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Units in Gibraltar before Egypt?

Postby Victorian Dad » 17 Aug 2017 12:28

Ladies/Gents,

Can anyone tell me which units where based in Gibraltar before deploying to the Egypt campaign.
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Re: Units in Gibraltar before Egypt?

Postby A Waterston » 17 Aug 2017 14:15

Most of the units deployed from England would have stopped off in Gibralter briefly before carrying on to Egypt. However, units based in Gibralter who then deployed were as follows:

2nd Bn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (deployed from Gibralter to Malta then on to Egypt)
1st Bn Cameron Highlanders
2nd Bn Derbyshire Regt

Most of the Mediterranean units deployed to Egypt were based in Malta:
1st Bn South Staffordshire Regt
3rd Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps
1st Bn Berkshire Regt
1st Bn Gordon Highlanders
2nd Bn Manchester Regt
Four Companies from 1st Bn Sussex Regt

From Cyprus:
HQ and Four Companies from 1st Bn Sussex Regt

Other units came from Bombay and Aden.
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Re: Units in Gibraltar before Egypt?

Postby Victorian Dad » 17 Aug 2017 15:11

A Waterston wrote:Most of the units deployed from England would have stopped off in Gibralter briefly before carrying on to Egypt. However, units based in Gibralter who then deployed were as follows:

2nd Bn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (deployed from Gibralter to Malta then on to Egypt)
1st Bn Cameron Highlanders
2nd Bn Derbyshire Regt

Most of the Mediterranean units deployed to Egypt were based in Malta:
1st Bn South Staffordshire Regt
3rd Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps
1st Bn Berkshire Regt
1st Bn Gordon Highlanders
2nd Bn Manchester Regt
Four Companies from 1st Bn Sussex Regt

From Cyprus:
HQ and Four Companies from 1st Bn Sussex Regt

Other units came from Bombay and Aden.



Many thanks Andrew that's of great interest and assistance!!!!!!
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Re: Units in Gibraltar before Egypt?

Postby Victorian Dad » 24 Aug 2017 08:54

Stumbled across this book, curious to know if anyone's read it....

REMINISCENCES OF GIBRALTAR, EGYPT AND THE EGYPTIAN WAR, 1882 (FROM THE RANKS) Hardcover – 20 Jun 2006
by 2nd Bn. DCLI Late Sgt. John Philip (Author)

Mostly concerns the 1882 campaign, when the author was present throughout the operations incl. Battles of Kassassin & Tel-el-Kebir: a number of adventures engagingly told.
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Re: Units in Gibraltar before Egypt?

Postby Victorian Dad » 24 Aug 2017 09:04

Further the the last, thought this might be of interest.............

An interesting and unusual ranker's eye view of Victorian colonial military life. The author, an Aberdeen policeman, served as a Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. HIs reminiscences cover garrison duty in Gibraltar and the Egyptian campaign of 1882. Sergeant Philip was present at the two battles of Kassassin and also fought at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir. At Kassassin his head was ‘creased' by a bullet, and he attributes his life to his chinstrap chain which deflected the bullet. His memoirs are a fascinating insight into an NCO's life and should appeal to anyone interested in the Victorian army and the British Empire at the height of its power. As its author writes: ‘The whole object of this book is to give the reader as true and clear idea of the soldier's life on the battle- as well as the tented field, accompanied by a short account of outward sights in the streets of Gibraltar, Alexandria and Cairo'. Illustrated by a frontispiece of the author in Aberdeen city police uniform.
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