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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 F/WHI
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: WHITE FAMILY
Date(s): 1809-1812
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres (2 documents).
Name of creator(s): Corps of River Fencibles of the City of London | volunteer force


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thames watermen and other groups of river tradesmen had voluntarily formed associations of River Fencibles in 1798, the same year that the Corps of Sea Fencibles was established as a coastal home guard. Fencibles were service personnel liable only for defensive service, an early version of the Home Guard.

The River Fencibles were officially established in 1803, and by 1804 had uniformed commissioned officers. Members of the London Corps in small boats escorted the barge carrying the body of Nelson along the Thames during his state funeral in 1806. The force was disbanded in 1813.


Scope and content/abstract:

Certificates of Thomas White's service in the Corps of River Fencibles of the City of London, 1809-1812.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

2 items in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gifted to the Archive in December 1975.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For other records of the Corps, see CLC/057.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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