Summer Volunteer Encampments

Summer Volunteer Encampments

Postby kerchi » Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:04 pm



The Horse Guards have issued circular memorandum to the officers commanding the battalion comprising the Northern Counties Volunteer Infantry Brigade, stating that it is proposed to have a Volunteer Brigade Camp at Morecambe from Saturday, the 5th, to Saturday, the 19th of July.

It is proposed that the Volunteers shall be brigaded in two divisions; the lst Volunteer Battalion Royal Lancaster Regiment, the 2nd Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps, and the lst Battalion of the Border Regiment going into camp from Saturday, the 5th, to Saturday, the 12th July and the 3rd Lancaster Rifle Volunteers, the 2nd (or Westmorland) Volunteer Battalion of the Border Regiment, and the lst Volunteer Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers, being in camp during the following week.

The circular states that the minimum strength of each battalion is to be 350, otherwise it will not be permitted to join the camp. Up to the present time officers, sergeants, and 75 of the rank and file of the Carlisle Volunteers have promised to go into camp, and it is anticipated that in all about 500 of the Cumberland men will attend. In any case the minimum is sure to be considerably exceeded. Probably there will be 2,000 men in the camp each week. Every battalion will have its own canvass and its own officers' mess. The War Office, by its new regulations, undertake to allow each man while in camp 2s, for maintenance, or 16s, for the eight days, and travelling expenses will also be allowed at the rate of a penny per mile. The experiment of a Volunteer Brigade Camp will be watched with much interest.


The following circular has been issued: -

"Colonel Ridehalgh and the Officers of this Battalion, present their compliments to the various employers of labour, and others in whose service many of the members of the battalion are employed, and desire to explain that it is almost imperative that the battalion, at least 350 strong, should this year join brigade camp, which will assemble near Lancaster, from July 12th to 18th, and they desire to appeal to all employers, to permit as far as practicable, those Volunteers who are in their service, to have leave of absence during the period required at the least possible sacrifice to masters and men.

Colonel Ridehalgh and the officers feel that some sacrifices will necessarily involved, but trust that their endeavours to promote a superior condition of efficiency, (such a brigade camp affords), will meet with patriotic co-operation from all concerned. They also count upon a general response from the non-commissioned officers and men who are employed business on their own account, and trust that no time will be lost in sending their names to the respective colour-sergeants of companies, so that the necessary arrangements may be carried out at an early date.

In the event the battalion drills, as the travelling allowances will not be granted, it will therefore be seen that very little increased sacrifice of time will on the whole year be required. — By Order,
R. Williams Andrews, Major,
Adjutant (West'd.) V. B. Border Regt.

Published Saturday 8th March 1890
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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