Regiments
Of the Malta Garrison
The 41st (Welch)

The 41st (Welch) Regiment

41st Welch Regiment
The rose and the thistle on the same stalk within the garter. The motto Gwell Angau na Chywilydd, (Death rather than dishonour), was adopted in 1831. Below the garter is a scroll inscribed the XLI The Welch Regiment (Main Guard Valletta).

The 41st Foot was raised in 1719 from invalids and out-pensioners. In 1741 it was known as the Royal Invalids.

In 1751 the Royal Invalids was numbered 41st in the infantry order of precedence. In 1787 it lost its title of Royal Invalids and became a Regiment of Foot.

In 1831 it was given a territorial affiliation, becoming the 41st (The Welch) Regiment of Foot.

On 3 August 1843, the 41st was granted permission to bear the honour Candahar 1842, in commemoration of the action fought by the regiment in the cantonments at Kandahar Afghanistan on 29 May 1842.

The title of the regiment changed to The Welsh Regiment after the Cardwell Reforms of 1870s.

On 1 July 1881, the 41st (Welsh) Regiment of Foot amalgamated with the 69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot to form The Welsh Regiment. The revised spelling of Welch was readopted in 1920.

In June 1969 the Welch Regiment (41st/69th Foot), linked with the South Wales Borderers (24th Foot) to form The Royal Regiment of Wales (24th/41st Foot).

The 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot

1853 1st/41st (Welch)

16 Feb 1853 The 1st/41st (Welch) Regiment embarked at Corfu on the steam ship Simoon. It had been at Corfu since 11 February 1851. The men disembarked at Malta on 1 March 1853.

13 Oct HQ company moved from Fort Manoel to Floriana Barracks. The rest of the regiment marched from Fort Tigne and Fort Ricasoli to Floriana Barracks.

Baptisms in 1853:

Burials in 1853:

1854 1st/41st (Welch)

Crimea memorial
Memorial to the men of the 41st killed in action or died of wounds or disease in the Crimea 1854–56 (Llandaff Cathedral)

1854 585 men were at Fort Manoel and Floriana Barracks.

On 28 March 1854, Britain declared war on Russia.

Malta 10 Apr The 1st/41st (Welch) Regiment left Malta for the Crimea on the Himalaya.

Nov In November 1854, the regiment had 18 officers and 678 men serving in the Crimea. 100 recruits joined the regiment on 18 November 1854.

Bowel complaints prevailed among them. Its high incidence was ascribed by the surgeon to the cold and wet weather.

Baptisms in 1854:

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1855 1st/41st (Welch)

Baptisms in 1855:

Burials in 1855:

1856 1st/41st (Welch)

The regiment was in the Crimea (1854-56). It gained battle honours for the Alma, Inkerman and Sevastopol.

Marriages in 1856:

The Welsh Regiment

1 July 1881 The 41st Regiment became The 1st Battalion The Welsh Regiment.

1889 1st/Welsh

Thomas Keene
Pte Thomas Keene D Coy aged 27 yrs 11 mths was accidentally shot by a comrade at Pembroke Camp on 7 Mar 1890. (Pieta' Military Cemetery)

24 Aug 1889 The 1st/The Welsh Regiment embarked in Egypt. The men disembarked in Malta on 29 August and marched into Isola Gate Barracks and Polverista Gate Barracks.

It had an average strength of 262 men. It had 159 admissions (606.9/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 1 death (3.82/1000 mean strength). 2 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 8.45 (32.25/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 11.77 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 19.40 days.

1890 1st/Welsh

John Laird Bristow
Lt John Laird Bristow born 10 June 1862, died 26 Jan 1890 (Ta' Braxia Cemetery).

The 1st/Welsh Regiment had an average strength of 920 men. It had 545 admissions (592.3/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 7 deaths (7.61/1000 mean strength). 12 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 29.09 (31.63/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 11.54 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 19.48 days.

The 1st/Welsh Regiment was quartered at Isola Gate Cottonera for 11 1/2 months with detachments at Citta Vecchia and Valletta for 2 weeks and Pembroke Camp for 12 months.

Baptisms in 1890:

Burials in Rinella Military Cemetery in 1890:

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1890:

1891 1st/Welsh

The 1st/Welsh Regiment had an average strength of 939 men. It had 649 admissions (691.2/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (2.13/1000 mean strength). 16 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 44.28 (47.16/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 17.21 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.90 days.

The 1st/Welsh Regiment was quartered at Floriana and Citta Vecchia for 12 months.

Baptisms in 1891:

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1891:

1892 1st/Welsh

William Ayles
Bdsm William Ayles died 29 Aug 1892.
(Pieta' Military Cemetery)

The 1st/Welsh Regiment had an average strength of 870 men. It had 783 admissions (900/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 5 deaths (5.75/1000 mean strength). 24 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 45.08 (54.82/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 18.36 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 21.07 days.

The 1st/Welsh Regiment was quartered at Floriana and Notre Dame Barracks for 12 months. It had detachments at Citta Vecchia and Marsamxetto Barracks for 7 months.

Baptisms in 1892:

Burials in Pietà Military Cemetery in 1892:

1893 1st/Welsh

The 1st/Welsh Regiment had an average strength of 461 men. It had 376 admissions (815.6/1000 mean strength) into hospital with 2 deaths (4.34/1000 mean strength). 15 invalids returned to England.

Its average constantly sick was 25.02 (54.27/1000 mean strength). The average sick time to each soldier was 19.81 days. The average duration of cases of sickness was 24.29 days.

The 1st/Welsh Regiment was quartered at Floriana and Notre Dame Barracks for 10 months.

14 Nov 1893 The 1st/Welsh Regiment consisting of HQ Coy and 8 companies, 11 officers, 2 officers wives and 5 children, 2 female officer's servants, 2 warrant officers, 35 sergeants, 16 buglers, 422 rank and file, 12 soldier's wives and 9 children, embarked on HMS Himalaya. The men disembarked at Pembroke Dock on 24 November 1893 after 4 years and 3 month sin Malta.

Baptisms in 1893:

Burials in Rinella Military Cemetery in 1893:

1933 – 1st/Welsh

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1933:

1935 – 1st/Welsh

Baptisms at the Barracca Garrison Church Valletta in 1935:

The 4th Battalion The Welsh Regiment

1915 – 4th/Welsh

Burials at the New Pietà Military Cemetery in 1915:

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