Book review: A Guide to the Volunteers of England 1859-1908

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08 August 2019
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The Volunteer Force of 1859-1908 was the forerunner of the Territorial Army. In this large, well-illustrated book, Ray Westlake has recorded all the volunteer corps that were created as a result of the formation of the Volunteer Force in 1859.

Author: Ray Westlake

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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The Volunteer Force of 1859-1908 was the forerunner of the Territorial Army. In this large, well-illustrated book, Ray Westlake has recorded all the volunteer corps that were created as a result of the formation of the Volunteer Force in 1859. That includes mounted rifles, light horse, artillery, engineer and rifle corps. It’s organised by county in alphabetical order. The details include when and where they were each formed but also covers whether individual corps were absorbed, merged, consolidated or amalgamated into others.

 

To go with the text are illustrations of badges, clasps, uniforms, colour cards, contemporary photos and so on. The design is a little dated but it’s all very accessible and well researched, making it an excellent resource for military historians.

 

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• Naval Military Press

 

• ISBN 978-1-7833-1485-0

 

• 180 pages • Softcover • £28

 

 

As reviewed in The Armourer September 2019

 

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