If anybody is interested in the militia and other "volunteer" forces these
National Archive guides are useful
Note there were different types of volunteer forces and the way they
operated varied. I the Napoleonic wars the were the home guard. By the
1830's, a period of political unrest, they were the riot police under the
effective control of the local magistrate.
From: Adrian Bruce [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 22 June 2015 12:31
Cc: Paul Hockie
Subject: Re: [DEV] WATERLOO
Just a couple of points of clarification. Until the 1870s (I think), militia
regiments were not part of the (Regular) Army and were raised by the Lord
Lieutenant of the county, not by regiments of the (Regular) Army. That's why
the ballot lists, and the lists of chosen militiamen
*tend* to be with the county record offices.
Nor were the militia regiments full time. The members would attend training
but would be living in civilian life. Every so often, either for training
camps or for garrison duty, etc., they would be called up / embodied and put
into uniform. Records such as muster & pay lists of the regiments at that
stage *tend* to have been passed over to the War Office, so ended up at Kew.
Not sure where militia units would tend to serve - my local Cheshire units
were found all over England and it must have occurred to people that if you
were going to use militia to keep down the unruly mob, then it would be
better not to have militiamen trying to intimidate their relatives. I have
found that newspaper databases and Google are good sources of tracking down
some of these embodiments as they often made their way into newspaper
On 22/06/2015 11:19, Paul Hockie via wrote:
Each regiment was expected to raise a militia regiment. These acted
the Home Guard, Territorial Army, National Guard etc. These were full
time regiments but usually based in their home county.