Volunteer Service Gazette
Volunteer Rifle Corps were established in 1859 due to perceived threat of French invasion. The movement was not expected to last but by 1888 there were over 220,000 members. Great reviews took place and rifle tournaments were widely reported and patronised by Royalty. Volunteer Rifle Corps are the forerunners of the Territorial Army. Battalion records are scattered around the country. The "Volunteer Service Gazette" was the service newspaper but copies are scare.
Making the "Volunteer Service Gazette" available on line would do family, local and military historians a great service in gaining access to a rich but largely untouched source of information. It would make a welcome change from local newpapers and a valuable supplement.
Please add the "Volunteer Service Gazette" to the online resources. Thanks.
David, Thank you for your suggestion. We also think that this would be a super addition to the archive. We have added it to our digitisation plan (which is a huge list of everything we plan to digitise!)
Best wishes (and thank you for the heads up!)
David Aubrey Q C commented
That is really positive news. Do you have any idea win this publication is likely to be on line?
AdminThe British Newspaper Archive (Head of Data Development, The British Newspaper Archive) commented
You're very welcome, David. Hope you have a super Christmas and New Year!
David M commented
What a great Christmas present! Thanks for the positive news.