Regiments
Of the Malta Garrison
The 19th
(1st Yorkshire
North Riding)

The 19th (1st Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment

Yorkshire
The cypher A of Queen Alexandra with Alexandra inscribed on the cross-bar of the cypher, and the Dannebrog combined with the cypher and inscribed 1875 on the cross. The Princess's Coronet surmounts the cypher. At the base is a tablet bearing Yorkshire, and below this is a scroll, with the White Rose of York in its centre, inscribed The Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment.

The 19th (1st Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment was raised on 5 November 1688 as Colonel Francis Luttrell's Regiment of Foot, on the occasion of William Prince of Orange, landing at Torbay. It was numbered 19th Foot in 1751.

In 1782, the 19th Regiment of Foot became The 19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot.

In 1875, following the marriage in 1863 of Princess Alexandra of the Royal House of Denmark to Edward Prince of Wales, the regiment became The 19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding — Princess of Wales's Own) Regiment of Foot.

On 1 July 1881, under the Cardwell reforms, the regimental name changed to The 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment).

In 1902, it became The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own).

In 1920 The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own) became The Green Howards (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment).

The title Green Howards was officially recognised in 1920. The name was derived from Colonel Howard who commanded the 19th Foot. The regiment was called Howard's Greens from the colour of their regimental facings, which in time became the Green Howards.

The 19th (1st Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment

1840 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

4–13 Oct 1840 600 men, 55 women and 66 children of the 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment arrived from Cork to reinforce the garrison. They had left Cork on 12 September.

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1841 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

Feb 1841 In February a number of troops were affected with partial ophthalmia.

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1842 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

Torre
Strada Torre Barracks adjacent to St James Cavalier (TNA:MPH 1/192)

26 Jan 1842 A detachment of 42 men, 2 women and 8 children arrived from England.

2 May On the morning of 2 May, The 19th Foot marched from the Cottonera district to Fort Lower St Elmo Barracks. It was replaced by the 88th (Connaught Rangers) which moved to the Cottonera district.

6 May Two companies occupied Strada Torre Barracks Valletta which had been vacated by the Royal Malta Fencible Regiment.

12 Aug 1842 Strength 607 men.

22 Dec Between August and September, a private of the 19th Foot brutally assaulted a man of the Rifle Brigade, for which he was sentenced to a term imprisonment. On his release, he renewed his quarrel, and having enlisted some of his comrades, it became a party affair, which in mid-December, led to a fracas with the Rifle Brigade, when the 19th were routed. On 23 December, 150 men of the 19th turned out with their side arms, and were involved in a running fight with 150 soldiers of the Rifle Bde, from St James Cavalier to the bottom of Strada Mercanti. Several men were severely wounded, one so badly as to be considered in imminent danger. The 19th Foot were confined to their barracks but the animosity between them and Rifle Bde continued. The 19th stoned a picket of the Rifles and urged the 88th Regiment to join them, but the latter declined. The Governor and Garrison Commander Lt Gen Sir Henry Bouverie ordered a Court of Enquiry and placed a picket at Lower St Elmo under the command of a captain, which was to remain on duty till 23:00 hours. The tattoo was called at 20 hours instead of 20:30 hours, and the men of the 19th were confined to barracks from sun set from where they were forbidden to absent themselves with out a pass from the captain on duty.1

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1843 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

9 Jan 1843 599 men, 85 women and 115 children, embarked for the Ionian Islands to relieve 1st/42nd Foot. Six companies of the 19th Regiment arrived in Cephalonia on 30 January 1843.

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The 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment

1854 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

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1855 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

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1856 1st/19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding)

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The 1st/Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

1 July 1881 The 1st Battalion 19th Regiment became The 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment).

1884 1st/The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Green Howards
The cipher A of Queen Alexandra thereon the Dannebrog inscribed 1875 surmounted by a crown, below, a scroll inscribed The Green Howards.

27 Feb 1884 The 1st/The Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) embarked in Nova Scotia and disembarked in Malta on 17 March.

The 1st/Yorkshire Regiment had an average strength of 271 men. It had 470 admissions (1734.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (3.69 deaths/1000 mean strength). 21 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 23.31 (86.01/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 31.48 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 18.15 days.

The PMO, Surgeon-General James Sinclair, remarked that the 1st/Yorkshire Regiment had a large number of admissions into hospital. The regiment only stayed in Malta a little over four months.

A private soldier was found dead in the square of Lower St Elmo Barracks following a fall from a window.

4 Aug 1884 The 1st/Yorkshire Regiment embarked for Egypt, arriving there on 8 August. It left Egypt for Cyprus on 1 February 1888.

The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)

Stanley Wilson
4342403 Pte Stanley Wilson HQ Coy died 6 May 1938 aged 23 yrs (Pembroke Cemetery)

1937 1st/Green Howards

Dec 1937 The 1st/Green Howards arrived at Malta on a short tour of foreign service.
Strength: 374 rank and file.

1938 1st/Green Howards

30 June 1938 Strength: 433 rank and file.

The 6th/Yorkshire Regiment

The 6th/Yorkshire Regiment landed at Suvla Bay Gallipoli on 6 August 1915.

1915 – 6th/Lincolnshire

Burials at the New Pietà Military Cemetery in 1915:

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