No. 33 Guildhall Lt. Infantry Volunteer
PRIME & LOAD [2nd priming motion] (see original 1798 description below)
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Original Description of the unit from 1798:
GUILDHALL VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION.
MAJOR COMMANDANT, JASPER ATKINSON.
THE above Association was formed in May 1798, under Jasper Atkinson, Esq.; and at present consists of one Grenadier, one Battalion, and one Light Infantry Company: the Committee is chosen out of each Company by ballot; and their Colours were presented by Mrs. Atkinson, on the 10th of October, 1798, at Pentonville.
Major Commandant, Jasper Atkinson. Grenadiers. –Captain, ; Lieutenant Battalion.–Captain, ; Lieutenant, ; Ensign, Light Infantry.–Captain, ; Lieutenant,
DRESS OF THE LIGHT INFANTRY.
Helmets; turned-up, Leopard-skin; overall, Bear’s Fur and green Feather. Breastplate, oval; a representation of Guildhall within wreaths of Laurel, and round inscribed, GUILDHALL VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION.
Buttons, a Crown, with G. V. A. under it.
B. The Proprietor was not permitted, upon inquiry, to know the names of the respective Officers; nor favoured with the terms on which the Corps was inrolled; he has therefore left a space for each name to be ﬁlled up at pleasure.
|Dimensions||25.25 × 32.5 cm|
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