Market Lavington Museum

The Loyal Volunteers


Market Lavington has a long and proud military history. For well over a hundred years the southern part of the parish has formed a part of the Salisbury Plain training area but even before that area came into use there was a local platoon of the Loyal Volunteers. This picture of them is thought to date from about 1890. It appears on the main museum website.

Market lavington Loyal Volunteers - about 1890

We get many requests for help with family history and one arrived concerning the photo.

Our correspondent said, “I saw the photo of the Members of the Loyal Volunteers, late 1880s on your website. Do you have any names for the people in it, especially the chap in the middle in the front row who could be my double. I ask as I am related to James Matthews who is buried in the graveyard.”

Sadly, we do not have names for the people on this photo but maybe you can help. If you think you know any of the people, or can tell us anything about our local Loyal Volunteers, then do leave a message or contact the curator.