The Army Medical Department
And the Malta Garrison
1852

The Malta Garrison – 1852

Malta Militia

The average strength of the garrison was 3,196 men.

On 5 May 1852, Ordinance No II, for the formation of a Maltese Militia Force (Volunteers) was enacted. This rendered all males between the ages of 16 and 60 years liable for service in the defence of the islands. The establishment was fixed at 1000 men, but the number enrolled fell considerably short.

No attempt was made to carry the original intention of compulsory service into effect. The standard of efficiency attained was consequently not very high. The Ordinance was unpopular, and was repealed in Oct 1854, the militia being disbanded in 1857.

Marriages Baptisms 1852

  • 12 Jan In the Collegiate Church of St Paul Valletta, the Rev John Cleugh, Chaplain to Government married Naval Surgeon John B Nicholson RN of HM Steamer Merlin and Katherine O'Reilly1
  • 15 June Baptism of Sophia Jane Hare born of 6 April 1852, daughter of Frances Alicia and the Rev Henry Hare, Assistant Chaplain to the Forces.

Ophthalmia

Ophthalmia in the Malta Garrison 1850 – 1860
Yr ending 31 Mar Ave Strength Admitted Hosp Invalided Ophthalmia/1000 strength
1850 3171 203 5 64.02
1851 2917 223 30 76.44
1852 3196 268 7 83.86
1853 3157 218 4 67.79
1854 3803 285 22 74.93
1855 3213 222 10 69.09
1856 1741 133 5 76.28
1857 7239 1486 22 205.27
1858 6160 958 73 155.5
1859 4899 534 58 108.96
Ophthalmia in the Garrison of Malta from 1850 – 1860 excluding the Expeditionary Force to the east. The increased strength in the garrison in 1857 was due to the arrival of nine regiments from the Crimea. (Marston Jeffrey A., On Ophthalmia 1862).

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