Militia forces in the United Kingdom represent the oldest parts of the British military. Until 1881, it consisted of a part-time force, organised by county and called upon for home defence. After that date, they officially became part of the county regiments and existed in that way until they were reorganised into the national Territorial Army in 1908.
This collection comprises attestation papers for recruits into the militia from 1800-1915. Attestation forms were filled in at the time of recruitment and records often include information about physical appearance and details of previous service.
The following information can be found, where available:
- Name of relative(s)
- Relationship to serviceman
- Place and date of birth
- Place and date of Enlistment
- Regiment and unit
- Service rank
- Service number
Updates: Mar 2020: Added 55,616 new records to the collection.