The Volunteer Rifle Corps
In the latter part of the nineteenth century, a group of volunteer riflemen met and trained locally. In Market Lavington Museum, we have some photographs of them in their uniforms. For more information about them, see The Loyal Volunteers,The Loyal Volunteers and The Loyal Volunteers. John Baker, the Market Lavington whitesmith (see John Baker) was a keen member and won many trophies for his marksmanship.
John Baker was the quartermaster and is standing eighth from the left in this photograph from 1875.
Our next blog post will consider some of the challenges these men met to prove their competance.