Surrey Volunteer Regiment

Surrey Volunteer's Training Corps

Men of the Richmond Volunteer Training Corps (later 8th Battalion, Surrey Volunteer Regiment). Photograph from the papers of Quartermaster Walker Mason Marsden (1873-1960) .
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On 6th August 1914 The Times published a letter by Percy Harris suggesting that London should form a defence force similiar to the Ulster Volunteer Force established in Ireland in 1912 to oppose Home Rule. His idea was taken up by other counties as well as London, although it would not be until 24th October 1914 that Major MacLaughlin held a meeting at Woking to raise such a unit in Surrey. Originally the units were independent formations outside the control of the War Office until 19 November 1914 when the Army Council established the Volunteer Training Corps (VTC) for those who were over age or not eligible for some other reason to serve in the armed forces. The Corps was intended for home defence, since the Territorial Battalions were being sent to the far flung corners of the Empire and, increasingly, to the Western Front, where the British Expeditionary Force had suffered crippling casualties (one regular battalion, the 1st Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, had mustered 1,000 men on 1 August, but only 32 remained with the Colours in November 1914.

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2 Responses to “Surrey Volunteer Regiment”

  1. kirstey beckett

    I have a pipe with the following inscription which I am trying to gain somre more history about. Private HTC Carter from OC “A” Coy 9th SUrrey Volunteer Regt. for deotion to duty July 1st 1917. Could you let me have any more information about these if possible please. KInd regards

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