From 1859 to 1908 the Rifle Volunteers played an essential role in Britainís national defence, yet their history has been sadly neglected. Little information is available on these dedicated, amateur soldiers who were recruited into the ranks of a military organization that flourished across the country. But now, in this invaluable book, Ray Westlake, a leading authority on the military history of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, provides a concise, accessible introduction to the Rifle Volunteers and a comprehensive directory of the units raised in each county and each town.
The main content of the book consists of the lists of units and companies across the country, with a brief history of each one. The key leading officers are names, as well as the backgrounds... [read full review]Genealogistís Magazine
The latest military guide provides a detailed breakdown of the establishment and composition of every Rifle Volunteer corps established in England, Scotland and Wales following the movement's creation in 1859 and until its eventual demise... [read full review]Discover my Past, England and Scotland
The Volunteer units are listed by county, a manner which the majority of researchers will find the most convenient. Ray has tackled the often complex task of following the formation, progression and designation of the... [read full review]Military Historical ReSearch Society
This new book from military historian Ray Westlake is a comprehensive guide to the Rifle Volunteer Corps, forerunner of the Territorial Army. It provides the entire history of the Corps from 1859 to 1908,... [read full review]Family Tree Magazine Dec 2010
Those of our ancestors who served in the military either as Regulars, Volunteers or Cadets did so in locally raised formations. This book gives us clues as to how locally formed units were variously amalgamated... [read full review]Lancashire FHS
The Rifle Volunteers were a group of dedicated, amateur soldiers who played a vital role in Britain's national defence from 1859 to 1908. This book is the first to provide a history of these brave... [read full review]Lisa
The Rifle Volunteers were the infantry component of a large volunteer army that existed in Victorian England, Wales and Scotland, coming into existence in 1858 and surviving until the creation of the Territorial Force in... [read full review]History of War
BY THE MID 1800s the general consensus of the Government in Great Britain was that the British mainland was secure from attack. Since victory at the Battle of Trafalgar the threat posed from Europe was... [read full review]Your Family History
The Rifle Volunteers were formed May 12, 1859 as a defence force of part-time citizen soldiers. Ray Westlake has done extensive research for his book and has produced a comprehensive history of all the... [read full review]Soldier Magazine
In this invaluable book Ray Westlake, a leading authority on the military history of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, provides a concise, accessible introduction to the Rifle Volunteers and a comprehensive directory of the units raised... [read full review]Kent Family History Society Journal
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About Ray Westlake
Ray Westlake has an established reputation as a military historian specializing in the British army of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has made a particular study of the Great War. He has published many articles and books, among them. Tracing British Battalions on the Somme, British Battalions on the Western Front January to June 1915, Voluntary Infantry, 1880-1908, Kitchener's Army, British Regiments at Gallipoli, British Battalions in France and Belgium 1914, English and Welsh Regiments, The Territorial Battalions, The British Army of August 1914: An Illustrated Directory and Tracing the Rifle Volunteers.
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