Market Lavington Museum

Retiring from the Loyal Volunteers


We have featured the Loyal Volunteers in Market Lavington on several occasions. They were a rifle corps in the days before the Territorial Army. We know of several local members including men from the Baker (whitesmiths), Gye and Welch families.

Here are some of their members in 1891.

That would have been just after Sergeant Gye had to leave active service with them, as he had attained fifty years of age. In Market Lavington Museum, we have a letter of thanks for his service.

A fitting tribute to a founder member of the local volunteers, which has survived for over 130 years.