This Day in History: 1878-09-01

The 1st Battalion embarked on the SS Bengal in Cyprus, bound for India towing the sailing vessel Citadel.  They had been sent there in April with the Malta Expeditionary Force as part of the UK Government response to instability caused by the Russo-Turkish War, but in the event were not required to undertake any military operations.

A contemporary print of the 1st Battalion in Cyprus 1878