Early c19th Kendal Volunteers (forum archive)

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File alt font awesome.svg Posted by plbramham » 08 Aug 2012, 09:04
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Early C19th Kendal militia & volunteers – forebears of 4th Border Regiment TA!

From 1861 volume “The Annals of Kendal” by Cornelius Nicholson.

Extracts regarding the Kendal & Lonsdale Volunteers, later The Kendal & Lonsdale Local Militia, then in 1859 the 3rd Westmorland Volunteer Rifle Corps, which then became a volunteer battalion of The Border Regiment, and finally in 1908 formed the 4th Btn. The Border Regiment (Territorials). In Victorian times most towns (and even some large villages) had an element of militia or yeomanry. If you look at old almanacs or annals you’ll usually find them listed in the organisations section at the end - often alongside groups like temperance leagues and friendly societies!

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Further to my above posting, The Westmorland Volunteer Rifle Corps and Border Regiment Volunteer Battalions must not be confused with The Border Rifle Volunteers. This was a Scottish unit and had no connection whatsoever with "our" Border Regiment. It often comes up as a match on internet search engines and on e bay, and the matter is further confused with similarities in The Border Rifle Volunteer and The Border Regiment cap badges as they both share the Maltese cross with the lions passant between the arms. (Don't go thinking you've found a rare early Border Regiment badge!)

To emphasise - The Border Rifle Volunteers were nothing to do with The Border Regiment!
Here's a very brief history of The Border Rifle Volunteers - dates and titles:

  • 1861 : 1st Administrative Battalion, Roxburghshire Rifle Volunteers.
  • 1868: The Border Rifles
  • 1880: 1st Roxburghshire & Selkirk (The Border) Rifle Volunteeers.
  • 1881: Linked tp The Royal Scots Fusiliers as their regimental "parent" unit.
  • 1887: Transferred from The Royal Scots Fusiliersto King's Own Scottish Borderers
  • 1908: 4th (The Border) battalion, The Kings Own Scottish Borders ( Territorials) on amalgamation with 2nd volunteer btn.

I can see the last title in 1908 in particular getting confused with the 4th Btn Border Regiment territorials!