Northamptonshire Volunteers [UK]
Authors and Contributors this page: T.F. Mills
Page created 1 July 2005. Corrected and updated 31.12.2005
 
Northamptonshire Volunteers
1859-1961
 
United Kingdom 
  Titles & Lineage
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Note: This is a battalion history of the part-time reserves, which are normally liable for full-time active service only in an emergency. See the main regimental page(s) as linked below for more information.
How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
 
  Titles and Lineage English County Index
Alphabetic Index of Titles
   
1860.08.01 1st Administrative Battalion, Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteers
formed with HQ at Northampton to administer existing corps:
   
  • 1st Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps at Althorp, raised 29 Aug. 1859
  • 2nd Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps at Towcester, raised 19 Oct. 1859
  • 3rd Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps planned Mar. 1860 but not formed; formed at Northampton 1872 by amalgamation of 4th Corps and 5th Corps
  • 4th Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps at Northampton, raised 15 FEb. 1860; amalgamated 1872 with 5th Corps to form 3rd Corps
  • 5th Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps at Northampton, raised 3 Mar. 1860; amalgamated 1872 with 4th Corps to form 3rd Corps
  • 6th Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps at Peterborough, raised 3 Mar. 1860
  • 7th Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps at Wellingborough, raised 20 Sep. 1860
  • 8th Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps at Daventry, raised 23 Nov. 1860
  • 9th Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps at Kettering, raised 16 July 1873
  • 1st Northamptonshire Mounted Rifle Volunteer Corps at Overstone Moulton, raised 3 Mar. 1860; regimented 1862; disbanded 1869
  • 1st Northamptonshire Engineer Volunteer Corps at Peterborough, raised 1867; transferred 1872 to 2nd Tower Hamlets Engineer Corps
  1880.03.16 1st Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteer Corps
consolidated with HQ at Northampton, comprising two bns
   
  • A Company at Althorpe, formerly 1st RVC
  • B Company at Towcester, formerly 2nd RVC
  • C Company at Northampton, formed from 3rd RVC
  • D Company at Northampton, formed from 3rd RVC
  • E Company at Northampton, formed from 3rd RVC
  • F Company at Northampton, formed from 3rd RVC
  • G Company at Northampton, formed from 3rd RVC
  • H Company at Peterborough, formed from 4th RVC
  • I Company at Peterborough, formed from 4th RVC
  • K Company at Wellingborough, formed from 5th RVC
  • L Company at Wellingborough, formed from 5th RVC
  • M Company at Daventry, formerly 8th RVC
  • N Company at Kettering, formerly 9th RVC
  1881.07.01 volunteer battalion of The Northamptonshire Regiment
  1887.12 1th Volunteer Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment
  1900 three new coys formed; cadet corps formed at Wellingborough Grammar School
  1902 cadet coy formed at Oundle School
  1908.04.01 4th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment
transferred to T.F. with HQ at Clare Street, Northampton, less elements to form Northamptonshire Battery, 4th East Anglian Brigade RFA, and East Midland Brigade Coy, ASC
 
  • A Company at Clare Street, Northampton
  • B Company at Northampton (dets at Daventry and Weedon)
  • C Company at Northampton (dets at Althorp Park, Long Buckby and Harpole)
  • D Company at Northampton
  • E Company at Wellingborough (det at Finedon)
  • F Company at Kettering
  • G Company at Desborough (det at Rothwell)
  • H Company at Higham Ferrers (dets at Rushden and Irthlingborough)
  1915.03 1/4th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment
renumbered on formation of 2/4th Battalion
  1920.02.07 4th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment
reconstituted in T.A. with HQ at Clare Street, Northampton
  1937.10.01 50th (The Northamptonshire Regiment) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, RE
HQ at Northampton
   
  • 400 Company at Northampton
  • 401 Company at Northampton
  • 402 Company at Peterborough
  • 403 Company at Kettering
  1940.08.01 50th Searchlight Regiment, RA (The Northamptonshire Regiment)
   
  • 400 Battery at Northampton
  • 401 Battery at Northampton
  • 402 Battery at Peterborough
  • 403 Battery at Kettering
  1945.01.23 637th Regiment, RA (The Northamptonshire Regiment)
reorganised as infantry
  1947.01.01 585th (The Northamptonshire Regiment) Searchlight Regiment, RA
reconstituted in T.A. with HQ at Northampton
  1949.03.16 585th (The Northamptonshire Regiment) (Mixed) Light Anti-Aircraft/Searchlight Regiment, RA
  1955.01.10 R (The Northamptonshire Regiment) Battery, 438th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA
  1961.05.01 R Bty amalgamated with 5th Bn The Northamptonshire Regt, to form 4th/5th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment
     
     
  History (Links) & War Service Introduction to Volunteers
History:
50 (The Northamptonshire Regiment) SL Rgt RA(TA), by Derek Barton (The Royal Artillery 1939-45)
637 (Northamptonshire Rgt) Infantry Regiment RA(TA), by Derek Barton (The Royal Artillery 1939-45)
   
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  Battle Honours Index of Battle Honours
Index of Wars

South Africa 1900-02

The Great War: [contributed to honours of parent regiment]

The Second World War: [none awarded to artillery]

  Colours, Standards and Guidons Introduction to Colours
Record of Colours:
  Uniforms and Badges
   
Badges:
Uniform: 1860?: grey; facings: scarlet
1908?: scarlet; facings: white
   
   
     
   
   
  Honorary Colonels Index of Royal Colonels
<1882> vacant
Lieutenant Colonel Commandant:
1882.05.22 Lt-Col. Henry James (Fitzroy), Earl of Euston, VD
Honorary Colonel:
1908.05.12 Lt-Col. Henry James (Fitzroy), Earl of Euston, VD
  1912.05 vacant
1913.01.08 Hon. Lt-Col. Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Robert (Spencer), 6th Earl Spencer, KG, GCVO, VD
  1922.09 vacant
1924.08.27 Col. Albert Edward John (Spencer), 7th Earl Spencer, TD [continued 1961 in 4th/5th Battalion]
  Traditions
 
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