History of Oldham Volunteer Corps

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History of Oldham Volunteer Corps

AUTHOR SIGNED By Iain Wilkinson 

Paperback pre owned, published in 2009 by Jagi Publishing

During the Napoleonic wars a wave of enthusiastic volunteers around Great Britain volunteered to form corps, with the aim of protecting the country from the French threat of invasion. These were the first volunteer corps to form in Oldham.

After the Napoleonic wars a period of civil unrest prevailed prompting the formation of Yeomanry corps around the country, including Oldham.

A renewed threat of invasion from France in 1859 prompted a new wave of volunteer corps to be formed, known as the Rifle Volunteers; Oldham had its own corps originally known as the 31st Lancashire Rifle Volunteers, which eventually became the 6th Volunteer Battalion Manchester Regiment. Some of these volunteers saw service in the South African War at the turn of the 19th century.

This book draws on original sources to detail the history of these Oldham Volunteer Corps over a 110 year period. 

  • Oldham Horse and Foot Associations 1798 - 1802
  • Oldham Loyal Volunteers 1799 - 1808
  • Oldham Local Militia 1808 - 1816
  • Oldham Troop of Yeomanry Cavalry 1817 - 1828
  • Oldham Rifle Volunteers 1859 - 1888
  • 6th Volunteer Battalion Manchester Regiment 1888 - 1908
  • Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry - Oldham Troop 1873 - 1908


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