of 981 men. It had 847 admissions (863.4/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (4.08 deaths/1000 mean strength). 45 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 51.50 (52.50/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 19.16 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 22.19 days.

  • No 13 Bty 10 Bde RA (1 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left October 1880.
  • No 14 Bty 10 Bde RA (2 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left October 1880.
  • No 15 Bty 10 Bde RA (3 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left January 1881.
  • No 16 Bty 10 Bde RA (4 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 17 Bty 10 Bde RA (5 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 18 Bty 10 Bde RA (6 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 1 Bty 11 Bde RA (7 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left September 1882.

1879 10 Bde RA

10th Bde RA had an average strength of 954 men. It had 858 admissions (899.4/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 7 deaths (7.34 deaths/1000 mean strength). 63 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 49.77 (52.17/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 19.04 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 22.1 days.

During the prevalence of fever among the civil population in the Manderaggio which was adjacent to Marsamxetto Barracks, Surgeon-General W G Watts recommended the reduction of the strength of the detachment of the Royal Artillery so as to decrease overcrowding in the barracks. During the summer, the troops discontinued wearing their valises when mounting guard; likewise the waist belt and side arms were discontinued to be worn by orderlies and NCOs when on ordinary duties.

  • No 13 Bty 10 Bde RA (1 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left October 1880.
  • No 14 Bty 10 Bde RA (2 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left October 1880.
  • No 15 Bty 10 Bde RA (3 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left January 1881.
  • No 16 Bty 10 Bde RA (4 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 17 Bty 10 Bde RA (5 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 18 Bty 10 Bde RA (6 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 1 Bty 11 Bde RA (7 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left September 1882.

1880 10 Bde RA

10th Bde RA had an average strength of 894 men. It had 649 admissions (725.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 5 deaths (5.59 deaths/1000 mean strength). 12 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 41.96 (46.93/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.17 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.66 days.

  • No 13 Bty 10 Bde RA (1 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left for Gibraltar 13 October 1880.
  • No 14 Bty 10 Bde RA (2 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left for Gibraltar 13 October 1880.
  • No 15 Bty 10 Bde RA (3 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left January 1881.
  • No 16 Bty 10 Bde RA (4 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 17 Bty 10 Bde RA (5 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 18 Bty 10 Bde RA (6 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 1 Bty 11 Bde RA (7 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left September 1882.
  • No 4 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1880. Left November 1886.
  • No 5 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1880. Left November 1886.
  • No 1 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1880. Left August 1882.
  • No 5 Bty 9 Bde RA – Arrived December 1880. Left October 1885.

1881 10 Bde RA

In 1881, the Royal Artillery in Malta was composed of headquarters and 4 batteries. The RA was reorganised on 21 May 1881. Artillery Divisions and Districts were formed in stations having more than three batteries. The eight Btys in Malta were regrouped into the Eastern, Central and Western Districts.

The RA had an average strength of 1113 men. It had 718 admissions (645.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 5 deaths (4.49 deaths/1000 mean strength). 17 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 51.77 (46.51/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.97 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.31 days.

A gunner was killed by lightening. He was marching through the streets of Valletta during a heavy thunderstorm when he was knocked down by lightening. However, no marks were detected and he died two weeks later.

  • No 5 Bty 9 Bde RA – Arrived December 1880. Left October 1885.
  • No 1 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1880. Left August 1882.
  • No 4 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1880. Left November 1886.
  • No 5 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1880. Left November 1886.
  • No 15 Bty 10 Bde RA (3 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left January 1881.
  • No 16 Bty 10 Bde RA (4 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 17 Bty 10 Bde RA (5 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 18 Bty 10 Bde RA (6 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left March 1882.
  • No 1 Bty 11 Bde RA (7 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left September 1882.

1882 10 Bde RA

The RA had an average strength of 990 men. It had 574 admissions (579.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 9 deaths including 2 among the invalids (9.09 deaths/1000 mean strength). 34 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 37.55 (37.92/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.84 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.87 days.

A gunner rolled off while asleep on a high parapet and died from multiple injuries; another accidentally drowned while bathing at Sliema.

On 24 March 1882, 3 batteries of the Royal Artillery left for Gibraltar.

Apr 1882 Reorganisation of the RA with the disbandment of the large five brigades and the formation of eleven territorial divisions. On 18 July, 3 batteries of the Royal Artillery arrived in Malta.

On 18 July, 3 batteries of the Royal Artillery arrived from Gibraltar; on 9 August a battery left for Egypt; on 28 August, one battery arrived from England.

31 Aug 1882 The following four Btys embarked to suppress the revolt in Egypt: No 4 Bty 1 Bde London Div, No 5 Bty 1 Bde London Div, No 5 Bty 1 Bde Scottish Div, No 6 Bty 1 Bde Scottish Div.

On 13 October 1882, two Btys of the London Division returned to Malta from Egypt; the other two Btys of the Scottish Div formed part of the garrison of Alexandria.

  • No 4 Bty London Div RA (4 Bty 10 Bde RA) – Arrived December 1880.
    Left November 1886.
  • No 5 Bty London Div RA (5 Bty 10 Bde RA) – Arrived December 1880.
    Left November 1886.
  • No 6 Bty London Div RA (6 Bty 10 Bde RA).
  • No 1 Bty 1 Bde Scottish Div RA – Arrived from Sheerness 26 August 1882 to replace the Bty in Egypt. Left October 1885.
  • No 5 Bty Scottish Div RA (1 Bty 10 Bde RA – Arrived December 1880.
    Left 24 August 1882.
  • No 6 Bty Scottish Div RA (1 Bty 11 Bde RA).
  • No 7 Bty South Irish Div RA (2 Bty 11 Bde RA) – Arrived April 1882.
    Left February 1888.
  • No 8 Bty South Irish Div RA (3 Bty 11 Bde RA) – Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
  • No 9 Bty South Irish Div RA (4 Bty 11 Bde RA) – Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
  • No 16 Bty 10 Bde RA (4 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left for Gibraltar 24 March 1882.
  • No 17 Bty 10 Bde RA (5 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left for Gibraltar 24 March 1882.
  • No 18 Bty 10 Bde RA (6 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left for Gibraltar 24 March 1882.
  • No 1 Bty 11 Bde RA (7 Bty 12 Bde RA) – Arrived October 1873. Left September 1882.
  • No 1 Bty 1 Bde Southern Div RA – Arrived from Portsmouth 26 August 1882 to replace the Bty in Egypt. Left February 1884.

1883 Royal Artillery

The RA had an average strength of 1062 men. It had 690 admissions (649.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 16 deaths (15.06 deaths/1000 mean strength).
30 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 53.26 (50.15/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 8.30 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 28.17 days.

The RA had the highest death rate in the command attributable to three deaths by violence out of hospital. An artillery men who had been missing for some days was found drowned. A soldier rolled off the top of St James' Cavalier, while sleeping on the roof of his barrack room. Cpl Samuel Merrylees bled to death from a severed external iliac artery when stabbed in the groin with a sword bayonet by a gunner.

The Royal Artillery consisted of Headquarters and 8 batteries:

  • No 4 Bty London Div RA (4 Bty 10 Bde RA) – Arrived December 1880.
    Left November 1886.
  • No 5 Bty London Div RA (5 Bty 10 Bde RA) – Arrived December 1880.
    Left November 1886.
  • No 6 Bty London Div RA (5 Bty 9 Bde RA) – Arrived December 1880.
    Left October 1885.
  • No 7 Bty South Irish Div RA – Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
  • No 8 Bty South Irish Div RA – Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
  • No 9 Bty South Irish Div RA – Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
  • No 1 Bty Scottish Div RA – Arrived August 1882. Left October 1885.
  • No 1 Bty Southern Div RA – Arrived August 1882. Left February 1884.

1884 Royal Garrison Artillery

The Royal Artillery (London Division) had an average strength of 402 men. It had 235 admissions (584.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (2.48 deaths/1000 mean strength). Its average constantly sick was 16.18 (40.24/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.73 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.19 days.

The Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 10 men. It had 11 admissions (584.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 2 invalids returned to England.

The Royal Artillery (Scottish Division) had an average strength of 173 men. It had 51 admissions (294.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 3 invalids returned to England.

The Royal Artillery (South Irish Division) had an average strength of 346 men. It had 259 admissions (748.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (8.67 deaths/1000 mean strength). 18 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 19.21 (55.52/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 20.32 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.14 days.

A gunner was admitted into hospital with multiple injuries after falling down a 6 meter deep shaft at Lower St Elmo Barracks.

In 1884, the Malta Command had 7 batteries of Artillery. A battery left during the year:

  • London Division 411 men (3 Btys)
    1. No 4 Bty 10 Bde RA: Arrived December 1880. Left November 1886.
    2. No 5 Bty 10 Bde RA: Arrived December 1880. Left November 1886.
    3. No 5 Bty 9 Bde RA: Arrived December 1880. Left October 1885.
  • Scottish Division 131 men (1 Bty)
    1. No 1 Bty 1 Bde: Arrived August 1882. Left October 1885.
  • North Irish Division (1 Bty)
    1. 129 rank and file, 141 all ranks.
  • South Irish Division 369 men (3 Btys)
    1. No 7 Bty 1 Bde: Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
    2. No 8 Bty 1 Bde: Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
    3. No 9 Bty 1 Bde: Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
  • Southern Division
    1. No 1 Bty 1 Bde: Arrived August 1882. Left for Egypt on 22 February 1884.
  • Coast Bde (14 men).
  • District Staff (2 men).

1885 Royal Garrison Artillery

The Royal Artillery (London Division) had an average strength of 316 men. It had 255 admissions (806.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (12.65 deaths/1000 mean strength). 16 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 15.82 (50.06/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.27 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 22.64 days.

The Royal Artillery (Scottish Division) had an average strength of 77 men. It had 36 admissions (467.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (25.97 deaths/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 2.09 (27.14/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 9.90 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.19 days.

The Royal Artillery (North Irish Division) had an average strength of 97 men. It had 44 admissions (452.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 3.03 (31.23/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 11.40 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.13 days.

The Royal Artillery (South Irish Division) had an average strength of 443 men. It had 263 admissions (593.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (2.25/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 12.11 (27.33/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 9.97 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 16.80 days.

There were 8 batteries of the Royal Artillery in the Command.

  • London Division (2 Btys) 266 rank and file, 284 all ranks
    1. No 5 Bty 9 Bde RA: Arrived December 1880. Left October 1885.
    2. No 4 Bty 10 Bde RA: Arrived December 1880. Left November 1886.
    3. No 5 Bty 10 Bde RA: Arrived December 1880. Left November 1886.
  • Scottish Division (det) 55 rank and file, 55 all ranks
    1. No 1 Bty: Arrived August 1882. Left October 1885.
  • North Irish Division (1 Bty) 129 rank and file, 141 all ranks
    1. No 1 Bty: Arrived September 1885. Left October 1889.
  • South Irish Division (3 Bty) 380 rank and file, 412 all ranks
    1. No 7 Bty: Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
    2. No 8 Bty: Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
    3. No 9 Bty: Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
  • No 6 Bty Cinque Ports Division: Arrived December 1885. Left October 1889.
  • Coast Bde (12 men).
  • District Staff (4 men).

1886 1st Bde Royal Artillery

The Royal Artillery (Northern Division) arrived from England on 2 Nov 1886 and was stationed in Cottonera for 2 months. It had an average strength of 23 men. It had 22 admissions (956.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (43.48 deaths/1000 mean strength). Its average constantly sick was 1.67 (72.61/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 26.50 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.70 days.

The Royal Artillery (Western Division) arrived from England on 2 Nov 1886 and was stationed in Cottonera for 2 months. It had an average strength of 20 men. It had 13 admissions (650/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 0.63 (31.50/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 11.49 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.68 days.

The Royal Artillery (London Division) left for England on 16 Nov 1886. It had been stationed in Cottonera and Valletta for 11 months and 2 weeks. It had an average strength of 251 men. It had 109 admissions (434.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 6.74 (26.85/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 9.80 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 22.56 days.

The Royal Artillery (Cinque Ports Division) had been stationed in Cottonera for 11 months and in Valletta for 1 month. It had an average strength of 120 men. It had 79 admissions (658.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 4.41 (36.75/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.41 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 20.37 days.

The Royal Artillery (South Irish Division) had been stationed in Valletta for 12 months. It had an average strength of 352 men. It had 237 admissions (673.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (5.68/1000 mean strength). 6 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 15.41 (43.77/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.97 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.73 days.

The Royal Artillery (North Irish Division) had been stationed in Valletta for 12 months. It had an average strength of 132 men. It had 142 admissions (1075.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with no deaths. 5 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.77 (66.44/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 24.19 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 28.38 days.

The Royal Artillery had 5 batteries throughout the year, two from January to 16 Nov 1886 and detachments of two batteries during the last two months of the year.

  • London Div (2 Btys) 265 men
    1. No 4 Bty 1 Bde RA: Arrived December 1880. Left for Portsmouth 16 November 1886 on HMS Serapis.
    2. No 5 Bty 1 Bde RA: Arrived December 1880. Left for Portsmouth 16 November 1886 on HMS Serapis.
  • Scottish Div (det) 55 rank and file, 55 all ranks
    1. No 1 Bty: Arrived August 1882. Left October 1885.
  • North Irish Div (1 Bty) 140 men
    1. No 1 Bty: Arrived September 1885. Left October 1889.
  • South Irish Div (3 Bty) 403 men
    1. No 7 Bty: Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
    2. No 8 Bty: Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
    3. No 9 Bty: Arrived April 1882. Left February 1888.
  • Cinque Ports Div: Arrived December 1885. Left October 1889
    1. No 6 Bty: 115 men
  • Coast Bde (11 men).
  • District Staff (4 men).
  • No 2 Bty Northern Div RA – Arrived November 1886. Left October 1889.
  • No 4 Bty Western Div RA – Arrived November 1886. Left December 1889.

1887 1st Bde Royal Artillery

No 2 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (Northern Division) had an average strength of 136 men. It had 150 admissions (1102.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (29.41 deaths/1000 mean strength). 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 13.42 (98.67/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 36.01 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 36.25 days. The battery was quartered at Fort St Angelo.

No 6 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (Cinque Ports Division) had an average strength of 142 men. It had 77 admissions (542.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (11.11 deaths/1000 mean strength). Its average constantly sick was 3.34 (23.52/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 8.58 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 15.83 days. The battery was quartered at Fort Manoel.

No 1 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from Egypt on 21 Feb 1887. It had an average strength of 90 men. It had 37 admissions (411.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (11.11 deaths/1000 mean strength). 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 3.73 (41.44/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.12 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 36.79 days.

No 4 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (Western Division) had an average strength of 130 men. It had 60 admissions (461.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (7.04 deaths/1000 mean strength). 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 3.58 (27.53/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 10.05 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.77 days.

No 1 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (North Irish Division) had an average strength of 123 men. It had 94 admissions (764.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.15 (44.30/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.17 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.16 days.

No 7 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (South Irish Division) had an average strength of 117 men. It had 102 admissions (871.8/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (8.54 deaths/1000 mean strength). Its average constantly sick was 5.56 (47.52/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.34 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 19.89 days. The battery was quartered at Upper St Elmo.

No 8 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (South Irish Division) had an average strength of 117 men. It had 116 admissions (991.4/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.46 (46.66/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.03 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.17 days. The battery was quartered at Upper St Elmo.

No 9 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (South Irish Division) had an average strength of 116 men. It had 39 admissions (767.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.47 (47.15/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.21 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 22.43 days.

A corporal living in the Camerata married quarters, and an orderly looking after him, developed small-pox; both recovered.

Headquarters and 7 batteries Royal Artillery served in the Command throughout the year. A battery of the Royal Artillery arrived from Egypt in February.

1888 Royal Artillery

No 2 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (Northern Division) had an average strength of 127 men. It had 98 admissions (771.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (7.87 deaths/1000 mean strength). 7 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 7.22 (56.85/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 20.80 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.96 days. The battery was quartered at Fort St Angelo and Fort Delimara.

No 6 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (Cinque Ports Division) had an average strength of 128 men. It had 68 admissions (531.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (7.81 deaths/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 3.56 (27.81/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 10.18 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 19.16 days. The battery was quartered at Valletta.

No 1 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 141 men. It had 54 admissions (382.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (7.09 deaths/1000 mean strength). 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 3.31 (23.47/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 8.59 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 22.43 days. The battery was quartered at Fort San Rocco and Fort Ricasoli.

No 4 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from England on 26 Jan 1888 and was quartered at Valletta. It had an average strength of 135 men. It had 123 admissions (911.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 6.13 (45.41/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.61 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 18.24 days.

No 4 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (Western Division) had an average strength of 126 men. It had 73 admissions (579.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 5.42 (43.01/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.74 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.17 days. The battery was quartered at Cottonera.

No 4 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (Scottish Division) arrived from England on 28 Jan 1888 and was quartered at Valletta. It had an average strength of 126 men. It had 172 admissions (1365.0/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.55 (67.85/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 24.75 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 18.19 days. The battery was quartered at Fort St Elmo.

No 1 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (North Irish Division) had an average strength of 142 men. It had 83 admissions (584.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (21.12/1000 mean strength). 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.56 (39.15/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.33 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.51 days. The battery was quartered at Fort Tigné.

No 3 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (North Irish Division) arrived from England on 26 Jan 1888 and was quartered at Valletta. It had an average strength of 145 men. It had 174 admissions (1200/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (6.89/1000 mean strength). Its average constantly sick was 6.11 (42.13/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.42 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 12.85 days. The battery was quartered at Fort St Elmo.

No 7 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (South Irish Division) had an average strength of 9 men. It had 14 admissions (1555.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital. The battery was quartered at Valletta. It left for England on 9 Feb 1888.

No 8 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (South Irish Division) had an average strength of 10 men. It had 6 admissions (600/1000 mean strength) into hospital. The battery was quartered at Valletta. It left for England on 9 Feb 1888.

No 9 Bty/1st Bde Royal Artillery (South Irish Division) had an average strength of 10 men. It had 9 admissions (900/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (100/1000 mean strength). The battery was quartered at Valletta. It left for England on 9 Feb 1888.

The Royal Artillery had the Headquarters and 8 batteries in the Command. Three batteries arrived from England during the year which replaced three batteries that had left the Command.

1889 Royal Artillery

In July 1889, the Royal Artillery was reorganised with the eleven Territorial Divisions of the Garrison Artillery being regrouped into three large Divisions: Eastern, Southern and Western. The eight Btys Royal Artillery in Malta became The Royal Garrison Artillery Southern Division with 7 Btys and 1186 men.

No 6 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 130 men. It had 98 admissions (753.8/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (15.38 deaths/1000 mean strength). 7 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 6.98 (53.69/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 19.60 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.00 days. The battery was quartered in Valletta for a month and in Cottonera for 11 months.

No 11 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 116 men. It had 78 admissions (672.4/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 4.33 (37.33/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.62 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 20.26 days. The battery was quartered in Cottonera for a month and in Valletta for 9 months. It left for India on 27 Oct 1889.

No 12 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 186 men. It had 79 admissions (424.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (5.38 deaths/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.29 (28.44/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 10.38 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.44 days. The battery was quartered in Valletta for 12 months.

No 18 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 113 men. It had 46 admissions (407.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 2.30 (20.35/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 7.43 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 18.25 days. The battery was quartered in Valletta for a month and in Fort Ricasoli for 9 months. It embarked for India on 27 Oct 1889.

No 21 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 76 men. It had 45 admissions (592.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 3.70 (48.68/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.77 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 30.01 days. The battery was quartered in Valletta for 10 months. It embarked for India on 27 Oct 1889.

No 25 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 162 men. It had 110 admissions (679.0/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (6.17 deaths/1000 mean strength). 11 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 9.24 (57.04/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 20.82 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 30.66 days. The battery was quartered at Fort Tigné for 11 months and one month at Upper St Elmo.

No 26 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 106 men. It had 84 admissions (792.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (9.43 deaths/1000 mean strength). 8 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 7.93 (74.81/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 27.31 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 34.46 days. The battery was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 12 months. It embarked for Singapore on 20 Dec 1889.

No 30 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 99 men. It had 97 admissions (979.8/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 3.58 (36.16/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.19 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 13.47 days. The battery was quartered in Cottonera for 1 month and Upper St Elmo Valletta for eleven months. It embarked for Hong Kong on 20 Dec 1889.

No 35 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 30 men. It had 21 admissions (700/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 1.32 (44.0/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.06 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 22.94 days. The battery was quartered in Cottonera for 2 months. It disembarked from England on 26 Oct 1889.

No 36 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 3 men. It had 54 admissions into hospital with 1 death. Its average constantly sick was 2.71. The battery was quartered in Valletta for 2 months. It disembarked from England on 27 Oct 1889.

No 37 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 3 men. It had 28 admissions into hospital with 1 death. Its average constantly sick was 1.80. The battery was quartered in Valletta for 3 weeks. It disembarked from England on 8 Dec 1889.

Eight batteries Royal Artillery served in the Command throughout the year.

1890 Royal Artillery

No 6 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 146 men. It had 102 admissions (698.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 7.49 (51.30/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.72 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.81 days. The battery was quartered in Fort Ricasoli Cottonera for 12 months.

13 Feb 1890 Bertram G Jarrett aged 2 days, of 6 Southern Division RA, died at St Clements and was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery.

19 Mar Jane G Jarrett aged 37 days, of 6 Southern Division RA, died at St Clements and was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery.

No 12 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 164 men. It had 113 admissions (689/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 6 deaths (36.58 deaths/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.94 (54.51/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 19.90 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 28.88 days. The battery was quartered in Fort Manoel.

No 14 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from Hong Kong on 18 Mar 1890. It had an average strength of 126 men. It had 94 admissions (746/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (7.94 deaths/1000 mean strength). 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 7.36 (58.41/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 21.32 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 28.57 days. The battery was quartered in St James Cavalier Valletta for 9 1/2 months.

No 25 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 156 men. It had 74 admissions (474.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (6.41 deaths/1000 mean strength). 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.55 (35.58/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 12.99 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.37 days. The battery was quartered at Fort Tigné.

No 32 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from Straits Settlements on 18 Mar 1890. It had an average strength of 97 men. It had 72 admissions (742.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (20.62/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 4.19 (43.20/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.77 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.24 days. The battery was quartered in Fort Ricasoli Cottonera for 9 1/2 months.

C Smith aged 27 years, of 32 Southern Division RA, died at Cottonera Hospital and was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery on 11 November 1890.

No 35 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 157 men. It had 98 admissions (624.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.85 (37.26/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.60 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.78 days. The battery was quartered in Forts St Angelo and Ricasoli Cottonera for 12 months.

No 36 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 188 men. It had 139 admissions (739.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (15.96/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 9.03 (48.03/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.53 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.71 days. The battery was quartered in Valletta for 12 months.

No 37 Bty Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 198 men. It had 153 admissions (772.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (15.15/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 10.90 (55.05/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 20.09 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.00 days. The battery was quartered in Upper St Elmo Valletta for 12 months.

Coast Bde Royal Artillery Strength 1 July 1890, 10 men.

District Staff Strength 1 July 1890, 5 men.

10 July Death of Mary L Britton aged 1 year 8 months at Fort Ricasoli.

1891 Royal Artillery

Another reorganisation changed the names of batteries to companies which were grouped in pairs to form double companies.

Maj-Gen A. H. King was succeeded by Maj-Gen O. H. A. Nicolls, who only held the command of the artillery in Malta for a year. He was succeeded by Maj-Gen S. J. Nicholson.

No 2 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) was formed from 2 Coy and 22 Coy. It had an average strength of 50 men. It had 46 admissions (920/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 3.42 (68.40/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 24.97 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.14 days. The battery arrived from England on 12 Oct 1891. It was stationed in Fort Ricasoli Cottonera for 3 months.

No 6 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) was formed from 6 Coy and 25 Coy. It had an average strength of 279 men. It had 135 admissions (483.96/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (3.58/1000 mean strength). 11 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 11.95 (42.83/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.63 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 32.31 days. The battery was quartered in Fort Ricasoli Cottonera for 8 months and Upper St Elmo for 4 months.

No 12 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) was formed from 12 Coy and 35 Coy. It had an average strength of 328 men. It had 177 admissions (539.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 5 deaths (15.24 deaths/1000 mean strength). 11 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 12.86 (39.21/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.31 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.52 days. The battery was quartered in Fort Tigné for 8 months and Fort Ricasoli for 4 months.

No 14 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 128 men. It had 54 admissions (421.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (7.81 deaths/1000 mean strength). 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 4.96 (38.75/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.14 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 33.52 days. The battery was quartered in St James' Cavalier Valletta for 9 months. It embarked for England on 19 Oct 1891.

No 15 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 114 men. It had 83 admissions (728.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.65 (49.56/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.09 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.84 days. The battery was quartered at Fort Ricasoli for 9 months. It embarked for England on 19 Oct 1891.

No 27 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) was formed from 36 Coy and 37 Coy. It had an average strength of 285 men. It had 170 admissions (617.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (3.50/1000 mean strength). 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 11.83 (41.51/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.15 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.59 days. The battery was quartered in Upper St Elmo for 8 months and Fort Tigné for 4 months.

No 29 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 121 men. It had 79 admissions (652.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.69 (46.28/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.89 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.87 days. The battery was quartered in Fort Tigné for 4 months. The company was formed in Malta on 1 Sept 1891.

District Staff Average strength 29 men with 2 admissions into hospital.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1891:

  • 17 Jan Dvr J Blane RA aged 29 years, died at Cottonera Hospital.
  • 30 Aug William Hart aged 21 years of Fort Ricasoli, died at Cottonera Hospital.

1892 Royal Artillery

No 2 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 261 men. It had 226 admissions (865.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 6 deaths (22.99/1000 mean strength). 11 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 10.86 (64.60/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 23.64 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.30 days. The company was stationed in Fort Ricasoli Cottonera for 9 months and Fort Tigné Hutments for 3 months.

No 6 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 281 men. It had 157 admissions (558.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (7.12/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 9.43 (33.56/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 12.28 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.98 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli Cottonera for 3 months and Upper St Elmo and St James' Cavalier for 9 months.

No 12 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 230 men. It had 160 admissions (687/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 6 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 11.91 (51.77/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.95 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.24 days. The company was quartered in Upper St Elmo and St James' Cavalier for 3 months. and Fort Ricasoli for 9 months.

No 27 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 239 men. It had 123 admissions (514.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (8.37/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 11.31 (47.32/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.82 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 33.65 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 9 months and Fort Ricasoli for 3 months.

No 29 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 290 men. It had 113 admissions (389.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (3.45/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 7.77 (26.80/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 9.8 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.17 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 12 months.

District Staff had an average strength of 65 men with 6 admissions into hospital. It was quartered at St James' Cavalier for 12 months.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1892:

  • 8 Jan J Day aged 28 years, died at Cottonera.
  • 12 Jan J Wilson aged 20 years, died at Cottonera.
  • 12 Feb J Fake aged 23 years, died at Cottonera.
  • 3 Oct Egan White aged 3 months, of 27 Coy RA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 21 Oct Ella S L Dowse aged 1 year 4 months, of 27 Coy RA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 2 Nov Robert Holman aged 1 year, of 6 Coy Southern Division RA died at Fort Ricasoli.

1893 Royal Artillery

No 2 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 304 men. It had 138 admissions (453.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (3.29/1000 mean strength). 10 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 10.52 (34.60/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 12.63 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.83 days. The company was stationed in Fort Tigné Hutments for 10 months and Upper St Elmo and St James' Cavalier for two months.

No 6 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 242 men. It had 143 admissions (590.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (12.40/1000 mean strength). 13 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 10.30 (42.56/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.53 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.29 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 10 months and Fort Tigné Hutments for 2 months.

No 12 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 251 men. It had 142 admissions (565.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (7.97/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 10.13 (40.36/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.73 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.04 days. The company was quartered in Upper St Elmo and St James' Cavalier for 10 months and Fort Tigné Hutments for 2 months.

No 27 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 240 men. It had 118 admissions (479.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (4.06/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 6.24 (25.37/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 9.26 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 19.30 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 12 months.

No 29 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 271 men. It had 181 admissions (667.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (14.76/1000 mean strength). 6 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 13.99 (51.62/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.84 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 28.21 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné Hutments for 10 months and Fort Ricasoli for 2 months.

District Staff had an average strength of 104 men with 4 admissions into hospital. It was quartered at St James' Cavalier for 12 months.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1893:

  • 3 Feb C Auckland Brennan RA died at Cottonera Hospital.
  • 3 Feb C Edwards T Bty RHA died at Cottonera Hospital.
  • 7 June Gnr J E Pickering aged 20 years 9 months died at Fort Ricasoli.

1894 Royal Artillery

The double company system introduced in 1891 was abolished from 1 April 1894. The companies reverted to their two constituent companies. The Royal Artillery in the Command consisted of nine companies which were deployed in the following districts:

  • Central District RA – Fort Upper St Elmo.
  • Western District RA – Fort Tigné.
  • Eastern District RA – Fort Ricasoli.

No 2 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 211 men. It had 145 admissions (687.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 10.86 (51.47/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.78 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.33 days. The company was stationed in Upper St Elmo and St James' Cavalier for 10 months and in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 2 months.

No 6 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 201 men. It had 130 admissions (646.8/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (9.05/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.60 (42.78/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.01 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.14 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 12 months.

No 12 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 172 men. It had 66 admissions (383.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (5.81/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 4.67 (27.15/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 9.91 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.82 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 10 months. It embarked for Hong Kong on 24 Oct 1894.

No 22 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 117 men. It had 68 admissions (581.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (8.55/1000 mean strength). 9 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 4.42 (37.78/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.70 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.72 days. The company was stationed in Upper St Elmo and St James' Cavalier for 9 months.

No 25 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 134 men. It had 56 admissions (417/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.44 (40.59/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.82 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 35.45 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 9 months.

No 27 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 80 men. It had 37 admissions (462.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (25/1000 mean strength). Its average constantly sick was 3.13 (30.12/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.28 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 30.87 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 3 months.

No 29 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 203 men. It had 139 admissions (684.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 7.63 (37.58/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.72 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 20.03 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 12 months.

No 30 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 9 men. It had 2 admissions (222.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital. The company arrived from England on 14 Oct 1894 and was in Malta for 2 months.

No 35 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 78 men. It had 54 admissions (692.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital. The company was organised on 1 April. It was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 7 months and embarked for Hong Kong on 24 Oct 1894.

No 36 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 90 men. It had 41 admissions (414.4/1000 mean strength) into hospital. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 7 months and Upper St Elmo for 2 months.

District Staff had an average strength of 20 men with 3 admissions into hospital. It was quartered at St James' Cavalier for 2 months. It was abolished as a separate unit on 1 Mar 1894.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1894:

  • 5 Jan Tinsdale 27 Coy RA died at Cottonera.
  • 22 Sep Harry F Hollandaged 2 months son of QM Sgt RA.

1895 Royal Artillery

No 2 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 173 men. It had 113 admissions (653.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (11.56/1000 mean strength). 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.29 (47.92/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.49 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.78 days. The company was stationed in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 12 months.

No 6 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 15 men. It had 8 admissions (533.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital. The average sick time to each soldier was 12.65 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.73 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 1 month. It left for Ceylon on 3 Feb 1895.

No 8 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from Hong Kong on 8 Jan 1895. It had an average strength of 155 men with 142 admissions (916.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 11.16 (72.0/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 26.28 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 28.69 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 10 months and Upper St Elmo for 2 months.

No 16 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from Ceylon on 4 Apr 1895. It had an average strength of 130 men with 95 admissions (730.8/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 1 death (7.69/1000 mean strength). Its average constantly sick was 5.31 (46.85/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.91 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 20.40 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 10 months.

No 22 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 182 men. It had 106 admissions (582.4/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 6 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.61 (47.31/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.27 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 29.65 days. The company was stationed in Upper St Elmo and St James' Cavalier for 7 months and Fort Ricasoli for 5 months.

No 25 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 12 men. It had 1 admission into hospital. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 2 weeks. It embarked for Singapore on 19 Jan 1895.

No 26 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from Singapore on 21 Mar 1895. It had an average strength of 104 men. It had 64 admissions (586.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (9.62/1000 mean strength). Its average constantly sick was 7.21 (69.33/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 25.30 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 43.14 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 9 months.

No 29 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 169 men. It had 143 admissions (846.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (11.84/1000 mean strength). 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 11.63 (68.82/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 25.12 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 29.68 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 7 months and at Upper St Elmo and St James' Cavalier for 5 months.

No 30 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from Hong Kong on 8 Jan 1895. It had an average strength of 167 men. It had 149 admissions (892.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (5.99/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 6.80 (40.72/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.86 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 16.64 days. The company was quartered at Fort Ricasoli for 12 months.

No 36 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 183 men. It had 110 admissions (601.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.39 (45.85/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.73 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 27.84 days. The company was quartered at Upper St Elmo for 10 months and Fort Tigné and Hutments for 2 months.

In 1895, the breech loading gun was introduced in Malta.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1895:

  • 24 Feb Dorothy Margaret Duggan aged 1 month, died at Cottonera.
  • 2 Nov Gnr Henry Gilbert Lloyd aged 21 years died at Cottonera.
  • 30 Nov Kathleen Florence Moore aged 2 days, daughter of Gnr Moore died at Fort Ricasoli.

1896 Royal Artillery

No 5 Coy Royal Artillery (Eastern Division) arrived from Gibraltar on 2 Nov 1896. It had an average strength of 26 men. It had 18 admissions (692.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (38.46/1000 mean strength). Its average constantly sick was 1.19 (45.77/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.75 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.20 days. The company was stationed in Fort St Elmo for 2 months.

No 17 Coy Royal Artillery (Eastern Division) arrived from Gibraltar on 2 Nov 1896. It had an average strength of 26 men. It had 10 admissions (384.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital. The average sick time to each soldier was 13.94 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 36.23 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 2 months.

No 2 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 144 men with 81 admissions (562.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 2 deaths (13.80/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 6.37 (44.24/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.19 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 28.78 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 10 months. It embarked for Gibraltar on 2 Nov 1896.

No 8 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 188 men with 132 admissions (702.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (15.96/1000 mean strength). 6 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 10.25 (54.52/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 19.95 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 28.42 days. The company was quartered in Fort St Elmo and St James' Cavalier for 10 months and Fort Ricasoli for 2 months.

No 16 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 179 men with 62 admissions (316.4/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 3.91 (21.84/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 7.99 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.08 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 12 months.

No 22 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 173 men. It had 69 admissions (398.8/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (11.56/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 4.83 (27.92/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 10.22 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.62 days. The company was stationed in Fort Ricasoli for 12 months.

No 26 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 165 men. It had 102 admissions (618.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 6 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.93 (54.12/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 10.81 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 32.04 days. The company was stationed in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 12 months.

No 29 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 185 men. It had 115 admissions (621.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (5.41/1000 mean strength). 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.26 (44.65/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.34 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 26.20 days. The company was quartered in Upper St Elmo for 10 months and Fort Tigné and Hutments for 2 months.

No 30 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 104 men. It had 102 admissions (525.8/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (5.15/1000 mean strength). 6 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 6.70 (34.54/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 12.64 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.04 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 10 months and at Upper St Elmo and St James' Cavalier for 2 months.

No 36 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 139 men. It had 102 admissions (733.8/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (7.10/1000 mean strength). 1 invalid returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 6.49 (46.69/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.09 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.29 days. The company was quartered at Fort Tigné and Hutments for 10 months. It left for Gibraltar on 2 Nov 1896.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1896:

  • 7 Jan Ida Hamblin Bugg aged 24 years wife of Cpl Bugg RA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 18 June Percival Thomas Holland aged 8 months, son of Sgt Artificer Holland died at Cottonera.
  • 19 July Gnr Henry Embrey aged 29 years, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 18 Aug Michael Forder aged 1 day, son of Gnr George Forder RA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 8 Sep James Herbert McDermott aged 3 years 9 months, died at Kalkara.
  • 23 Sep Gnr Archibald Fenwick aged 20 years 6 months, died at Cottonera.

1897 Royal Artillery

No 4 Mountain Bty arrived from England on 19 Apr 1897. It had an average strength of 125 men, with 140 admissions (1120/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 2 deaths (16/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 6.17 (49.36/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.02 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 16.09 days. From Apr 1897, the company was stationed in Crete for 7 1/2 months. It left Crete in Nov 1897 and was then at Verdala Barracks until the end of the year.

No 5 Coy Royal Artillery (Eastern Division) had an average strength of 182 men, with 83 admissions (456/1000 mean strength) into hospital. 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.84 (32.09/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 11.71 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.68 days. The company was quartered at Fort St Elmo for 12 months.

No 17 Coy Royal Artillery (Eastern Division) had an average strength of 174 men. It had 111 admissions (637.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (11.50/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.65 (32.47/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 11.85 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 18.58 days. The company was stationed in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 12 months.

No 8 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 112 men. It had 83 admissions (741.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (8.92/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 4.97 (44.37/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.20 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.86 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 9 months. It embarked for Bermuda on 2 Oct 1897.

No 16 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 196 men. It had 100 admissions (510.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (10.20/1000 mean strength). 6 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.65 (28.83/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 10.52 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 20.62 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 12 months.

No 17 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from England on 2 Oct 1897. It had an average strength of 24 men, with 20 admissions (833.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 1.13 (47.08/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.19 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 20.62 days. The company was stationed in Fort Ricasoli for 3 months.

No 19 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from England on 2 Oct 1897. It had an average strength of 33 men with 26 admissions (787.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 1.24 (37.58/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.72 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.41 days. The company was stationed in Fort Ricasoli for 3 months.

No 22 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 137 men. It had 65 admissions (474.4/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (14.60/1000 mean strength). 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 3.03 (22.12/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 8.07 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.01 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 9 months. It embarked for Jamaica on 2 Oct 1897.

No 26 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 164 men. It had 108 admissions (658.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (24.39/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 7.43 (45.30/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.54 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.11 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 12 months.

No 29 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 164 men. It had 108 admissions (658.5/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (24.39/1000 mean strength). 4 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 7.43 (45.30/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 16.54 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.11 days. The company was quartered at Fort Tigné and Hutments for 12 months.

No 30 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 160 men. It had 121 admissions (756.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (18.75/1000 mean strength). 5 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.36 (52.25/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 19.07 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 25.22 days. The company was quartered in Fort St Elmo and St James' Cavalier for 12 months.

In 1897 work began on the construction of Wolseley Battery between Tas Silg and Delimara. The battery was no longer required by 1906.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1897:

  • 25 Jan Frances May Greig aged 2 months, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 5 Apr Florence Hilda Lever aged 1 year 1 month, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 17 May Alice Macintosh Black aged 31 years, wife of R Gilchrist Black died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 3 Sep Gnr William Robert Syle aged 27 years 11 months, 22 Coy RA died at Cottonera.
  • 20 Oct Gnr William Andrew Smith aged 29 years, died at Cottonera.

1898 Royal Artillery

No 4 Mountain Bty embarked for England on 3 Feb 1898. It was quartered at Pembroke Camp for one month.

No 5 Coy Royal Artillery (Eastern Division) had an average strength of 179 men. It had 134 admissions (748.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (5.59/1000 mean strength). 7 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 7.31 (40.84/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 14.91 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 19.91 days. The company was quartered at Fort St Elmo for 11 months and Fort Tigné for 1 month.

Lt G H Pickard and 55 men of 5 Coy went to Crete when trouble broke out between the Greek and Turkish communities. The men withdrew in May 1899.

No 17 Coy Royal Artillery (Eastern Division) had an average strength of 147 men. It had 117 admissions (795.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (6.80/1000 mean strength). 6 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.54 (37.69/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.76 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.28 days. The company was stationed in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 11 months and Pembroke Camp for 1 month.

No 1 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from England on 12 May 1898. It had an average strength of 136 men with 170 admissions (1250/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 1 death (7.35/1000 mean strength). 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 7.54 (55.44/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 20.24 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 16.19 days. The company was quartered in Pembroke Camp for 7 1/2 months.

No 16 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 219 men. It had 120 admissions (547.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (9.14/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 5.50 (25.11/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 9.17 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 16.73 days. The company was quartered in Fort Ricasoli for 12 months.

No 17 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 157 men. It had 137 admissions (872.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 3 deaths (19.11/1000 mean strength). 6 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.84 (56.31/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 20.55 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 23.55 days. The company was stationed in Fort Ricasoli for 1 month and Upper St Elmo for 11 months.

No 19 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 197 men. It had 172 admissions (873.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 4 deaths (20.30/1000 mean strength). 6 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 8.16 (41.42/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 15.12 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 17.32 days. The company was stationed in Fort Ricasoli for 12 months.

No 26 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 169 men. It had 81 admissions (743.1/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 6.49 (59.54/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 21.73 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 29.25 days. The company was quartered in Fort Tigné and Hutments for 8 months. It embarked for Gibraltar on 4 Sept 1898.

No 27 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from Cork on 23 Sept 1898. It had an average strength of 54 men with 38 admissions (703.7/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 1.64 (30.37/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 11.09 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 15.75 days. The company was quartered in St Elmo for 3 months.

No 29 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) had an average strength of 119 men. It had 108 admissions (907.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 4.56 (38.32/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 13.99 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 15.41 days. The company was quartered at Fort Tigné and Hutments for 9 months. It embarked for India on 23 Sept 1898.

No 30 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) was quartered in St Elmo for 1 month. It embarked for England on 26 Jan 1898.

No 31 Coy Royal Artillery (Southern Division) arrived from Cork on 4 Sept 1898. It had an average strength of 85 men with 69 admissions (811.8/1000 mean strength) into hospital. Its average constantly sick was 2.01 (24.0/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 8.76 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 10.79 days. The company was quartered at Fort Tigné and Hutments for 4 months.

No 24 Coy Royal Artillery (Western Division) arrived from Mauritius on 26 Jan 1898. It had an average strength of 186 men with 201 admissions (1080.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital and 1 death (5.38/1000 mean strength). 3 invalids returned to England. Its average constantly sick was 10.11 (54.35/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 19.84 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 18.36 days. The company was quartered at Fort Ricasoli for 11 months.

Staff Royal Artillery had an average strength of 22 men with 6 admissions into hospital.

Head Quarters Royal Artillery was at Auberge de Castille. The District HQs were as follows:

  • HQ Central District RA at Upper St Elmo
  • HQ Western District RA at Fort Tigné
  • HQ Eastern District RA at Fort Ricasoli

The following were baptised in 1898:

  • 17 Mar Albert Collins born on 12 January 1898, son of QM Sgt Robert James Collins 17 Coy Southern Division RA and Fanny, resident at Valletta.
  • 17 Mar Lilian Maud Beach born on 26 February 1898, daughter of Sgt Frank Beach 17 Coy Southern Division RA and Elizabeth, resident at Valletta.
  • 10 Apr Wilfred Arton Strickland born on 24 February 1898, daughter of Coy QM Sgt Ernest Arthur George Strickland and Sibyl Arton, resident at Tigné.
  • 17 Apr William Thomas Miller born on 15 March 1898, son of Bdr Robert Miller and Annie, resident at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 28 Apr Frederick James Smith born on 18 April 1898, son of Sgt Richard Smith and Jane, resident at Valletta.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1898:

  • 8 June Edward Thomas Osbourne aged 5 months, son of Sgt W J Osbourne RA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 14 June Alice Maud Mary Benton aged 3 months, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 11 Aug Thomas William Coleby aged 22 hours, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 26 Oct George Wills aged 7 weeks, son of Sgt Wills RA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 27 Oct William Charles Benton aged 2 years 2 months, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 19 Nov Pte John Duncan McDonald aged 25 years, died at Cottonera.
  • 24 Nov Gnr Allan Reid aged 30 years, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 20 Dec Mary Ives aged 36 years, wife of QM Sgt Ives RA died at Fort Ricasoli.

1899 Royal Garrison Artillery

The Royal Field Artillery and the Royal Garrison Artillery emerged from the reorganisation of the Royal Artillery of 1 July 1899. The mountain artillery was included in the RGA.

1 July 1899 The Strength of the Royal Garrison Artillery was 1702 men (9 Coys)
The Boer War broke out in South Africa on 11 October 1899.

  • No 1 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived from England May 1898. Left for South Africa on 23 December 1899. Strength 214 men at Pembroke Camp (June 1899).
  • No 16 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived from Ceylon April 1895. Left for South Africa on 23 December 1899. At Fort Ricasoli (June 1899), with 234 men.
  • No 17 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived October 1897. Left November 1901. At Fort St Elmo (June 1899) with 158 men.
  • No 19 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived September 1897. Left November 1901. At Fort Ricasoli (June 1899) with 216 men.
  • No 27 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived from England September 1898. Left October 1902. At Fort St Elmo (June 1899) with 137 men.
  • No 31 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived from Cork September 1898. Left October 1902. At Fort Tigné (June 1899) with 218 men.
  • No 5 Coy Eastern Div RA – Arrived from Gibraltar November 1895. Left for South Africa 17 January 1900. Strength 200 men at Tigné Barracks (June 1899).
  • No 17 Coy Eastern Div RA – Arrived from Gibraltar November 1896. Left November 1901. Strength 214 men at Tigné Barracks and Pembroke Camp (June 1899).
  • No 24 Coy Western Div RA – Arrived from Mauritius January 1898. Left November 1901. At Fort Ricasoli. Strength 227 men (June 1899).

The following were baptised in 1899:

  • 2 Feb Frederic Leslie Woodmore born on 7 January 1899, son of Sgt Frederic George Woodmore and Frances Louisa, resident at Pembroke.
  • 5 Feb Frederick Richard Griffin born on 24 December 1898, son of Sgt Albert Edward Griffin and Edith, resident at Ricasoli.
  • 27 Sep William Owen Cracknell born on 13 September 1899, son of Sgt Frederick Charles Cracknell 27 Coy Southern Div RA and Julian Alice, resident at 148 Strada St Ursula Valletta.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1899:

  • 11 Jan Dorothy Edith Hill aged 2 years 3 months, daughter of Sgt Hill RA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 3 Feb Edith Whitmore aged 3 months, daughter of Gnr Whitmore RA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 18 Feb Gnr Edmond Thurston aged 32 years.
  • 25 Apr Gnr David Davies aged 25 years, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 10 June William Thomas Miller aged 15 months son of Bdr Miller RA died at Polverista Barracks.
  • 26 July Kathleen May Garrett aged 25 days daughter of Bdr died at Rinella.
  • 9 Sep Gnr Richard Braiser Eastern Division RA Tigne aged 32 years 9 months died at Cottonera.
  • 15 Oct William Leslie Gentle aged 5 months, son of George Gentle died at Fort Ricasoli.

1900 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • Staff and District Establishment 139 men.
  • No 1 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived from England May 1898. Left 23 December 1903. Strength 191 men at Fort Tigné.
  • No 4 Coy Southern Div RGA – Arrived from Portsmouth on 24 January 1900. Left November 1903. Strength 219 men at Fort Tigné (July 1900).
  • No 13 Coy Southern Div RGA – Arrived from the Isle of Wight 2 January 1900. Left 2 November 1903. Strength 170 men at Fort Ricasoli (January 1900).
  • No 17 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived October 1897. Left November 1901.
    At Fort St Elmo (January 1899) with 148 men and Fort Ricasoli (July 1900).
  • No 19 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived September 1897. Left November 1901.
    At Fort Ricasoli (January-May 1900) with 243 men, and Fort Upper St Elmo (July 1900).
  • No 27 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived from England September 1898. Left October 1902.
    At Fort St Elmo (January 1900) with 147 men, and St George's Barracks (July 1900).
  • No 31 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived from Cork September 1898. Left October 1902.
    At Pembroke (January 1900) with 202 men and St George's Barracks (July 1900).
  • No 5 Coy Eastern Div RA – Arrived from Gibraltar November 1895. Left for South Africa January 1900.
    Strength 214 men at Tas Silg Barracks (January 1899).
  • No 17 Coy Eastern Div RA – Arrived from Gibraltar November 1896. Left for South Africa January 1900.
    Strength 215 men at Fort St Elmo (July 1900) and Pembroke Camp (January 1899).
  • No 24 Coy Western Div RA – Arrived from Mauritius January 1898. Left November 1901.
    At Fort Ricasoli. Strength 204 men (January 1900).

24 Feb Baptism of Algernon Frederick Down born on 26 October 1899, son of Sgt Charles Frederick Down RGA and Louisa, resident at Ricasoli.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1900:

  • 3 Jan Florence Elizabeth Hodges aged 2 years 10 months, daughter of Frederick Hodges RGA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 26 Feb Gnr John Sutter RGA aged 22 years, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 23 Apr Gnr Thomas Ward RGA aged 29 years, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 3 June Nellie Miriam Duggan aged 1 year 5 months, daughter of Sgt RGA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 5 June Ellen Stanfield aged 4 months, daughter of Sgt RGA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 5 Sep Daisy Miller aged 15 months, daughter of Sgt Maj RGA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 5 Sep Gwendoline May Sholl aged 4 months, daughter of Sgt Sholl RGA died at Fort Ricasoli.

1901 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • No 1 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived from England May 1898. Left 23 December 1903. Strength 204 men.
  • No 4 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived from England 24 January 1900. Left November 1903.
    Strength 213 men. At Fort Tigné (January 1901).
  • No 8 Coy Southern Div RGA.
  • No 12 Coy Southern Div RGA – Arrived from Singapore November 1901. Left March 1904.
  • No 13 Coy Southern Div RGA – Arrived from the Isle of Wight 2 January 1900. Left 2 November 1903.
    Strength 213 men at Fort Ricasoli and Fort Tigné (January 1901).
  • No 17 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived October 1897. Left for Tincomalee November 1901.
    At Fort Ricasoli (January 1901) with 210 men.
  • No 19 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived September 1897. Left for India November 1901.
    At Fort Ricasoli (January-May 1900) with 210 men, at Pembroke Camp (July 1900).
  • No 27 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived from England September 1898. Left October 1902.
    At Fort St Elmo (January 1900) with 196 men (January 1901), and St George's Barracks (July 1900).
  • No 31 Coy Southern Div RA – Arrived from Cork September 1898. Left October 1902.
    At Pembroke (January 1900) with 217 men and St George's Barracks (July 1900).
  • No 3 Coy Eastern Div RGA – Arrived from India December 1901. Left October 1902.
  • No 17 Coy Eastern Div RA – Arrived from Gibraltar November 1896. Left for Bermuda November 1901.
    Strength 201 men at Fort St Elmo (July 1900) and Pembroke Camp (January 1899).
  • No 16 Coy Western Div RGA – Arrived from Aden December 1901. Left November 1903.
  • No 24 Coy Western Div RA – Arrived from Mauritius January 1898. Left for England November 1901.
    At Fort Ricasoli. Strength 204 men (January 1900).

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1901:

  • 5 July Marguerite Hilda Jukes aged 12 months, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 29 July Charles Arthur Cook aged 9 months, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 11 Oct Gnr William H Debbage RGA aged 26 years, died at Cottonera Hospital.

1902 3rd/Royal Garrison Artillery

1 Jan 1902 Eastern, Southern and Western Divs of the RGA were abolished. All the companies were numbered from 1 upwards.

  • No 37 Coy RGA (January 1902) (3 Coy Eastern Div RGA)
    Arrived from India December 1901. Left for England October 1902.
  • No 44 Coy RGA (January 1902) (16 Coy Western Div RGA)
    Arrived from Aden December 1901. Location Fort Tigné. Left November 1903.
  • No 48 Coy RGA (January 1902) (12 Coy Southern Div RGA)
    Arrived from Singapore November 1901. Left March 1904.
  • No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa October 1902. Left May 1920.
  • No 77 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar March 1902. Location Fort Ricasoli. Left September 1904.
  • No 81 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left August 1904.
  • No 86 Coy RGA (January 1902) (1 Coy Southern Div RA)
    Arrived from England May 1898. Strength 204 men. Location Fort Tigné (July 1901). Left for Bombay November 1902.
  • No 87 Coy RGA (January 1902) (31 Coy Southern Div RA)
    Arrived from Cork September 1898. Location Fort Ricasoli (1902). Left for Trincomalee October 1902.
  • No 88 Coy RGA (January 1902) (27 Coy Southern Div RA)
    Arrived from England September 1898. Location Fort St Elmo (January 1900) with 196 men, and St George's Barracks (July 1900).
    Left for Colombo October 1902.
  • No 92 Coy Arrived from South Africa October 1902. Left October 1904.
  • No 93 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left October 1904.
  • No 94 Coy RGA (January 1902) (13 Coy Southern Div RGA)
    Arrived from the Isle of Wight 2 January 1900. Location Fort Ricasoli and Fort Tigné (January 1901).
    Strength 213 men. Left 2 November 1902.
  • No 95 Coy RGA (January 1902) (4 Coy Southern Div RA)
    Arrived from England 24 January 1900. Strength 213 men. Location Fort Tigné (January 1901). Left November 1903.
  • No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914.

9 Apr 1902 Gnr Robert Shea, aged 38 years, from Ireland, 3rd Bn Royal Garrison Artillery murdered his wife Catherine Shea by shooting her in the head in the bedroom of their married quarter at the Camerata, Valletta. Shea was tried before the Criminal Courts of Malta on 28 November 1902. His defence lawyer raised a plea of insanity and Shea was examined at the Lunatic Asylum Attard. Shea had never shown any signs of insanity but the jury, against medical opinion, found Shea not guilty on the grounds of being insane at the time. On 21 April 1903, Shea was moved to Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1902:

  • 22 Feb Gnr Robert Hayes RGA aged 28 years, died at Cottonera.
  • 10 Mar Alice Gertrude Marion Scarff aged 6 hours, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 4 May Albert John Butler RGA aged 26 years, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 30 June CSM Moses Hill RGA aged 34 years, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 15 Aug George Frederick Farmer aged 3 months, died at Fort Ricasoli.

1903 3rd/Royal Garrison Artillery

Head Quarters RGA at Auberge de Castille.

  • Eastern District — Fort Ricasoli
    1. No 81 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left August 1904.
    2. No 93 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left October 1904.
    3. No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914.
  • Central District — Fort St Elmo and St James' Cavalier
    1. No 48 Coy RGA (January 1902) (12 Coy Southern Div RGA)
      Arrived from Singapore November 1901. Left March 1904.
    2. No 77 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar March 1902. Left September 1904.
  • Western District — Fort St Elmo and St James' Cavalier
    1. No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa October 1902. Left May 1920. At Fort Pembroke.
    2. No 92 Coy Arrived from South Africa October 1902. Left October 1904. At Fort Tigné.
    3. No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920. At Fort Tigné.
    4. No 100 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left September 1914. At Fort Pembroke.
  • No 44 Coy RGA (January 1902) (16 Coy Western Div RGA). Arrived from Aden December 1901. Left November 1903.
  • No 95 Coy RGA (January 1902) (4 Coy Southern Div RA). Arrived from England 24 January 1900. Left November 1903.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1903:

  • 14 April QM Sgt D Thomas RGA aged 40 years, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 12 June Lily Lilian Brewster aged 33 years, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 16 Aug Harry Fletcher aged 15 hours, died at Fort Ricasoli.

1904 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 5 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left October 1914.
  • No 48 Coy RGA (January 1902) (12 Coy Southern Div RGA) – Arrived from Singapore November 1901.
    Left for England March 1904.
  • No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920.
  • No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 77 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar March 1902. Location at Fort Ricasoli. Left for India September 1904.
  • No 81 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Location at Fort Ricasoli. Left for India September 1904.
  • No 92 Coy Arrived from South Africa October 1902. Location at Fort Tigné. Left for Colombo November 1904.
  • No 93 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left for Trincomalee November 1904.
  • No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914. At Fort Ricasoli.
  • No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920.
  • No 100 Coy Arrived July 1904. Left September 1914.
  • No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1904:

  • 29 June Rowland George Jones aged 3 months, son of Charles Jones RGA died at Married Quarters Rinella.
  • 26 July George Herbert Fearney aged 1 year 1 month, son of James Fearney RGA died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 28 July Gnr William Gorst RGA aged 22 years 2 months.

1905 Royal Garrison Artillery

The total average strength of the eight companies of the Royal Garrison Artillery during the first nine months of 1905, including the District Staff, was 1,936. During this period there were 88 cases of Mediterranean fever, giving a ratio of 45.34 per 1000 strength.

The men of the Garrison Artillery in Malta were, as a rule older and of greater length of service than the average infantry soldier. A larger proportion had already been on foreign service. As to length of stay in the island, two of these companies (No 63 and No 99) arrived in 1902, two (No 99 and No 100) in 1903, and the other four in 1904. It was not unusual, however, for men to exchange between one company and another. The companies did not move from station to station as a body, but changed their personnel by individual reliefs.

Two companies (No 65 and No 96) were stationed at St. Elmo, three companies (No 1, No 99 and No 102) at Fort Tigné (with a detachment at St George's for a part of the time), and three companies (No 5, No 63 and No 100) at Fort Ricasoli. St James Cavalier had a detachment of 138 men of the Royal Garrison Artillery from No 65 Coy RGA.

  • No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left May 1920. Strength 190 men.
  • No 5 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left October 1914. Strength 235 men.
  • No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920. Strength 216 men.
  • No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920. At Upper St Elmo Barracks. Strength 205 men.
  • No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914. At Upper St Elmo Barracks. Strength 217 men.
  • No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920. Strength 222 men. It was quartered at Fort Tigné. The fort was occupied by three companies of the RGA. It consisted of an old fort with few small rooms which ceased to be occupied after 1905. It had two new blocks of quarters for 100 men each and 15 huts for 18 men each. In addition there were married quarters and offices outside the fort. In summer most of the men slept under canvas. Their mattresses were placed directly on the ground as the men were not supplied with beds.
  • No 100 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left September 1914. Strength 240 men.
  • No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920. Strength 215 men.

9 Aug 1905 Burial of Robert Plummer No 65 Coy RGA aged 36 yrs at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 3, Grave 12).

2 Oct Burial of Gnr John Byron of Fort Ricasoli aged 23 yrs at Mtarfa Military Cemetery (Plot 4, Row 4, Grave 1).

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1905:

  • 22 Feb Gnr James Lyrrell aged 24 years 1 month, died at Ricasoli.
  • 11 July Gnr Ernest Sidney Hunt RGA aged 27 years 1 month, died at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 28 Aug Gnr Christopher Bohm RGA aged 29 years, of Fort St Elmo.
  • 28 Aug Gnr George Astle RGA aged 23 years, of Fort Ricasoli.
  • 4 Sep Gnr Duncan Orr RGA aged 25 years 11 months, of Fort Ricasoli.
  • 27 Sep Frank James Jones aged 24 hours, of Married Quarters Fort Ricasoli.

1906 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 5 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left October 1914.
  • No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920.
  • No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920. At St Elmo Barracks.
  • No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914. At Fort Ricasoli.
  • No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920. At Fort Tigné.
  • No 100 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left September 1914.
  • No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.

The following was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1906:

  • 17 Jan Sgt George Garrett aged 29 years 1 month, of Fort Ricasoli.
  • 27 Jan Gnr James Dakin aged 24 years 1 month, of Fort Ricasoli.
  • 2 Feb William Owen Bottle aged 10 months, son of Thomas Bottle of Fort Ricasoli.
  • 27 May Cpl Ralph Radcliffe aged 34 years 4 months, of Fort St Leonardo.

1907 Royal Garrison Artillery

Apr 1907 Maj Gen J. C. Dalton Inspector Royal Garrison Artillery opposed a plan to abandon the north west of Malta and allow the enemy to land unopposed and wait for him at the Victoria Lines. Consequently new infantry defensive positions were constructed on Mellieha Ridge. Another defensive line was constructed on the Wardija Ridge. This stretched from the village to the west coast.

  • RA East District - Location Fort Ricasoli
    1. No 5 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left October 1914.
    2. No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920.
    3. No 100 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left September 1914.
  • RA West District - Location Fort Tigné
    1. No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left May 1920.
    2. No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920.
    3. No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920. Location St George's Barracks.
  • RA Central District - Location Fort St Elmo
    1. No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920.
    2. No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914.

The following were buried at Rinella Military Cemetery in 1907:

  • 24 June Bdr William Harvard aged 28 years of Fort Ricasoli.
  • 7 Nov Gnr George Thorn RGA aged 19 years 5 months.

1908 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • RA East District - Location Fort Ricasoli
    1. No 5 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left October 1914.
    2. No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920.
    3. No 100 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left September 1914.
  • RA West District - Location Fort Tigné
    1. No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left May 1920.
    2. No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920.
    3. No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.
  • RA Central District - Location Fort St Elmo
    1. No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920.
    2. No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914.

27 Jan 1908 Gnr Sidney Broomfield RGA aged 19 years 10 months was buried at Rinella Military Cemetery.

1909 Royal Garrison Artillery

13 April 1909 Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Birt undertook an extensive study of Common Continued Fever in Malta, and concluded that the so called Maltese Fever, was none other than phlebotomus fever, a sand-fly-borne viral infection. Birt used volunteers from No 99 Coy RGA to carry out his biting experiments. He wrote: Science and humanity owe a debt of gratitude to the self sacrificing courage and zeal of the gunners of the 99th Company of the Royal Garrison Artillery. When the object of the research was explained to them, they vied with one another in offering themselves as cheerful victims for the sake of mankind. The men of this company are of splendid physique, and they rejoice in rude health, which they maintain by the enthusiastic pursuit of athletics. Those volunteers who were selected for experiment had resided less than a year in the island. They were all exceptionally healthy, strong, and muscular men. The aches and pains during the acme of phlebotomus fever make the sufferer an object of our profound pity. Those who of their own accord knowingly submit to them are martyrs indeed.1 In this way it was proved that sand-flies fed on a soldier suffering from simple continued fever, which were conveyed by the quickest route to England, were capable of setting up the disease in two Royal Army Medical Corps officers in London.

  • RA East District - Location Fort Ricasoli
    1. No 5 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left October 1914.
    2. No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920.
    3. No 100 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left September 1914.
  • RA West District - Location Fort Tigné
    1. No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left May 1920.
    2. No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920.
    3. No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.
  • RA Central District - Location Fort St Elmo
    1. No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920.
    2. No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914.

1910 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • Central Div - Location Fort St Elmo
    1. No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left May 1920. Fort St Elmo.
    2. No 100 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left September 1914. Upper St Elmo Barracks.
  • Eastern Div - Location Fort Ricasoli
    1. No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920.
    2. No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914.
    3. No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920.
  • Western Div - Location Fort Tigné
    1. No 5 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left October 1914.
    2. No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920.
    3. No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920. St George's Barracks.

1911 Royal Garrison Artillery

In 1911, Governor Sir Leslie Rundle, Colonel Commandant RA, laid down the foundation stone of Tigné Garrison Church

  • No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 5 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left October 1914.
  • No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920.
  • No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920. At St Elmo Barracks.
  • No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914. At Fort Ricasoli.
  • No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920. At Fort Tigné.
  • No 100 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left September 1914.
  • No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.

1912 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 5 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left October 1914.
  • No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920.
  • No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920. At St Elmo Barracks.
  • No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914. At Fort Ricasoli.
  • No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920. At Fort Tigné.
  • No 100 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left September 1914.
  • No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.

1913 Royal Garrison Artillery

In the latter half of 1913 the RGA in Malta was grouped into three districts:

  • Eastern District
    1. No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left May 1920.
    2. No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.
  • Central District
    1. No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920.
    2. No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920. At St Elmo Barracks.
  • Western District
    1. No 5 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left October 1914.
    2. No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914. At Fort Ricasoli.
    3. No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920. At Fort Tigné.
    4. No 100 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left September 1914.

The following were baptised at St Matthews Church Ricasoli in 1913:

  • 9 Mar Norah Frances Lewis born on 13 January 1913, daughter of Cpl Leonard Loftus Lewis 1 Coy RGA and Margaret resident at 17a Married Quarters Ricasoli.
  • 15 Apr Frank Desmond Gainher born on 6 January 1913, son of Master Gunner Percy William Nugent Gainher RGA and Emmie resident at Fort San Rocco.
  • 13 June Bdr Alfred James Chuck 1 Coy RGA born on 26 January 1893, son of James and Mary Chuck resident at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 29 June Marian Julia Lukehurst born on 21 May 1913, daughter of CSM William Lukehurst and Maud resident at 19b Married Quarters Ricasoli.
  • 5 Nov Patricia St Elmo Hendley born on 22 August 1913, daughter of Cpl Frederick Charles Hendley and Emily Blanche resident at St Nicholas Quarters Verdala Barracks.
  • 23 Nov Lillian Edith White born on 3 November 1913, daughter of Cpl Alfred George White and Euphemia resident at 16 Rinella Quarters Ricasoli.
  • 7 Dec Eileen May Cowland born on 16 November 1913, daughter of Bdr Charles John Cowland and Rita resident at St Nicholas Quarters Verdala Barracks.
  • 7 Dec Robert Arthur George Harrison born on 24 September 1913, son of Cpl William Alfred Harrison and Ada Mary resident at 12 Married Quarters Ricasoli.
  • 21 Dec Charles Kinmond Downie born on 11 August 1913, son of Master Gunner William Kinmond Downie and Gladys Gwynnett resident at Fort Ricasoli.

1914 Royal Garrison Artillery

The artillery was organised into three districts: Eastern District RA (HQ at Fort Ricasoli), Central District RA (HQ Fort St Elmo ), and Western District RA (HQ Fort Tigné) with a total strength of 1409 men.

  • Eastern District
    1. No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left May 1920.
    2. No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.
  • Central District
    1. No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920.
    2. No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920. At St Elmo Barracks.
  • Western District
    1. No 5 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left October 1914.
    2. No 96 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar October 1902. Left September 1914. At Fort Ricasoli.
    3. No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920. At Fort Tigné.
    4. No 100 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left September 1914.

14 Sept 1914 No 5 Coy, No 96 Coy and No 100 Coy RGA embarked for England.

The following were baptised at St Matthews Church Ricasoli in 1914:

  • 16 Feb Cyril John Gover born on 16 December 1913, son of Sgt Daniel Gover and Violet Catharine resident at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 5 Apr Frank St Elmo Allcock born on 22 March 1914, son of Bdr Frank Allcock and Lily Rose resident at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 31 May Eileen Margaret Thomas born on 24 April 1914, daughter of Cpl Richard Thomas 102 Coy RGA and Ethel resident at Rinella Married Quarters Ricasoli.
  • 6 Dec George Alfred Willis Bousfield born on 19 October 1914, son of Sgt John George Willis Bousfield 1 Coy RGA and Elizabeth resident at Rinella Married Quarters Ricasoli.
  • 6 Dec Ronald William Redmen born on 24 October 1914, son of Trumpeter William Michael Redmen 1 Coy RGA and Lily Eliza resident at Rinella Married Quarters Ricasoli.

1915 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • No 1 Coy Eastern District RA. Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left for England on 29 May 1920.
  • No 102 Coy Eastern District RA – Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 63 Coy Central District RA – Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left for England on 12 April 1919.
  • No 65 Coy Central District RA. Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 99 Coy Western District RA. Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920.

The following were baptised at St Matthews Church Ricasoli in 1915:

  • 29 Jan Stanley Arthur Greenhill born on 11 December 1914, son of Cpl Frank Howard Greenhill 102 Coy RGA and Louisa Charlotte resident at Rinella Married Quarters.
  • 12 Aug Edward Richard Charles Harrison born on 23 July 1915, son of Sgt William Alfred Harrison 102 Coy RGA and Ada Mary resident at St Nicholas Married Quarters Verdala.
  • 5 Sep Elizabeth May McGowan born on 24 August 1915, daughter of SSgt William Sydney McGowan RGA and Lily May resident at Verdala Barracks.
  • 4 Nov Florence May Scudds born on 31 October 1915, daughter of CSM Charles William Scudds and Florence Katherine resident at Verdala Married Quarters.

The following were baptised in the Zejtun Gate Church Room in 1915:

  • 24 Jan Reginald Herbert Kitchener Prior born on 8 January, son of CSM George William and Alice Mary Prior of Married Quarters Verdala.
  • 21 Feb Sybil Annie Banks born on 17 January, daughter of Bdr Alexander and Eleanor Banks of Married Quarters Verdala.
  • 21 Mar Phyllis May Bayliss born on 24 February, daughter of Master Gunner Thomas Baynham and Emily Matilda Bayliss of Married Quarters Verdala.

1916 Royal Garrison Artillery

Strength: 1409 men.

  • No 1 Coy Eastern District RA. Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left for England on 29 May 1920.
  • No 102 Coy Eastern District RA – Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 63 Coy Central District RA – Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left for England on 12 April 1919.
  • No 65 Coy Central District RA. Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 99 Coy Western District RA. Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920.

The following were baptised at St Matthews Church Ricasoli in 1916:

  • 26 Sep William Edgar Kitchener Greenhill born on 8 September 1916, son of Sgt Frank Greenhill and Louisa resident at Rinella Married Quarters.
  • 29 Oct Gladys Assie Banks born on 16 October 1916, daughter of Cpl Alexander Banks and Eleanor resident at Rinella Married Quarters.
  • 24 Dec Gnr Thomas Arthur Harwood born on 11 September 1887, son of Thomas Harwood and Emiline resident at Fort Ricasoli.
  • 24 Dec Gnr John Charles Herring born on 10 November 1883, son of John Herring and Jane resident at Fort Ricasoli.

1917 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • No 1 Coy Eastern District RA. Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left for England on 29 May 1920.
  • No 102 Coy Eastern District RA – Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 63 Coy Central District RA – Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left for England on 12 April 1919.
  • No 65 Coy Central District RA. Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 99 Coy Western District RA. Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920.

The following were baptised in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1917:

  • 5 Aug Enid Joan Coleby born on 15 July 1917, daughter of QMS Henry Charles Coleby and Elizabeth Emma, resident at 4 A Block, Floriana Married Quarters.
  • 8 Aug Olive Barbara Herbert born on 10 July 1917, daughter of Master Gunner William Henry Herbert and Gertrude, resident at 1 C Block, Msida Bastion Floriana.

8 Apr 1917 Denis Patrick Alfred Harrison born on 17 March, son of Acting CQMS William Harrison and Ada resident at Rinella Married Quarters, was baptised at St Matthews Church Ricasoli.

1918 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • No 1 Coy Eastern District RA. Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left for England on 29 May 1920.
  • No 102 Coy Eastern District RA – Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 63 Coy Central District RA – Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left for England on 12 April 1919.
  • No 65 Coy Central District RA. Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920.
  • No 99 Coy Western District RA. Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920.

The following were baptised in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1918:

  • 27 Feb Walter Maurice Robinson born on 14 February 1918, son of Sgt Major William Henry Robinson and Effie Winfred, resident at No 9 D Block Msida Bastion Floriana.
  • 28 Apr Frances Victoria Griffiths born on 1 April 1918, daughter of Sgt George William Griffiths and Dorothy, resident at No 22 C Block Msida Bastion Floriana.

7 Apr 1918 Minnie Dorothy Greenhill born on 22 March, daughter of Acting QMS Frank Howard Greenhill and Louisa Charlotte resident at No 6 Rinella Married Quarters,was baptised at St Matthews Church Ricasoli .

1919 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left for England on 29 May 1920. Strength (1 July 1919): 2 officers, 33 other ranks.
  • No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Strength (1 July 1919): 6 officers, 30 other ranks.
  • No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. Left May 1920. Strength (1 July 1919): 3 officers, 32 other ranks.
  • No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. Left May 1920. Strength (1 July 1919): 2 officers, 32 other ranks.
  • No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. Left May 1920. Strength (1 July 1919): 2 officers, 38 other ranks.

5 Aug 1919 Albert William Vokes born on 27 August, son of Fitter Sgt Wallace Vokes 65th Coy RGA and Beatrice, resident at No 8 Quarters Camerata Valletta, was baptised in the Barracca Church Valletta.

3 Aug 1919 Charles Henry Matthews born on 23 Dec, son of Fitter Sgt Thomas Bernard Matthews and Hilda Selina resident at Rinella Married Quarters Ricasoli, was baptised at St Matthews Church Ricasoli.

1920 Royal Garrison Artillery

On 29 May 1920, all RGA Coys in Malta were absorbed into A and B Coast Batteries Royal Garrison Artillery. By 1 November 1920, A and B Btys became part of I Medium Brigade.

  • No 1 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1904. Left for England on 29 May 1920. Strength (1 January 1920): 5 officers, 54 rank and file.
  • No 63 Coy Arrived from South Africa September 1902. Left May 1920. Strength (1 January 1920): 6 officers, 62 rank and file.
  • No 65 Coy Arrived from India November 1904. On 29 May 1920 amalgamated with No 99 Coy to form A Coast Bty RGA. Strength (1 January 1920): 5 officers, 59 rank and file.
  • No 99 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar November 1903. On 29 May 1920 amalgamated with No 65 Coy to form A Coast Bty RGA. Strength (1 January 1920): 1 officer, 22 rank and file.
  • No 102 Coy Arrived from Gibraltar September 1904. On 29 May 1920 was redesignated B Coast Bty RGA. Strength (1 January 1920): 6 officers, 59 rank and file.
  • I Medium Brigade.
    1. 2nd (H) Battery. Strength (1 November 1920): 4 officers, 89 rank and file
    2. A Bty 114 rank and file
    3. B Bty 104 rank and file
    4. Artillery Clerks: 2 rank and file

The following were baptised in the Barracca Church Valletta in 1920:

  • 4 Apr Olive Bridge born on 3 March 1920, twin daughter of Sgt John Edward Bridge and Mabel, resident at No 47 Quarters Camerata, Valletta.
  • 4 Apr Narjone Bridge born on 3 March 1920, twin daughter of Sgt John Edward Bridge and Mabel, resident at No 47 Quarters Camerata, Valletta.

1921 Royal Garrison Artillery

1 Jan 1921

  • I Medium Brigade. RGA – Left November 1921 for Shoeburyness Essex.
  • 2nd Medium (H) Bty. Strength (1 January 1921): 4 officers, 83 rank and file.
  • Coast Artillery
    1. A Coast Bty. Formed 29 May 1920. Strength (1 January 1921): 133 rank and file.
    2. B Coast Bty. Formed 29 May 1920. Strength (1 January 1921): 115 rank and file. Total of 20 officers both Btys.
  • Artillery Clerks: Strength (1 January 1921): 6 men.

1 June 1921

HQ and District Establishment: 15 officers, 9 R&F

A and B Coast Btys RGA, becameS and T Coast Btys RGA. They were under the command of HQ and District Establishment RGA Malta. The whole of the Royal Artillery occupied Tigné Barracks.

  • HQ I Medium Brigade. Strength (1 June 1921): 3 officers, 5 rank and file.
    1. 1st Medium (H) Bty. Ordered from Palestine to Malta in April 1921.
    2. 2nd Medium (H) Bty. Strength (1 June 1921): 11 officers, 295 rank and file (Total both Btys).
  • HQ and District Establishment. Strength (1 June 1921): 15 officers, 9 rank and file.
    1. S Coast Bty. Formed 29 May 1920. Strength (1 June 1921): 10 officers, 223 rank and file (Total both Btys).
    2. T Coast Bty. Formed 29 May 1920.
  • Artillery Clerks: Strength (1 June 1921): 6 men.

(1 December 1921: RGA.)

  • HQ III Medium Brigade. Arrived November 1921 and relieved I Medium Brigade RGA. Left February 1927.
    1. 9th Medium (H) Bty. Ordered from Palestine to Malta in April 1921.
    2. 10th Medium (H) Bty. Strength (1 June 1921): 11 officers, 295 rank and file (Total both Btys).
  • HQ and District Establishment. Strength (1 June 1921): 15 officers, 9 rank and file.
    1. S Coast Bty.
    2. T Coast Bty.
  • Artillery Clerks

10 July 1921 Winifred Doris Durnin daughter of Dorothy Grace and Gnr James Joseph RGA of Fort Tigné, born on 17 June 1921, was baptised at St Oswald's Church Mtarfa.

1922 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • HQ III Medium Brigade. – Left September 1922 for the Black Sea on an emergency deployment. Returned to Malta 16 September 1923.
    Left February 1927. Strength (1 January 1922): 3 officers, 4 rank and file.
    1. 9th Medium (H) Bty. Ordered from Palestine to Malta in April 1921. Left by October 1922.
    2. 10th Medium (H) Bty. Strength (1 January 1922): 2 officers, 210 rank and file (Total both Btys).
  • HQ and District Establishment. Strength (1 January 1922): 8 officers, 12 rank and file.
    1. S Coast Bty. Left May 1924.
    2. T Coast Bty. Total strength (1 January 1922) both Btys: 2 officers, 212 rank and file.
  • Artillery Clerks: 1 clerk.

1923 Royal Garrison Artillery

  • HQ III Medium Brigade. – Left September 1922 for the Black Sea on an emergency deployment.
    Returned to Malta 16 September 1923. Left February 1927.
    1. 2nd Medium Bty. Arrived between 1 July and 1 December 1923.
    2. 10th Medium (H) Bty. Strength (1 January 1923): 1 officer, 6 rank and file.
  • HQ and District Establishment. Strength (1 January 1923): 7 officers, 7 rank and file.
    1. S Coast Bty. Left May 1924.
    2. T Coast Bty. Total strength (1 January 1923) both Btys: 6 officers, 47 rank and file.
  • Artillery Clerks: 1 clerk.

1924 Royal Garrison Artillery / Royal Artillery

  • HQ III Medium Brigade. – Strength (1 January 1924): 2 officers, 9 rank and file. Left February 1927.
    1. 2nd Medium Bty. Strength (1 January 1924): 6 officers, 101 rank and file.
    2. 10th Medium (H) Bty. Strength (1 January 1924): 6 officers, 102 rank and file.
  • HQ and District Establishment. Strength (1 January 1924): 8 officers, 61 rank and file.
    1. S Coast Bty. Left May 1924.
    2. T Coast Bty. Total strength (1 January 1924) both Btys: 10 officers, 164 rank and file.
  • Artillery Clerks: 1 clerk.

1 May 1924 The titles Royal Field Artillery and Royal Garrison Artillery ceased to exist and were replaced by that of Royal Artillery.
S Coast Bty and T Coast Bty were redesignated 12 and 23 Heavy Batteries.

  • HQ RA and District Establishment. Strength (1 July 1924): 10 officers, 76 rank and file.
    1. 12th Heavy Bty RA. Strength (1 July 1924): 5 officers, 84 rank and file. Left October 1925.
    2. 23rd Heavy Bty RA. Strength (1 July 1924): 5 officers, 85 rank and file. Left October 1926.
  • HQ 3rd Medium Brigade. Strength (1 July 1924): 2 officers, 9 rank and file. Left February 1927.
    1. 2nd Medium Bty. Strength (1 January 1924): 6 officers, 109 rank and file.
    2. 10th Medium (H) Bty. Strength (1 January 1924): 5 officers, 102 rank and file.
  • Artillery Clerks: 1 clerk.

1925 Royal Artillery

  • HQ RA and District Establishment. Strength (1 January 1925): 10 officers, 103 rank and file.
    1. 10th Heavy Bty RA. Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925. Left November 1943.
    2. 12th Heavy Bty RA. Strength (1 January 1925): 6 officers, 88 rank and file. Left for Hong Kong 8 October 1925.
    3. 23rd Heavy Bty RA. Strength (1 January 1925): 7 officers, 84 rank and file. Left for Hong Kong 24 October 1926.
  • HQ 3rd Medium Brigade RA. Strength (1 January 1925): 2 officers, 12 rank and file. Left February 1927.
    1. 2nd Medium Bty (TD). Strength (1 January 1925): 6 officers, 127 rank and file.
    2. 10th Medium (TD) (How) Bty. Strength (1 January 1925): 7 officers, 127 rank and file.
  • Artillery Clerks: 6 clerks.

1926 Royal Artillery

  • HQ RA and District Establishment. Strength (1 January 1926): 11 officers, 86 rank and file.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA. Arrived from Portsmouth 26 October 1926. Left November 1943.
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA. Arrived from Jamaica 8 October 1925. Strength (1 January 1926): 4 officers, 76 rank and file. Left November 1943.
    3. 23rd Heavy Bty RA. Strength (1 January 1926): 4 officers, 74 rank and file. Left for Hong Kong 24 October 1926.
  • HQ 3rd Medium Brigade RA. Strength (1 January 1926): 2 officers, 12 rank and file. Left February 1927.
    1. 2nd Medium Bty (TD). Strength (1 January 1926): Total both Btys, 12 officers, 187 rank and file.
    2. 10th Medium (TD) (How) Bty.
  • Artillery Clerks.

1927 Royal Artillery

  • HQ RA and District Establishment. Strength (1 January 1927): 11 officers, 96 rank and file.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA. Arrived from Portsmouth 26 October 1926. Strength (1 January 1927): 4 officers, 82 rank and file. Left November 1943.
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA. Arrived from Jamaica 8 October 1925. Strength (1 January 1927): 6 officers, 82 rank and file. Left November 1943.
  • HQ 3rd Medium Brigade RA. Left February 1927.
    1. 2nd Medium Bty (TD). Strength (1 January 1927): Total both Btys, 12 officers, 176 rank and file.
    2. 10th Medium (TD) (How) Bty.
  • HQ 2nd Medium Brigade RA. Arrived from India on May 1927. Left April 1928.
    1. 4th Medium Bty (TD). Total both Btys (1 April 1927) 14 officers and 173 men.
    2. 7th Medium (TD) (How) Bty.
  • Artillery Clerks - 6 clerks.

1928 Royal Artillery

  • HQ RA and District Establishment. Strength (1 January 1928): 11 officers, 57 rank and file.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA. Arrived from Portsmouth 26 October 1926. Strength (1 January 1928): 4 officers, 53 rank and file. Left November 1943.
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA. Arrived from Jamaica 8 October 1925. Strength (1 January 1928): 4 officers, 66 rank and file. Left November 1943.
  • HQ 2nd Medium Brigade RA. Arrived from India on May 1927. Left for Shoeburyness Essex June 1928.
    1. 4th Medium Bty (TD) (How). Total both Btys (1 January 1928) 11 officers, 137 men.
    2. 7th Medium (TD) (How) Bty.
  • Artillery Clerks – 5 clerks.

1929 Royal Artillery

  • HQ RA and District Establishment. Strength (1 January 1929): 10 officers, 99 rank and file.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA. Arrived from Portsmouth on 26 October 1926. Strength (1 January 1929): 5 officers, 83 rank and file.
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA. Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925. Strength (1 January 1929): 5 officers, 111 rank and file.
  • Artillery Clerks - 1 clerk.

1930 Royal Artillery

  • HQ RA and District Establishment. Strength (1 January 1930): 11 officers, 91 rank and file.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA. Arrived from Portsmouth on 26 October 1926. Strength (1 January 1930): 5 officers, 100 rank and file.
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA. Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925. Strength (1 January 1930): 3 officers, 100 rank and file.
  • Artillery Clerks - 1 clerk.

1931 Royal Artillery

  • HQ RA and District Establishment. Strength (1 January 1931): 9 officers, 92 rank and file.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Portsmouth on 26 October 1926. Strength (1 January 1931): 4 officers, 86 men.
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925. Strength (1 January 1931): 5 officers, 93 men.
  • Artillery Clerks - 5 clerk.

1932 Royal Artillery

  • HQ RA and District Establishment. Strength (31 December 1932): 119 rank and file.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Portsmouth on 26 October 1926. 81 rank and file (31 December 1932).
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925. 80 rank and file (31 December 1932).
    3. AA div RA. (1 Officer, 37 men).
  • Artillery Clerks - 4 men.

1933 Royal Artillery

  • Heavy Bde HQ RA. Strength (31 December 1933): 92 men. Formed in Malta on 1 April 1933. Left November 1943.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Portsmouth on 26 October 1926. Strength (31 December 1933): 91 men.
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925. Strength (31 December 1933): 95 men.
    3. 10th AA Bty RA. Formed 1 April 1933. Left September 1935. Strength (31 December 1933): 46 men.
  • Artillery Clerks: Strength (31 December 1933) 3 men.

1934 Royal Artillery

  • IV Heavy Bde HQ RA. Formed in Malta on 1 April 1933. Left November 1943. Strength: 10 officers, 100 men.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Portsmouth on 26 October 1926. Strength 7 officers, 113 men.
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925. Strength 7 officers, 113 men.
    3. 10th AA Bty RA. Formed 1 April 1933. Left September 1935. Strength 6 officers, 185 men.
    4. 13th AA Bty RA. Arrived from Blackdown Camp England on 15 September 1934. Strength 72 men
  • Artillery Clerks - 4 clerks.

1935 Royal Artillery

The Malta garrison was reinforced following Italy's invasion of Abyssinia.

  • IV Heavy Bde HQ RA. Formed in Malta on 1 April 1933. Left November 1943. Strength: 8 Officers, 37 men.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Portsmouth on 26 October 1926. Strength 5 Officers, 112 men.
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925. Strength 5 Officers, 98 men.
    3. 23rd Heavy Bty RA – Formed on 11 September 1935.
    4. 22nd Medium Bty RA (H). Arrived from Fort Widley Portsmouth on 27 September and Marched to Mtarfa Barracks. Left for Portsmouth 1 October 1936.
  • Anti Aircraft Bde RA.
    1. 10th AA Bty RA. Formed 1 April 1933. Left September 1935. Transferred to II AA Bde.
    2. 13th AA Bty RA. Arrived from England on 7 September 1934. Transferred to II AA Bde. Left September 1935.
  • II AA Bde RA
    1. Arrived on 11 September 1935. Marched to Mtarfa Barracks which had been left unoccupied for the previous six years.
      Left October 1936. Deployed to Malta because of the Italian crisis in Abyssinia. Strength 11 officers, 222 men.
    2. 4th AA Bty
    3. 5th AA Bty
    4. 6th AA Bty
    5. 2nd AA MG Bty. Arrived from Southampton on 10 September and Marched to Mtarfa Barracks.
  • Artillery Clerks - 3 clerks.

1936 Royal Artillery

The Malta garrison was reinforced following Italy's invasion of Abyssinia.

  • IV Heavy Bde HQ RA. Formed in Malta on 1 April 1933. Left November 1943.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Portsmouth on 26 October 1926.
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925.
    3. 23rd Heavy Bty RA – Formed on 11 September 1935.
    4. 22nd Medium Bty RA (H). Arrived from Fort Widley Portsmouth on 27 September and marched to Mtarfa Barracks. Left for Portsmouth 1 October 1936.
  • Anti Aircraft Bde RA.
    1. 10th AA Bty RA. Formed 1 April 1933. Left September 1935. Transferred to II AA Bde.
    2. 13th AA Bty RA. Arrived from England on 7 September 1934. Transferred to II AA Bde. Left September 1935.
  • II AA Bde RA – Arrived on 11 September 1935. Marched to Mtarfa Barracks which had been left unoccupied for the previous six years.
    Returned to England October 1936. Deployed to Malta because of the Italian crisis in Abyssinia.
    1. 4th AA Bty
    2. 5th AA Bty
    3. 6th AA Bty
    4. 2nd AA MG Bty. Arrived from Southampton on 10 September and marched to Mtarfa Barracks.
  • VII AA Bde RA. Formed in October 1936 on the departure of II AA Bde. Left March 1944.
    1. 10 AA Bty RA. From II AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
    2. 13 AA Bty RA. From II AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
  • Artillery Clerks - 3 clerks.

1937 Royal Artillery

  • IV Heavy Bde HQ RA. Formed in Malta on 1 April 1933. Left November 1943. Strength (31 December 1937): 279 all ranks.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Portsmouth on 26 October 1926.
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925.
    3. 23rd Heavy Bty RA – Formed on 11 September 1935.
  • VII AA Bde RA.
    1. Formed in October 1936 on the departure of II AA Bde. Left March 1944. Strength (31 December 1937): 205 all ranks.
    2. 10 AA Bty RA. From II AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
    3. 13 AA Bty RA. From II AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
  • Artillery Clerks - 4 clerks.

1938 Royal Artillery

A group of batteries commanded by a Lt Col was at first called a brigade division and then a brigade. On 11 May 1938, regiments replaced artillery brigades. The Roman numerals were also replaced.

  • 4 Heavy Regt HQ RA. Total 393 men.
    1. 6 Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Portsmouth on 26 October 1926.
    2. 10 Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925.
    3. 23 Heavy Bty RA.
  • 7th AA Regt RA. Strength (30 June 1938): 301 all ranks.
    1. 10 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
    2. 13 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
  • Artillery Clerks. 4 clerks.

1939 Royal Artillery

1 June 1939 AA Regts and Btys became Heavy Anti Aircraft (HAA), and AA Machine Gun Batteries became Light Anti Aircraft Batteries (LAA).

  • 26th Anti Tank Regt RA.
    1. Arrived on 13 April 1939 on HMT Nevasa. Strength (30 June 1939): 12 officers, 244 rank and file.
      Location: Tigné Barracks. Left September 1943.
    2. 15th ATK Bty RA.
    3. 40th ATK Bty RA. (40th and 71st linked temporarily in August 1939).
    4. 48th ATK Bty RA.
    5. 71st ATK Bty RA.
  • 4th Heavy Regt HQ RA.
    1. Strength (30 June 1939): 23 officers, 352 rank and file.
      The regt vacated Tigné Barracks to allow its use by an infantry battalion.
    2. 6th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Portsmouth on 26 October 1926.
    3. 10th Heavy Bty RA – Arrived from Jamaica on 8 October 1925.
    4. 23rd Heavy Bty RA.
  • 7th AA Regt RA. Strength (30 June 1939): 18 officers, 379 men.
    1. 10 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
    2. 13 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
  • Artillery Clerks - 5 clerks.

1940 Royal Artillery Coast Defence and Anti Aircraft

On 10 June Italy entered the war. On the following day it launched its first air raids on Malta.
In December 1940, the Heavy Defence Units were redesignated Coast Defence Units.

  • 7th AA Regt RA. Strength (30 September 1940): 19 officers, 364 rank and file.
    1. 10 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
    2. 13 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936. In 1940, it had a gun position at Bubakra on the south coast of Malta.
    3. 27 HAA Bty RA – Arrived October 1940. Left March 1944. In November 1940, moved out of Tigne Barracks to its war location. The barrack blocks were taken over by No 222 HAA Bty.
  • 26 Anti Tank Regt RA
    1. Arrived on 13 April 1939 on HMT Nevasa. Strength 284 men. It acted in support of Malta Infantry Brigade and among their tasks manned the 18 pdr Beach Guns, the 12 pdr Bty on Marfa Ridge and provided one mobile 6 inch Howitzer Bty in support of Mellieha and Wardija Sectors, and one 3.7 inch Howitzer Bty in support of St Thomas Bay and Marsaxlokk Sectors.
      In September 1940 it was redesignated 13 Mobile Coast Defence Regt RA (280 men). It left in September 1943.
    2. 15th ATK Bty RA.
    3. 40th ATK Bty RA. (40th and 71st linked temporarily in August 1939).
    4. 48th ATK Bty RA.
    5. 71st ATK Bty RA.
  • 13th Mobile Coast Defence Regt RA. Strength (30 September 1940): 14 officers, 234 rank and file.
    1. 15th ATK Bty RA.
    2. 40th ATK Bty RA. (40th and 71st linked temporarily in August 1939).
    3. 48th ATK Bty RA. On 20 May 1940, moved to Tax Xlejli on the road heading west between Gudja and Ghaxaq .
    4. 71st ATK Bty RA.
  • 4th Heavy Regt HQ RA.
    1. Strength (30 September 1940): 20 officers, 378 rank and file. Located at Fort Tigné.
      Became 4th Coast Regt with 6th and 10th Coast Bty RA.
    2. 6th Heavy Bty RA
    3. 10th Heavy Bty RA
    4. 23rd Heavy Bty RA
  • 12 Fld Regt RA
    1. Arrived on 10 November 1940 as a mobile artillery and established its HQ at Luqa. Their medical officer Lt H C Kennedy RAMC was based at ADS Tarxien.
      Operated smoke screen of the Grand Harbour.
      Left for North Africa in September 1943.
    2. 6/23 Fld Bty
    3. 49/91 Fld Bty
  • 10th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt arrived November 1940. Left May 1943.
    1. 190 HAA Bty RA (T)
    2. 191 HAA Bty RA (T)
    3. 222 HAA Bty RA (T). Moved into Tigne Barracks in November 1940.
  • 59th Light Anti Aircraft Bty arrived from Liverpool in November 1940 and Marched to Fort Ricasoli.
  • 4 SL Regt RA/RMA. Arrived November 1940. Left March 1945.
    1. 484 Search Light Bty RA (TA) joined 4 SL Regt RA/RMA – from the UK on November 1940.
  • Recruit Depot.
  • Artillery Clerks.

1941 Royal Artillery

Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers Regiments serving in Malta between 10 June 1941 and 13 May 1945.

27 June 1941 At 22:30 hrs, three battle casualties were treated at Tal Qroqq AA position. No 1503028 L/Bdr John Frederick Hopkinson 27 Bty 7 HAA Regt was found to be dead; No 1503040 L/Bdr F. Hart 27 Bty 7 HAA Regt had a fractured left femur and burns to his abdomen; No 1531679 Gnr Williams 27 Bty 7 HAA Regt had lacerations to his right hand and burns to his right leg. The two casualties were taken by ambulance to No 90 General Hospital Mtarfa.

29 Mar 1941 At 22:30 hrs, bombs were dropped in Tigné area. No 1587932 Gnr H. A. Savage 222 HAA Bty 10th HAA Regt had a slight contusion to his right foot. He was evacuated to ADS St Andrews from MAP Tigné on 30 March at 10:30 hrs. In the bombing the bus ambulance attached to MAP Tigné sustained minor damage.

  • HQ 7 Anti Aircraft Bde – Formed January 1941. Left April 1944.
  • HQ 10 Anti Aircraft Bde – Formed April 1941. Left May 1944.
  • 12th Field Regt RA
    1. Arrived in November 1940 as a Mobile Artillery. 38 officers and 539 men (as of 30 September 1941).
      Operated the smoke screen defence for the Grand Harbour. By August 1941, 12th Field Regiment reorganised itself to a three battery establishment with 6 Fld Bty, 23 Fld Bty and 49/91 Fld Bty. Strength (30 June 1941): 37 officers, 541 men. Left for North Africa in September 1943.
    2. 6/23 Fld Bty. (Arr November 1940, Left November 1941)
    3. 6 Fld Bty. (Arr November 1941, Left September 1943)
    4. 23 Fld Bty. (Arr November 1941, Left September 1943)
    5. 49/91 Fld Bty
  • 26th Defence Regt RA.
    1. On 29 June 1941, 13th Mobile Coast Defence Regt RA was redesignated 26th Defence Regt RA.
      Strength (30 June 1941): 27 officers, 269 men. In August 1941, the regiment was joined by 13 Defence Bty RMA.
    2. 15/40 Defence Bty RA.
    3. 48/71 Defence Bty RA.
    4. 13 Defence Bty RMA
  • Royal Artillery - Coast Defence. HQ RA – 5 other ranks.
  • HQ Fixed Defences - 3 Officers, 11 men
  • 4th Coast Regt RA. Strength (30 June 1941): 23 officers, 407 men.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA
    3. 23rd Heavy Bty RA
  • 13th Mobile Coast Defence Regt RA. On 29 June 1941, 13th Mobile Coast Defence Regt RA was redesignated 26th Defence Regt RA. Strength 271 men.
    1. 15th ATK Bty RA.
    2. 40th ATK Bty RA. (40th and 71st linked temporarily in August 1939).
    3. 48th ATK Bty RA.
    4. 71st ATK Bty RA.
  • Recruit depot. 1 officer, 1 other rank.
  • Royal Artillery - Air Defence.
  • 4th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt RA (Arr 24 July 1941, Left January 1944).
    Strength (30 June 1941): 28 officers, 662 men.
    1. 5 HAA Bty RA
    2. 6 HAA Bty RA
  • 7th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt RA. Strength (30 June 1941): 30 officers, 675 men.
    1. 10 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
    2. 13 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
    3. 27 AA Bty RA. Arrived October 1940. Left March 1944.
  • 10th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt. Strength (30 June 1941): 18 officers, 580 men (Arr November 1940, left May 1943).
    1. 190 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    2. 191 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    3. 222 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
  • 68th HAA Regt. Strength (30 September 1941): 39 officers, 1075 men.
  • 69th HAA Regt. Strength (30 September 1941): 18 officers, 477 men.
  • 74th Light Anti Aircraft Regt RA. Formed in Malta 15 February 1941. Left for Sicily July 1943.
    Strength (30 June 1941): 23 officers, 357 men.
    1. 59 LAA Bty RA – Arrived in Malta 10 November 1940. Transferred to 74 LAA Regt RA on its formation in Malta in February 1941.
      Disbanded in Malta on 5 July 1943.
    2. 182 LAA Bty RA – Arrived from UK 24 July 1941. In September 1942 transferred to 65 LAA Regt RA.
    3. 186 LAA Bty RA – Arrived from UK 2 August 1941. Left May 1943.
    4. 225 LAA Bty RA – Joined from Egypt on 23 March 1941. At St Andrew's Barracks. left July 1943
  • 32nd Light Anti Aircraft Regt RA – Arrived 24 July 1941, left March 1944. Strength 34 Officers 582 men (30 September 1941).
    1. 55 LAA Bty RA
    2. 98 LAA Bty RA
    3. 233 LAA Bty RA
  • 100th LAA Bty. Strength (30 September 1941): 10 officers, 228 men.
  • Royal Artillery – Search Light
    1. 484th Search Light Bty RA (TA) joined 4 SL Regt RA/RMA. Arrived from Egypt on 8 January 1841.
      Strength (30 June 1941): 8 officers, 422 men.
    2. 4th Search Light Regt RA/RMA – Arrived November 1940, Left March 1945.
      Strength (1 July 1941): 6 officers, 212 men.

1942 Royal Artillery

By 1942, the heavy anti aircraft defence had expanded to five regiments: two RMA (2nd and 11th), and three RA (4th, 7th and 10th), which made up 10th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Brigade. The RA and RMA worked together under Commander Royal Artillery.

  • HQ 7 Anti Aircraft Bde – Formed January 1941. Left April 1944.
  • HQ 10 Anti Aircraft Bde – Formed April 1941. Left May 1944.
  • Royal Artillery - Field. Strength (27 June 1942): 66 officers, 943 other ranks.
  • Fixed Defences
    1. 12th Field Regt RA. Arrived in November 1940 as a Mobile Artillery. Left for North Africa in September 1943.
    2. 6 Fld Bty
    3. 23 Fld Bty
    4. 49/91 Fld Bty
  • 26th Defence Regt RA.
    1. 15/40 Defence Bty RA.
    2. 48/71 Defence Bty RA.
    3. 13 Defence Bty RMA. Left on 1 July 1942 to join 5 Coast Regt RMA. Disbanded with 5 Coast Regt in September 1944.
  • Royal Artillery Coast Defence. Strength (27 June 1942): 27 officers, 496 other ranks.
  • 4th Coast Regt RA. Strength 408 men.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA
    3. 23rd Heavy Bty RA
  • 1 Coast Regt RMA
  • 5 Coast Regt RMA
  • Heavy AA – 10 Hy AA Bde. Strength (27 June 1942): 108 officers, 1,953 other ranks.
    1. 4th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt RA – Arrived 24 July 1941. Left January 1944. Strength 662 men.
    2. 5 HAA Bty RA
    3. 6 HAA Bty RA
  • 7th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt RA. Strength 580 men.
    1. 10 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
    2. 13 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
  • 10th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt - 578 men. Arrived November 1940, left May 1943.
    1. HQ 10 Anti Aircraft Bde – Formed April 1941. Left May 1944.
    2. 190 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    3. 191 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    4. 222 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
  • 2 Hy AA Reg RMA
  • 11 Hy AA Reg RMA
  • Light AA – 7 Lt AA Bde. Strength (27 June 1942): 84 officers, 2,180 other ranks.
  • 7 Lt AA Regt RA
  • 32nd Light Anti Aircraft Regt RA – Arrived 24 July 1941. Left March 1944.
    1. 55 LAA Bty RA
    2. 98 LAA Bty RA
    3. 233 LAA Bty RA
  • 65th Light Anti Aircraft Regt. Arrived from Alexandria on 19 January 1942. This was the last of the anti-aircraft reinforcements to arrive. Left August 1944.
    1. 194 LAA Bty RA – Arrived 19 January 1942.
    2. 196 LAA Bty RA – Arrived 19 January 1942.
    3. 182 LAA Bty RA – Arrived September 1942.
  • 74th Light Anti Aircraft Regt RA. Formed in Malta 15 February 1941. Left for Sicily July 1943.
    1. 59 LAA Bty RA – Arrived in Malta 10 November 1940. Transferred to 74 LAA Regt RA on its formation in Malta in February 1941. Disbanded in Malta on 5 July 1943.
    2. 186 LAA Bty RA – Arrived from UK 2 August 1941. Left May 1943.
    3. 225 LAA Bty RA – Joined from Egypt on 23 March 1941. At St Andrew's Barracks.
    4. 182 LAA Bty RA – Arrived from UK 24 July 1941. In September 1942 transferred to 65 LAA Regt RA.
  • 3 Lt AA Regt RMA
  • 4th Search Light Regt RA/RMA – Arrived November 1940, Left March 1945. 212 men
  • 484th Search Light Bty RA (TA) joined 4 SL Regt RA/RMA. Arrived from Egypt on 8 January 1841. Strength: 408 men

1943 Royal Artillery

  • HQ 7 Anti Aircraft Bde – Formed January 1941. Left April 1944.
  • HQ 10 Anti Aircraft Bde – Formed April 1941. Left May 1944.
  • Royal Artillery - Field. Strength (30 June 1943): 74 officers, 971 men.
  • 12th Field Regt RA. Arrived in November 1940 as a Mobile Artillery.
    Left for North Africa in 18 September 1943.
    1. 6 Fld Bty
    2. 23 Fld Bty
    3. 49/91 Fld Bty
  • 26th Defence Regt RA. Left for the Middle East on 18 September 1943.
    1. 15/40 Defence Bty RA.
    2. 48/71 Defence Bty RA.
  • Royal Artillery - Heavy AA. Strength (30 June 1943): 92 officers, 1946 men.
    1. "Z" HAA Troop
    2. 2nd HAA Regt
  • 10th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt - 578 men.
    1. Arrived November 1940. On 1 June 1943, RHQ 10th HAA Regt was disbanded and the personnel formed RHQ 68th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regt taking under command 190 Bty, 191 Bty and 222 Bty.
    2. 4th HAA Btys
    3. 7th HAA Btys
  • 11th HAA Regt
    1. 190 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    2. 191 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    3. 222 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
  • 4th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt RA – Arrived 24 July 1941. Embarked for the Middle East on 14 December 1943. Strength 662 men.
    1. 5 HAA Bty RA
    2. 6 HAA Bty RA
    3. 14 HAA Bty RMA – January 1943 to April 1943.
    4. 5 HAA Bty RMA – April 1943 to January 1944.
  • 7th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt RA. Strength 580 men.
    1. 10 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
    2. 13 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
  • 68th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt RA (T).
    1. 190 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    2. 191 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    3. 222 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
  • Royal Artillery - Light AA. Strength (30 June 1943): 100 officers, 2371 men.
  • 3rd LAA Regt
  • 32nd Light Anti Aircraft Regt RA – Arrived 24 July 1941. Left 3 March 1944.
    1. 55 LAA Bty RA
    2. 98 LAA Bty RA
    3. 233 LAA Bty RA
  • 65th Light Anti Aircraft Regt. Arrived from Alexandria on 19 January 1942. This was the last of the anti-aircraft reinforcements to arrive.
    1. 194 LAA Bty RA – Arrived 19 January 1942.
    2. 196 LAA Bty RA – Arrived 19 January 1942.
  • 74th Light Anti Aircraft Regt RA.
    1. Formed in Malta 15 February 1941. On 8 July 74th LAA Regt mobilised and became part of 12th Army for Op Husky. Its place was taken by 107th LAA Regt. Left for Sicily July 1943.
    2. 59 LAA Bty RA – Arrived in Malta 10 November 1940. Transferred to 74 LAA Regt RA on its formation in Malta in February 1941. Disbanded in Malta on 5 July 1943.
    3. 186 LAA Bty RA – Arrived from UK 2 August 1941. Left May 1943.
    4. 225 LAA Bty RA – Joined from Egypt on 23 March 1941. At St Andrew's Barracks.
    5. 182 LAA Bty RA – Arrived from UK 24 July 1941. In September 1942 transferred to 65 LAA Regt RA.
  • 107th Light Anti Aircraft Regt
    1. Arrived from Tripoli on 19 June 1943 during the build up for Op Husky. It was meant to go to Sicily but on 4 July came under command of 7 AA Bde and took over from 74th LAA Regt which went to Sicily instead. Formed part of the Mobile Naval Base Defence Organization (MNBDO) which were deployed to St Paul's Bay and Marsaxlokk anchorages.
    2. 351 Bty - deployed to Ta Qali. On 8 August was deployed around the Grand Harbour.
    3. 353 Bty - deployed to St Paul's Bay.
  • 117th Light Anti Aircraft Regt. Arrived on 15 June 1943. Moved to Mtarfa Ridge. On 8 August 1943 embarked for Sicily.
    1. 384 Bty - deployed to St Paul's Bay, Sliema and Corradino.
    2. 383 Bty - deployed to St Paul's Bay.
    3. 385 Bty - deployed to Marsaxlokk. Came under command of 3rd LAA Regt RMA. Left for Sicily on 8 August. 1943.
  • 100 LAA Bty
  • 12 AA Ops Room
  • Royal Artillery – Search Light. Strength (30 June 1943): 17 officers, 460 men.
  • 4th Search Light Regt RA/RMA – Arrived November 1940, Left March 1945. 212 men
    1. 484th Search Light Bty RA (TA) joined 4 SL Regt RA/RMA. Arrived from Egypt on 8 January 1841. Strength: 408 men. Left January 1944.
  • Royal Artillery – Coast. Strength (30 June 1943): 41 officers, 559 men.
  • 4th Coast Regt RA. Strength 408 men. Left for the United Kingdom on 22 November 1943.
    1. 6th Heavy Bty RA
    2. 10th Heavy Bty RA
    3. 23rd Heavy Bty RA
  • 31 Coast Observer Dets
  • 95 Coast Observer Dets
  • 110 Coast Observer Dets
  • 111 Coast Observer Dets
  • 325 Heavy Anti Aircraft Bty
    1. Part of 71st HAA Regt. Arrived from North Africa and landed at Gozo on 28 June 1943. It protected the new airstrip at Gozo used only during the preparations for the invasion of Sicily. It returned from Gozo to North Africa on 22 July 1943.
  • 3rd (Royal Marines) HAA Regt.
    1. Arrived on 15 June 1943 during the build up for Op Husky. Formed part of the Mobile Naval Base Defence Organization (MNBDO). They were deployed to St Paul's Bay and Marsaxlokk anchorages. Left for Sicily on 19 July 1943.
  • G (RM) HAA Bty.
  • H (RM) HAA Bty.
  • I (RM) HAA Bty.
  • 4th (Royal Marines ) LAA Regt.
    1. The build up for Op Husky began in June 1943 with the arrival of several convoys. Formed part of the Mobile Naval Base Defence Organization (MNBDO). They were deployed to St Paul's Bay and Marsaxlokk anchorages. Left for Sicily on 19 July 1943.
  • 24 (RM) LAA Bty.
  • 25 (RM) LAA Bty.

1944 Royal Artillery

In April and May 1944 the two anti-aircraft brigades were disbanded.

  • HQ 7 Anti Aircraft Bde – Formed January 1941. Left April 1944.
  • HQ 10 Anti Aircraft Bde – Formed April 1941. Left May 1944.
  • Field Artillery 32 Officers, 17 men
    1. Heavy Anti Aircraft - 50 officers, 943 men
    2. 7th AA Bde
    3. 10th AA Bde
    4. 222 Bty 68th HAA Regt RA
  • 7th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt RA. Formed January 1941. Left 3 March 1944.
    1. 10 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
    2. 13 AA Bty RA. From 2nd AA Bde to 7th AA Bde RA in October 1936.
  • 68th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt RA. On 26 March 1944 vacated its billets at Gzira and moved to Tigné Barracks.
    1. 190 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    2. 191 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    3. 222 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
  • Light Anti Aircraft Regt RA – 86 officers, 1271 men
    1. 65th Light AA Regt
    2. 107th Light AA Regt
    3. AA Ops Room 12
  • 32nd Light Anti Aircraft Regt RA – Arrived 24 July 1941. Left March 1944.
    1. 55 LAA Bty RA
    2. 98 LAA Bty RA
    3. 233 LAA Bty RA
  • 65th Light Anti Aircraft Regt RA
    1. Arrived from Alexandria on 19 January 1942. This was the last of the anti-aircraft reinforcements to arrive. Left for Italy 17 August 1944.
    2. 194 LAA Bty RA – Arrived 19 January 1942.
    3. 196 LAA Bty RA – Arrived 19 January 1942.
  • 107th Light Anti Aircraft Regt
    1. Arrived from Tripoli on 19 June 1943 during the build up for Op Husky. It was meant to go to Sicily but on 4 July it came under command of 7 AA Bde and took over from 74th LAA Regt which went to Sicily instead. On 31 May 1944 it handed over the LAA defence of the Grand Harbour to 65 LAA Regt. It disbanded in June 1944.
    2. 351 Bty - deployed to Ta Qali. On 8 August was deployed around the Grand Harbour.
    3. 353 Bty - deployed to St Paul's Bay.
  • Search Light - 6 officers, 21 men
    1. 4th Search Light Regt RA/RMA – Arrived November 1940. Left March 1945.
    2. 484 Search Light Bty RA (TA). Arrived from Egypt on 8 January 1841. Left January 1944 leaving 8 SL Bty RMA to man the reduced layout of lights.
  • Coast Artillery 13 Officers, 184 men. Disbanded 9 June 1944.
    1. 4th Coast Regt. Left Malta June 1944
    2. Coast Observer Detachments 31
    3. Coast Observer Detachments 95
    4. Coast Observer Detachments 110
    5. Coast Observer Detachments 111

1945 Royal Artillery

In 1945 the artillery was reduced to four regiments and two independent batteries.

  • RA Field: 24 Officers, 7 men (30 June 1945).
  • RA Heavy Anti Aircraft
    1. 26 Officers, 689 men (30 June 1945).
      68th HAA Regt RA. On 26 March 1944 vacated its billets at Gzira and moved to Tigné Barracks. Formed part of the post war garrison. Returned to England in January 1947. On 1 April 1947, it was replaced by the newly formed 36th CA/AA Regt RA.
    2. 190 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    3. 191 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    4. 222 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
  • RA: Light Anti Aircraft: - 5 officers, 42 men (30 June 1945).
    1. 3rd LAA Regt.
  • RA: Search light - 8 men (30 June 1945).
  • RA: Coast – 12 Officers 76 men (30 June 1945).
  • 2 AA Composite Regt RA/RMA ( September 1945 to November 1949).
    1. 8 SL Bty RA.
    2. 6 HAA Bty RA.
    3. 106 LAA Bty RA.

1946 Royal Artillery

  • Field Artillery 38 Officers, 13 men
    1. Heavy Anti Aircraft - 27 officers, 902 men
    2. 2nd HAA Regt
  • 68th Heavy Anti Aircraft Regt RA. On 26 March 1944 vacated its billets at Gzira and moved to Tigné Barracks. Formed part of the post war garrison. Returned to England in January 1947. On 1 April 1947, it was replaced by the newly formed 36th CA/AA Regt RA.
    1. 190 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    2. 191 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
    3. 222 HAA Bty RA (TA). Arrived January 1941.
  • Light Anti Aircraft - 7 officers, 77 men
    1. 3rd LAA Regt
  • 8 Search Light Bty - 6 officers, 21 men
    1. 4th Search Light Regt RA/RMA – Arrived November 1940. Left March 1945.
  • 2 AA Composite Regt RA/RMA September 1945 to November 1949.
    1. 8 SL Bty RA
    2. 6 HAA Bty RA
    3. 106 LAA Bty RA

Colonel Rice, War Office representative, arrived in July 1946 to make a special report on the Coast Artillery defence in Malta. He attended an inter-service meeting at which this question was discussed.

1947 Royal Artillery

  • Field Artillery 38 Officers, 13 men
  • Heavy Anti Aircraft - 27 officers, 902 men
    1. 2nd HAA Regt
    2. 68th HAA Regt. Formed part of the post war garrison. Returned to England January 1947. On 1 April 1947, it was replaced by a newly formed regiment the 36th CA/AA Regt RA.
  • 36th CA/AA Regt RA (former 68th HAA Regt). Formed at Malta on 1 April 1947. At Tigné Barracks. Left October 1948.
    1. 56th HAA Bty. At St Julian's. Left November 1956.
    2. 60 Coast Defence Bty. Placed in suspended animation in November 1948. The men were transferred to 1st Coast Regt RMA.
    3. 2nd Composite AA Regt RMA/6HAA Bty. At Hompesch.
  • Light Anti Aircraft - 7 officers, 77 men
    1. 3rd LAA Regt
    2. 10 LAA Bty (part of 2 AA Composite Regt RMA). At Hal Safi.
    3. 168 LAA Bty. Left October 1948.
  • Royal Artillery 8 Search Light Bty 14 men. At Gharghur.
  • Royal Artillery 1st Coast – 15 Officers, 79 men

1948 Royal Artillery

  • Field Artillery
  • 36th CA/AA Regt RA (former 68th HAA Regt).
    1. Formed at Malta on 1 April 1947. At Tigné Barracks. Left October 1948.
    2. 56 HAA Bty. At St Julian's. Left November 1956.
  • 60 Coast Defence Bty.
    1. Placed in suspended animation from November 1948 to 1 July 1949, due to a shortage of men. The men were transferred to 1st Coast Regt RMA.
    2. 2nd Composite AA Regt RMA/6HAA Bty. At Hompesch.
  • 36th HAA Regt.
    1. In November 1948, 36th CA/AA Regt became 36th HAA Regt RA and gave up both the Coast and the LAA roles to the RMA. 1st Coast Regt RMA became responsible for all Coast Artillery.
    2. 56 HAA Bty. At St Julian's. Left November 1956.
    3. 168 LAA Bty. Left October 1948.
  • Light Anti Aircraft
    1. 3rd LAA Regt
    2. 10 LAA Bty (part of 2 AA Composite Regt RMA). At Hal Safi.
  • Royal Artillery 8 Search Light Bty. At Gharghur.
  • Royal Artillery 1st Coast

1949 Royal Artillery

  • 36th HAA Regt.
    1. 56 HAA Bty. At St Julian's. Left November 1956.
  • 60 Coast Defence Bty. Placed in suspended animation from November 1948 to 1 July 1949, due to a shortage of men. On 1 July 1949, 60 Coast Defence Bty came back as 60 HAA Bty.
  • 73rd HAA Regt – Arrived from Tripoli in August 1949. Occupied St Patrick's Barracks Pembroke. Left for the Canal Zone Egypt in November 1950.
    1. 191 HAA Bty.
    2. 196 HAA Bty.
    3. 197 HAA Bty.
  • Light Anti Aircraft
    1. 3rd LAA Regt
    2. 10 LAA Bty (part of 2 AA Composite Regt RMA).
  • Royal Artillery 8 Search Light Bty.
  • Royal Artillery 1st Coast

1950 Royal Artillery

  • 36th HAA Regt.
    1. 56 HAA Bty. At St Julian's. Left November 1956.

36th HAA Regt RA was the only British Regiment of the war time garrison still on the island. It was formerly 68th (North Midland) HAA Regiment, but changed its number after the war. 36th HAA Regt occupied Tigné Barracks. It recruited in the Derby area. In 1950, it consisted of young regulars and National Servicemen straight out of England.

The Lido was an unusual war memorial to the 50 officers and men of the war time regiment killed in the defence of Malta. It was a converted disused building which stood on the sea front of Fort Tigné, facing Sliema Creek. The Lido was fitted out with tables and sunshades with funds subscribed by the people of Derby, and served as a recreational area for the gunners.

  • 73rd HAA Regt. Arrived from Tripoli in August 1949. At St George's Barracks Pembroke. Left for the Canal Zone Egypt in November 1950.
    1. 191 HAA Bty.
    2. 196 HAA Bty.
    3. 197 HAA Bty. At St Patrick's Barracks Pembroke
  • 60 HAA Bty RA.

1951 Royal Artillery

  • 36th HAA RegtRA was the peace time garrison regiment
    1. 56 HAA Bty RA. At Tigné Barracks.
    2. 60 Coast Defence Coy RA. At Tigné Barracks.
    3. 168 Light AA Bty RA. At Tigné Barracks.

1952 Royal Artillery

On 14 June 1952, 36th HAA Regt carried out training in Tripolitania. It returned to Malta between 3 and 8 July.

  • 36th HAA RegtRA was the peace time garrison regiment
    1. 56 HAA Bty 36 Regt RA. At Tigné Barracks.
    2. 60 Coast Defence Coy 36 Regt RA. At Tigné Barracks.
    3. 168 Light AA Bty 36 Regt RA. At Tigné Barracks.
  • 266 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived August 1952. Left December 1955.

20 Apr 1952 Linda Helen Thomlinson daughter of Beatrice and Bdr John Thomlinson RA of No 10 RAMC Block Imtarfa, born on 22 Jan 1952, was baptised at St Oswald's Church Mtarfa.

1953 Royal Artillery

  • 36th HAA RegtRA was the peace time garrison regiment
    1. 56 HAA Bty RA. At Tigné Barracks.
    2. 60 Coast Defence Coy RA. At Tigné Barracks.
    3. 168 Light AA Bty RA. At Tigné Barracks.
  • 266 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived August 1952. Left December 1955.

1954 Royal Artillery

  • 36th HAA RegtRA was the peace time garrison regiment
    1. 56 HAA Bty 36 Regt RA. At Tigné Barracks.
    2. 60 Coast Defence Coy 36 Regt RA. At Tigné Barracks.
    3. 168 Light AA Bty 36 Regt RA. At Tigné Barracks.
  • 266 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived August 1952. Left December 1955.

1955 Royal Artillery

  • 36th HAA RegtRA was the peace time garrison regiment
    1. 56 HAA Bty RA. At Tigné Barracks.
    2. 60 Coast Defence Coy RA. At Tigné Barracks.
    3. 168 Light AA Bty RA. At Tigné Barracks.
  • 80 LAA Regt RA – Redeployed from the Canal Zone Egypt in February 1955.
    At St Patrick's Bks Pembroke. Left February 1957.
    1. 34 LAA Bty
    2. 186 LAA Bty
    3. 187 LAA Bty
  • 266 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived August 1952. Left December 1955.
  • 166 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived November 1955. Left May 1960.

1956 Royal Artillery

  • 36th HAA Regt RA was the peace time garrison regiment
    1. 56 HAA Bty RA. At Tigné Barracks. Left Malta November 1956.
    2. 60 Coast Defence Coy RA. At Tigné Barracks. Left Malta November 1956
    3. 168 Light AA Bty RA. Vacated Mtarfa Barracks and moved to Gharghur. Left for Southampton on 29 November 1956.
      Replaced by 37th HAA Regt which had deployed to Malta during the Suez crisis.
  • 37 HAA Regt RA
    1. At St Patrick's Barracks. Arrived from England in November 1956 during the Suez crisis. At Qrendi airfield. Left August 1959.
    2. 10 (Assaye) HAA Bty
    3. 111 HAA Bty
    4. 171 HAA Bty
  • 80 LAA Regt RA
    1. Redeployed from the Canal Zone Egypt in February 1955.
      At St Patrick's Bks Pembroke. Left February 1957.
    2. 34 LAA Bty
    3. 186 LAA Bty
    4. 187 LAA Bty
  • 166 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived November 1955. Left May 1960.
  • 16 LAA Regt RA
    1. Arrived 20 August 1956 for Tobruk and El Adem in the Suez Crisis.
      Left 15 September 1956 for Cyprus on cancellation of deployment.
    2. 26 LAA Bty RA
    3. 30 LAA Bty RA
    4. 32 LAA Bty RA

1957 Royal Artillery

  • 37 HAA Regt RA
    1. At St Patrick's Barracks. Arrived from England in November 1956 during the Suez crisis. At Qrendi airfield. Left August 1959.
    2. 10 (Assaye) HAA Bty. In June 1957 moved from St Patrick's to Tigné Barracks.
    3. 111 HAA Bty
    4. 171 HAA Bty
  • 80 LAA Regt RA
    1. Redeployed from the Canal Zone Egypt in February 1955.
      At St Patrick's Bks Pembroke. Left for Southampton on 9 April 1957.
    2. 34 LAA Bty
    3. 186 LAA Bty
    4. 187 LAA Bty
  • 166 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived November 1955. Left May 1960.

1958 Royal Artillery

  • 37 HAA Regt RA
    1. At St Patrick's Barracks.
      Arrived from England in November 1956 during the Suez crisis. At Qrendi airfield. Left August 1959.
    2. 10 (Assaye) HAA Bty. In June 1957 moved from St Patrick's to Tigné Barracks.
    3. 111 HAA Bty
    4. 171 HAA Bty
  • 166 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived November 1955. Left May 1960.

1959 Royal Artillery

In 1958 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regts ceased to exist and were replaced by guided missiles. All the HAA equipment was returned to stores. The HAA Regts rerolled as LAA Regts.

The departure of 37th HAA Regt RA on HMT Devonshire in September 1959 left only 166 Amphibious Observation Battery RA in Malta.

  • 37 HAA Regt RA
    1. At St Patrick's Barracks.
      Arrived from England in November 1956 during the Suez crisis. Returned to England in 2 September 1959 to convert to the Thunderbird rocket system.
    2. 10 (Assaye) HAA Bty. In June 1957 moved from St Patrick's to Tigné Barracks.
    3. 111 HAA Bty
    4. 171 HAA Bty
  • 166 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived November 1955. Left May 1960.

1960 Royal Artillery

148 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived in May 1960. Left in August 1962.

1961 Royal Artillery

148 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived in May 1960. Left in August 1962.

12 Nov 1961 Edward Morris son of Judith Ann and Capt Christopher Geoffrey Morris RA of Flat 8, 136 Tower Road Sliema, born 12 Nov 1961, was baptised at the military hospital Imtarfa. Died 12 Nov 1961.

1962 Royal Artillery

148 Amph Obs Bty RA – Arrived May 1960. Left August 1962.

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