In 1880 the 1st and 3rd Administrative Battalions were consolidated into the 1st and 2nd Corps of the Derbyshire Rifle Volunteers.
1st Corps of the Derbyshire Rifle Volunteers
Formed on 10th July 1880 and comprised of 12 Companies with Headquarters at Derby:-
- “A” (Derby) Company (previously 1st Corps)
- “B” (Derby) Company (previously 4th Corps)
- “C” (Derby) Company (previously 5th Corps)
- “D” (Derby) Company (previously 5th Corps)
- “E” (Butterley) Company (previously No. 1 Company of 12th Corps)
- “F” (Condor) Company (previously No. 2 Company of 12th Corps)
- “G” (Belper) Company (previously 13th Corps)
- “H” (Derby) Company (previously 15th Corps)
- “I” (Derby) Company (previously 15th Corps)
- “K” (Derby) Company (previously 19th Corps)
- “L” (Long Eaton) Company (previously 20th Corps)
- “M” (Long Eaton) Company (previously 20th Corps and part of 13th Corps)
An Officer believed to be from The 1st Corps of the Derbyshire Rifle Volunteers (I V DERBY) which was formed from the 1st Admin Battalion on 10th July 1860 and consolidated as the new 1st Corps with 12 Companies in 1880.
2nd Corps of the Derbyshire Rifle Volunteers
Formed in 1880 and comprised of 10 Companies with Headquarters at Bakewell:-
- “A” (Chesterfield) Company (previously 3rd Corps)
- “B” (Chapel-en-le-Frith) Company (previously 7th Corps)
- “C” (Ashbourne) Company (previously 8th Corps)
- “D” (Bakewell) Company (previously 9th Corps)
- “E” (Wirksworth) Company (previously 10th Corps)
- “F” (Matlock) Company (previously 11th Corps)
- “G” (Clay Cross) Company (previously 17th Corps)
- “H” (Whaley Bridge) Company (previously 18th Corps)
- “I” (Hartington) Company (previously 21st Company)
- “K” (Staveley) Company (previously 22nd Corps)
looking for information on a cup given to a Mr Potter for land given to the 7th company of Derbyshire volunteers dec 1866.
Sorry Margaret I’ve got no information – cheers Mike
Am trying to trace an example of a 1st Derby Rifle Volunteers cloth helmet badge. I have a photo of some Derby School cadets wearing an unidentified helmet badge and wonder if it might be from this unit. It does not look like the one featured in the piece above. Can I email you a copy?
by all means do – but I’m not the best at badges etc
email is firstname.lastname@example.org
There was a Mr J Potter at Woodside Farm near Eccles Pike (between Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith) who had some land that was linked with the Chapel-en-le-Frith Rifle Volunteers in the 1860s. I came across details when researching Volunteer shooting competitions for a booklet that is to be published on Furness Vale History Society website later this year.
Evening Elizabeth – thats sounds very interesting – please let me know when/where I can get hold of a copy – best wishes Mike
Hi mike. How is your dad doing?
Looking for pics of the volunteer rifle range at staveley circa 1880-1930
He’s doing well thanks – hope you are good.
Sorry I don’t have any and I never seen a reference to a Stavely Volunteer rifle range. The Sherwood Foresters museum would know I think cheers Mike
Hi , I am trying to find information on my great great grandfather H Hewitt and all we have is 1882 Egypt medals for a lance corporal H Hewitt 1632 2nd Derbyshire regiment. Is there anywhere I find more information? Thanks
Hi, I am looking for any information in lance corporal Henry Hewitt 1632 who was in the 1882 Egyptian conflict. Is it possible he was then posted to India. Thanks
His name may appear on the Egyptian Campaign medal roles that should be available via ancestry. Other than that I’m sure where you could look. have you tried the Regimental Archivist for the Sherwood Foresters? cheers Mike
Hi mike, do you know the details of the archivist?
Hi. I was looking at some late victorian maps of clay cross and happened to notice marked on it an 800yd rifle range . Ive googled it and can only find a couple of references to it. One is a shooting match with the Nottingham volunteers and a great war casualty whose address was range cottages clay cross. Have you any info on it?
Hi Mike. I was recently looking at an old map of my home town of clay cross when i noticed that there was an 800yrd rifle range adjacent to the main Derby rd going out of clay cross towards morton. Ive looked on google and can pnlu find two references to it. One is a competition shoot by the Notts territorials there(with names and scores). Tge other slightly more tenuous is a great war casualty whose address was 2 range cottages. Have you any more information? id be very interested to read it.
Evening Rob – I had no idea about the rifle range sorry – but I would be interested to see the report that you have found – best wishes Mike
Still trying to re-find that article on the range at clay cross but did find the above. Hope its of interest