Militia Regiments 1759-1925

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The Militia regiments of Great Britain and Ireland were a part-time voluntary force and were organised by county. The force was made up of non-professional soldiers and volunteers who were ready to perform military service during a time of need, as opposed to a professional force of regular, full-time military personnel. Modern militias were created by the Militia Act of 1757. Soldiers were chosen among the able-bodied men of the parish between the ages of 18 and 50, and would serve 3 years (extended to 5). If they wished not to serve, they could either provide a substitute, or pay a £10 fine.

In 1881, the army was reorganised and militia regiments were attached to units of the regular army, taking on the new regiment’s name in the process.

The records within this collection are taken from enrolment lists and casualty lists as well as nominal rolls. Record details vary depending on which list a name appears on.




Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • surname
  • initials
  • rank
  • service number
  • fate
  • unit
  • date

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: These records are stored at the National Archives under the reference WO68, records of Militia regiments in Great Britain and Ireland.

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