The 76th (Hindoostan) Regiment
The 76th (Hindoostan) Regiment of Foot was raised on 12 October 1787 for service in the Honourable East India Company (HEIC). The men were raised mainly from the Nottingham and Leicester areas. The 74th, 75th and 77th were also raised at the same time, all for service with the HEIC.
The regiment served in India for the next twenty years, where it distinguished itself in the campaigns against the Mahratta, especially at Ally Ghur (September 1803) Laswaree (November 1803), Deig (November 1804) and the siege of Bhurtpoor. It was granted the honorary badge of an elephant circumscribed by the word Hindoostan.
In 1812, the 76th (Hindoostan) Regiment of Foot became the 76th Regiment. It served in Spain under sir John Moore, in the expedition to Walcheren under the Earl of Chatham, in Spain and France under the Duke of Wellington when the word Peninsula was added to its Colours, and subsequently in Canada.
On 1 July 1881, the 76th Regiment merged with The 33rd The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding Regiment) to form the Second Battalion of The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). The 33rd forming the 1st Battalion.
In January 1921, its title change to The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding).
The 76th Regiment of Foot
1842 — 76th Foot
Burials in 1842:
- 29 Mar 1842 L W Burr aged 20 years, died at Cottonera Hospital.
- 14 Feb Mary Elizabeth wife of Capt Lothian Dickson and daughter of Lt Col Gillman 76th Regiment.
1851 76th Foot
27 Mar 1851 319 men, 33 women and 55 children of the 76th Foot arrived from Corfu.
9 Apr 678 men, 53 women and 104 children of the 76th Foot arrived from Corfu.
Marriages in 1851:
- 23 July Bachelor Sgt Owen Willis born at Blackwater Hants, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Willis to Mary Elizabeth Walman, widow of Pte Thomas Walman 76th Regiment.
1 Nov Strength: 994 men. HQ Coy was at Cottonera.
Baptisms in 1851:
- 6 July Edward Delany son of Jane and Sgt John Delany was privately baptised on 6 June 1851 and publicly admitted into the church on 6 July 1851.
- 24 July Elizabeth Humprish daughter of Maria and L/Cpl Mathew Humprish.
- 28 Aug Emma Elizabeth Walsh daughter of Nancy and Pte Thomas Walsh.
- 25 Sep Lilla Anne Coghlan born on 10 September 1851, daughter of Jessie and CSgt Edward Coghlan.
- 2 Oct George Long born on 9 September 1851, son of Anne and Pte David Long.
- 23 Oct Frances Pullen born on 16 September 1851, daughter of Jane and CSgt James Pullen.
- 8 Nov Ann Kingston born on 18 October 1851, daughter of Margaret and Cpl George Kingston.
- 16 Dec Margaret Valetta Connors born on 25 November 1851, daughter of Jane and Pte James Connors.
1852 76th Foot
Jan 1852 The 76th was at Cottonera with detachments at Fort Ricasoli, Fort Manoel, and Fort Tigne. Strength: 994 Effective men (6 Coys), 1000 (Establishment).
27 Jan 1852 The Malta Times reported:
The men of the 76th Regiment stationed at Isola Barracks, Cottonera entertained their brothers NCOs of the 3rd The Buffs and 68th Regiment, and acquaintances in the Royal Artillery at a ball on Tuesday 20 January.
The East Indian and the British Colours of the regiment at the end of the ball room attracted much attention and a transparency painted by Lt Bland which was suspended over the entrance portrayed the deeds of the Corps at the Battle of Deig (November 1804).1
Sep 1852 The 76th moved from Cottonera to Floriana, where it relieved the 3rd (East Kent-The Buffs) Regiment.
Baptisms in 1852:
- 4 Jan Richard William Wish Dyer born on 12 December 1851, son of Elizabeth and Pte James Dyer.
- 8 Jan Charlotte Anne Young born on 4 December 1851, daughter of Charlotte and CSgt Robert Young.
- 22 Jan John Brockhurst Looker born on 11 January 1852, son of Catherine and Pte William Looker.
- 15 Feb Jane Palmer born on 22 January 1852, daughter of Sarah and Pte William Palmer.
- 24 Feb Edward George Clarke born on 15 January 1852, son of Catherine and Sgt Matthew Clarke.
- 25 Mar Thomas Hugh Turnbull born on 30 January 1852, son of Mary and Pte James Turnbull.
- 22 Apr Rhoda Charlotte Cochrane born on 11 March 1852, daughter of Sarah and Sgt John Cochrane.
- 6 May Mary Ann Heath born on 23 April 1852, daughter of Ellen and Pte George Heath.
- 13 May Samuel John Richardson born on 13 April 1852, son of Elizabeth and L/Cpl Edward Richardson.
- 16 May Margaret Edmonds born on 16 May 1852, daughter of Elizabeth and Pte George Edmonds.
- 27 May Edith Mappett born on 13 May 1852, daughter of Mary and CSgt George Mappett.
- 8 July Lewis Morton Simons born on 24 June 1852, son of Mary Jane and CSgt William Simons.
- 20 July Harriet Ellen Stephanie Fenwick born on 28 June 1852, daughter of Ellen Susan and Major Collingwood Fenwick.
- 27 July Henry John Huntley born on 5 July 1852, son of Mary and Sgt John Huntley.
- 29 July John Thomas McGarrey born on 13 July 1852, son of Lucy and Pte James McGarrey.
- 12 Aug Sarah Rebecca Holgate born on 1 August 1852, daughter of Sarah and Sgt Eldred Holgate.
- 12 Aug Amy Frances Hearn born on 30 June 1852, daughter of Amy Maria and PayMaster Robert Thomas Hearn 76th Regiment.
- 23 Sep Sarah Bishop born on 4 September 1852, daughter of Margaret and Sgt Robert Bishop.
- 26 Oct Anna Maria Hitlow born on 12 October 1852, daughter of Mary Maria and Pte Samuel Hitlow.
- 30 Nov John George Webb born on 8 October 1852, son of Janet and Sgt John Webb.
- 28 Nov Mary Ann Kingston born on 10 November 1852, daughter of Margaret and Cpl George Kingston was baptised privately. She was publicly received into the church on 30 November 1852.
Burials in 1852:
- 18 June Pte George Stevens aged 29 years by Chaplain to the Forces William Hare.
- 19 June Child Anna Maria Teiton Gardiner aged 14 months 9 days, daughter of Major R Gardiner by Assistant Chaplain to the Forces Henry Hare.
- 10 July Infant Richard William Nish Dyer aged 4 months, son of Pte James Dyer.
1853 76th Foot
24 Jan 18 men embarked at Deptford on board transport John Oldham for Malta.
25 Jan Lt B Rising had been seriously ill since 15 January, having lost the use of one side by a paralytic stroke.
10 Mar Strength: 910 men.
Mar 700 men, 43 women and 100 children of the 76th Foot left for Halifax Nova Scotia on the steam ship Simoon. The remainder of the 76th moved to Fort St Elmo which they shared with a company of the 68th Foot. The quarters formerly occupied by the 76th Regiment at the Auberge de Castille were taken over by the Royal Malta Fencible Regiment which was relieved at Fort Manoel by the 41st Regiment.
Marriages in 1853:
- 18 Jan In the Collegiate Church of St Paul's Valletta, Bachelor School Master Sgt Jeremiah Willis born at Midleton County Cork, son of George and Ann Willis of Midleton married Charlotte Gardiner, spinster and minor with the consent of her mother, born in Edinburgh, daughter of QM Sgt John Gardiner 42nd Highlanders, deceased, and of Phoebe his wife, residing in Malta.
Baptisms in 1853:
- 18 Jan George Arthur Donaldson Edwards born on 11 December 1852, son of Mary and Pte William Edwards.
- 18 Jan Daniel Eli Bray born on 18 December 1852, son of Mary and Sgt Daniel Bray.
- 24 Feb Thomas Stephen Seymour born on 26 December 1852, son of Catherine and Pte Charles Seymour.
Burials in 1853:
- 11 Jan Pte James Walford aged 23 years, alias Vick.
- Farmer J. S., 1984. The regimental records of the British Army Reprint Edition, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Crecy Books.
- Record of the Services of British Regiments - Seventy Sixth (Hindoostan) Regiment of Foot. The Naval and Military Magazine (Dec 1827) iv; 613. London 1827.
- Edwards T. J., 1980. Regimental Badges First Edition, Tonbridge, Kent: Ernest Benn Ltd.
- TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Marriage Register 11 July 1839 to 14 May 1859.
- TNA:WO 156/595. No 3, Baptism Register from 14 July 1839 to 25 December 1859.
- TNA:WO 156/112. Burial Register from 16 January 1837 to 28 August 1853.
- 1The Malta Times No 467, dated 27 January 1852.