Malta Registers at The National Archives

The registers detailed below are held at The National Archives, Kew, in Class WO 156. They were previously held at the Royal Army Chaplains' Department, where I viewed and listed them on 10 December 1987.

The documents viewed at the Royal Army Chaplains' Department included a letter to the The Library, Valetta, dated 1 December 1938, referring to the repair of the registers. Appended to the letter is a typescript list of registers. The list includes several registers which were not at the Department. In the list below, text in red is taken from the typescript list.

"No" is the number of the register in the typescript list. "Reference" is the WO 156 reference.

For additional registers, see Malta Registers in Class ADM.

Barracca Church, Garrison of Malta

No

Reference
Baptisms and Marriages 1812-1819
(a) The earliest registers were administered at Santalem Portugal, others at Malta. This probably means in the Governor's Private Chapel.
(b) The earliest marriages were held at Santalem, the others at "Malta" in Governor's Private Chapel.
This register is in the typescript list, but was not at the Department at the time of the visit.

1

Location of register not known
Baptisms 20Jan1820 - 29Jun1839
Marriages 06Jan1820 - 12Jun1839 (Labelled "Register No 2")
Marriages were probably solemnized at the Governor's Private Chapel at Valetta Palace.

2

WO 156/594
Baptisms 14Jul1839 - 25Dec1859
Marriages 11Jul1839 - 14May1859 (Labelled "Register No 6")
The earlier marriages were probably solemnized at the Governor's Private Chapel. On 2nd June 1847, a marriage took place in St Paul's Collegiate Church Valetta and thereafter the marriages were mostly, but not completely, in St Paul's.

6

WO 156/595
Baptisms 01Jan1860 - 28Feb1886 [1600 entries]
This register is for the "Garrison of Malta". It is a central register, as the parents dwelt all over the island.

10

WO 156/596
Baptisms 28Mar1886 - 20Feb1898 [800 entries]
A central register for the Garrison of Malta.

12

WO 156/597
Baptisms 20Feb1898 - 09Jun1916 [1600 entries]
A central register. Parents resided in various parts of the island.

16

WO 156/598
Baptisms 18Aug1916 - 06Nov1949 [383 entries]
At Barracca Garrison Church.

21

WO 156/599
Marriages 1859-1875 Solemnized at St Paul's Valetta. Some entries are headed as copies made from the St Paul's registers. There is an interesting note at the beginning of this register on the legal position of marriages in 1898.
This register is in the typescript list, but was not at the Department at the time of the visit.

8

Location of register not known
Marriages 1859-1878 Solemnized at St Paul's Valetta. Some entries headed as copies made from the St Paul's registers.
This register is in the typescript list, but was not at the Department at the time of the visit.

9

Location of register not known
Burials 08Jan1823 - 29Dec1829 (Labelled "Register No 3") at Rock Gate.

3

WO 156/111
Burials 15Jan1830 - 30Mar1837 (Labelled "Register No 4") at Rock Gate.

4

WO 156/121
Burials 16Jan1837 - 28Aug1853 (Labelled "Register No 5") at Rock Gate.

5

WO 156/112
Burials 02Sep1853 - 09Jun1862 (Labelled "Register No 7")
These burials took place at Floriana, Fort Mancel, Rock Gate, & Ta Braxia.

7

WO 156/113
Burials 1862-1891
A central register recording burials in several cemeteries.
This register is in the typescript list, but was not at the Department at the time of the visit.

11

Location of register not known
Burials 1887-1908 Pieta Cemetery.
These entries are also recorded in registers Nos 11 & 15. It is rather of the nature of a Chaplain's log book.
This register is in the typescript list, but was not at the Department at the time of the visit.

 13

Location of register not known
Burials 16Jan1891 - 27Aug1914 (Labelled "Register No 15")
* Memo: Members of this Garrison are often buried in Ta Braxia Civil Cemetery (Jan1891)
* Pasted in the back: Names of officers & NCOs buried in “S(reck?) Cemetery, Kandia, Crete (all denominations except RC)
21Oct1898 - 21Oct1899 plus plan of this cemetery, showing positions (named) of 20 graves. [1392 entries plus c75 for Crete]
This is a central register covering several cemeteries. On the inside front cover is an account from The Malta Chronicle of the consecration by the Bishop of Gibralta of Imtarfa Cemetery on 2 Jan 1900.

15

WO 156/114
Burials 02May1915 - 24Feb1924 (Labelled "Register No 20") [1012 entries]
Register of burials in the Garrison of Malta Church of England commenced 2nd May 1915.

20

WO 156/117
IMTARFA Cemetery and GOZO Cemetery

No

Reference
Burials 01Jun1899 - 03Apr1908 [c50 entries]
Burials 22Jul1901 - 18Aug1906 (Labelled "Register No 17") [12 entries]
* Imtarfa consecrated 02Jan1900, Gozo consecrated 18Feb1901
These entries are also recorded in register No 15. This register is only a small log book for Chaplains. In the front is a note on the consecration of Imtarfa Cemetery 1 Jan 1900.

17

WO 156/116
MARGHERITA Chapel School and Zeitun Gate Church Room
(and Corradino Chapel)

No

Reference
Baptisms 29Apr1913 - 14Jan1918 [33 entries]
Administered at the Chapel School Margherita and in the Zeitum Gate Church Room.

19

WO 156/600
PEMBROKE GARRISON Christ Church

No

Reference
Baptisms 13Apr1913 - 02May1971 [951 entries]

-

WO 156/601
RICASOLI St Matthew

No

Reference
Baptisms 09Mar1913 - 03Aug1919 plus one entry 18Aug1929 [30 entries]
These baptisms, which include one taken on 18 Aug 1929, were administered in St Matthew's Ricasoli. There is a note on the front page "Previous records in the registers of Barracca Church.

18

WO 156/602
RINELLA (Cottonara district) Military Cemetery

No

Reference
Burials 08Jan1890 - 27Jan1908 (Labelled "Register No 14")
These entries are also recorded in registers 11 & 15. Probably a log book.

14

WO 156/115
TIGNE St Luke’s Garrison Church

No

Reference
Baptisms 30Jun1912 -19Sep1971 [700 entries]

-

WO 156/603
MSIDA Military & Civil Cemetery and Quarantine Bastion Cemetery

No

Reference
List of gravestones in Msida Military and Civil Cemetery 1801-1865
List of gravestones in Quarantine Bastion Cemetery 1819-1867

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WO 156/122

Malta Registers in Class ADM

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