Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1283
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: MIDDLESEX VOLUNTEER ARTILLERY
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Middlesex Volunteer Artillery
A militia force was raised from the civilian population of a county, in order to supplement the regular army in cases of emergency. In Middlesex they were called out at times of unrest. They came to be supplemented by volunteer forces, such as those raised by the 1794 Bill for "encouraging and disciplining such corps and companies of men as shall voluntarily enrol for the defence of their counties, towns and coasts or for the general defence of the Kingdom during the Present War [with France]".
There were around 300 militiamen in Middlesex in 1802. During the Napoleonic Wars this number rose to over 2000 by 1808 and 12,000 by 1812. More volunteer corps were raised in 1859, again in response to threat of French invasion. In 1881 the Army was organised into territorial regiments formed of regular, militia and volunteer battalions. Middlesex militia and volunteer battalions came under the Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own).
Scope and content/abstract:
Papers of the 2nd Middlesex Volunteer Artillery, comprising orders relating to the royal review of volunteers, 1899, and observations on the regimental camp.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement:
Two items catalogued as ACC/1283/001 and ACC/1283/002.
Conditions governing access:
Available for general access.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.
Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm
Immediate source of acquisition:
Records deposited in July 1975.
Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.
Date(s) of descriptions: June to August 2010.