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Offline Leofwine

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Re: Chatham Rifle Volunteers
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 18:20:05 »
Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 28 February 1860

CHATHAM.
Viscount Sydney, the Lord Lieutenant of the County, has refused to appoint Mr. J. Budden as Captain of the Chatham Volunteer Rifle Corps, which he had been elected by the company, on account of his being the proprietor of the canteens for the troops of the Chatham garrison, his lordship being of opinion that such a position is incompatible with the captaincy of a volunteer rifle corps. Some dissatisfaction was occasioned by this among the volunteers, which, we believe, however, has subsided.
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Re: Chatham Rifle Volunteers
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2012, 22:25:20 »
Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 18 September 1860

CHATHAM.
The Lord Lieutenant has decided upon holding inspection of the various Rifle Volunteer Corps, comprising the 3rd Battalion, on Chatham Lines on Wednesday, the 13th instant.

CHATHAM RIFLE CORPS.—The rifle shooting for the prizes offered by the officers of this corps commenced last week. The members of the corps have been most assiduous in their attendance at rifle practice, and the result is that the Chatham corps can now furnish some of the best shots of any corps in the county.
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Re: Chatham Rifle Volunteers
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2012, 03:06:03 »
Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 16 October 1860

CHATHAM.
A general muster of the officers and Volunteers of the Chatham Rifle Corps took placed at the head-quarters of company on Thursday evening, for the purpose of witnessing the presentation of a silver cup to Corporal Burfield, given by the officers of the corps as a prize for the best rifle shooting. A number of ladies, together with several of the clergy and gentry of the town, were present to witness the proceedings. The corps having been formed into three sides of a square, Captain Brock the officer in command, addressed tbe Volunteers, complimenting them on the skill which had been displayed by several members of the corps, in firing for the prize, and he said that no doubt that next year the names of many of them would figure in the list of competitors at the National Rifle Association. There had been 41 competitors for the prize, 13 of whom were pronounced exceedingly good. At 300 yards Corporal Rurfleld made 34 points in 20 rounds, and thus carried off the prize, which Captain Brock handed him amid the cheers of the assembled spectators. The officers have announced prizes of two silver cups to be competed for next year.

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Re: Chatham Rifle Volunteers
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2012, 10:47:48 »
The Rifle Volunteers were created in 1859 in response to renewed invasion fears. They were set-up on a county basis with an assortment of companies, corps, and battalions. I believe the battalion for the Chatham district was the 4th. At the same time units were raised of Mounted Yeomanry Rifles and Volunteer Artillery.

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Chatham Rifle Volunteers
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012, 14:45:16 »
I don't know anything much about this unit, but I assume they were a militia unit.

Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 24 April 1860

CHATHAM.
THE RIFLE VOLUNTEERS.—The following officers have been unanimously appointed: -Lieutenant, Mr. Charles Isaacs; Ensign, Mr. James Grover; Quartermaster, Mr. G. H. Windeyer; Treasurer, Mr. G. E. Gates; Chaplain, Rev. S. Arnott; Surgeon, Mr. J. S. Ely. The corps is gradually increasing in numbers, and the drills take place on Monday and Wednesday mornings, from six till eight o'clock; and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from six till eight. In fact, everything wears a most promising aspect for the thorough efficiency of the corps, which has received 60 rifles, with the use of which they are so far advanced that they go out skirmishing; and considering the annoyance and interruptions they have been exposed to from circumstances unnecessary further to mention, the great progress they have made is really astonishing, their various manoeuvres being executed with a precision that does them the highest credit, and bids fair to place them on a level with the first corps in the kingdom. A subscription was set on foot to establish a band, and so enthusiastically was the proposition received, that in less than half hour upwards of £40 was subscribed.
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