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Herts V.R. by J.D. Sainsbury

Herts VR



An account of the Hertfordshire Volunteer Regiment and other units of the Volunteer Training Corps and the Volunteer Force raised in Hertfordshire, 1914-1921


Detailed Description

Following the outbreak of war in August 1914, patriotic men throughout the country formed local volunteer corps with a view to supplementing the Army in the event of German invasion. The government was unwilling to accept their services until the spring of 1916 and maintained an uneasy relationship with what became the Volunteer Training Corps. However, shortage of manpower and the need to regulate its use led to the conversion of V.T.C. units into units of the Volunteer Force – part of the Armed Forces of the Crown and a forerunner of Britain’s Second World War Home Guard.

Herts V.R. tells the story of the Volunteer Training Corps and the Volunteer Force in detail, both nationally and in Hertfordshire, where three infantry battalions were raised, together with medical and transport sub-units.

Colonel J.D. Sainsbury was commissioned in the Royal Artillery during National Service, which he spent with a field regiment in Germany. After retiring from a career at the Bank of England, he then spent twenty years as a historical consultant and archivist in the Honours and Awards Branch of the Military Secretary’s Department of the MoD. As a Territorial Army officer he served in local field artillery units and in a variety of staff jobs, until retiring in 2000. He was appointed OBE (Military Division) in the 1997 New Year Honours. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1991 for his work preserving and recording the history of military units raised in Hertfordshire.

ISBN 978-0-948527-08-1; July 2004, 132pp; Paperback