18th May 1859 - Volunteer Rifle Corps formed

On 18th May 1859 a Volunteer Rifle Corps was formed at the White Hart in Salisbury.[1]. This was a ‘Home Guard’ style organization intended, seemingly, to resist a possible invasion by the French.

The historian TJ Northey, writing in 1897, says that:

there was reason to fear further troubles from France, the serious differences between the two countries being chiefly occasioned this time by the refusal of the British Government to extradite the political fugitive Orsini, who was charged with being a leader of the conspirators who had attempted to assassinate the Emperor of the French. The menaces which came from across Channel were met by another and more effectual volunteer movement, which was attended with such success that it has meant the adding to our forces of a permanent reserve[2]

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Footnotes

[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

[2] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

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