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20 May 2019 6:48 p.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2019 4:08 p.m. PST

"The North York Militia had a reputation of being a ‘crack' unit and most of their exploits can be traced in the Napoleonic period through The Museum of The Green Howards in Richmond, Yorkshire. The noted memoirist, Captain John Kincaid, transferred with a draft of North York Militia volunteers to the 95th Rifles at Hythe in 1809. The illustration below (dated to 1814) depicts a dapper-looking Rifleman of the Light Company of The North York Militia loading a Baker rifle. Of particular interest to students is the size of the ‘ball-bag' on the waist-belt and supported by a cross-belt and the associated suggestion by looking at the rifleman in the background is that these particular riflemen did not wear a cartridge-box containing paper cartridges. A ‘powder-flask' fitted with an English charger-measure is depicted, carried not on a shoulder-slung cord but in a breast pocket of the jacket supported by a cord around the rifleman's neck. The white cord shown descending from the belt-buckle is taken to be holding the rifleman's ‘brush and pricker'…."
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IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2019 5:17 a.m. PST

Most interesting. Many thanks for posting this T.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2019 3:35 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


Major Snort17 Mar 2019 3:55 p.m. PST

Interesting only in regard to volunteer riflemen, who were only expected to serve in their own county in England in case of invasion or Militia who did not serve overseas. It has little relevance to the main service ammunition used by the 95th and 60th regiments.

The rounds from Alnwick Castle would have been used by the Percy Tenantry Rifles, who were not even armed with the Baker.

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