Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section

General Guide


20: Military and Armed Bodies


This section includes records of local volunteers, militia, volunteer brigades and units of the Home Guard. For records of old comrades' associations see Section 21.

There are no collections of records of City trained bands but there are scattered muster lists in other collections. To find these, look in our online catalogue, www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/librarycatalogue and conduct a classification search for L 75.122. (Use the option to specify searches in Guildhall (Ms) only). Three stray commissions of officers in the Royal London Militia have survived - Ms 1600, Ms 9276 and Ms 23278 and these can be found using the classification search described in the next paragraph.

Full catalogue entries will be found in our online catalogue www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/librarycatalogue (use the “Former catalogue”). To find the entries, do a Classification search for the Manuscript number given below in bold, adding leading zeroes if necessary to give the number five digits (e.g. Ms 00765, Ms 00186 or Ms 30343). If the collection consists of a single document, it will be given in the following way in this guide: Ms 765; if the collection consists of several documents, it will be given as Ms 30343-. In order to find the entries in our online catalogue, please just enter the first number in a classification search, without a dash, e.g. Ms 30343. This search will bring up the collection level description for the collection which will give the full range of manuscript numbers.

The catalogue is available in hard copy at the Manuscripts Section's enquiry desk.

AIR TRAINING CORPS, SQUADRON NO.1282 (CITY OF LONDON). 1941-55 L 75.6  Ms 14387-

BRITISH ARMY, Flanders, 1744, under command of Field-Marshal Wade. Volume of daily orders only. Ms 765

CITY OF LONDON IMPERIAL VOLUNTEERS. 1899-1956 (further records are held by the PRO and the CLRO). L 75.25. Ms 10190- See also Section 23 DUNK, Arthur William; LEFROY, T.E.; NEWNHAM, Alfred George.

CITY OF LONDON TERRITORIAL AND AUXILIARY FORCES ASSOCIATION. 1907-68. L 75.24 Ms 12606-

COMMISSIONERS OF THE MILITIA OF LONDON. 1659-60 (copy minutes only). L 75.12 Ms 186

COMMISSIONERS OF LIEUTENANCY. 1676-1714 (copy minutes only- original minutes 1676-20th century are held by LMA). L 75.12 Ms 186

CORPS OF RIVER FENCIBLES OF THE CITY OF LONDON. 1803-10. L 75.3 Ms 6386A-

HARNAGE, Col. Henry, inspecting field officer of London yeomanry and volunteer corps. 1803-15 letter book. L 75.2 Ms 4951

HOME GUARD: City of London, Essex and other battalions. 1940-5 (nominal rolls). L 75.23 Ms 5919-

INNS OF COURT AND CITY YEOMANRY, incorporating Law association volunteers; Law Clerks' Rifle Corps; 14th and 23rd Middlesex (Inns of Court) Rifle Volunteer Corps; 27th Battalion of the County of London Regiment (IOC); Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps; Inns of Court Rifle Volunteer Corps; Inns of Court Regiment; City of London Yeomanry. 1780-1978. L 75.23 Ms 14489-

LIGHTHORSE VOLUNTEERS OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER. Regimental record book. 1779-1829 (compiled ca. 1829). L 75.21 Ms 18942

LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE. 1859-2006. L 75.24  Ms 9386-

LOYAL LONDON VOLUNTEERS. 1799-1809. L 75.22  Ms 4-  

MIDDLESEX RIFLE VOLUNTEERS. 1870-1909. L 75.24  Ms 9408-

ROYAL LONDON MILITIA. 1871-88. L 75.24  Ms 9410A-

ROYAL TRINITY HOUSE VOLUNTEER CORPS. 1803-6. L 75.2 Ms 30343-


Last updated 6th December 2006

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