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Tango0128 Nov 2023 8:49 p.m. PST

… Volunteers 1798-1814

"The history of Britain's conflict with France between 1793 and 1815 is well documented. Nevertheless, one aspect that has scant coverage, is that of the role of Volunteers. In 1798, afraid of impending invasion by France's all-conquering armies the British desperately needed to defend their shores. To The Call of Bugles reveals, for the first time, how among those who stood forward in Home Guard style military bodies, there was no finer example than that of the valiant Percy Tenantry Volunteers, created by the 2nd Duke of Northumberland, General Hugh Percy. This amateur body of men, 1,500 strong, consisting of cavalry, artillery and riflemen, was put together, trained, armed, dressed and operated by General Hugh Percy. This book provides stories from the original volunteers, an in-depth understanding of how such a corps was organised and reveals how they were fashioned into an elite and innovative fighting force."


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42flanker29 Nov 2023 3:16 a.m. PST

A fascinating subject involving the redoubtable Henry, Earl Percy of AWI fame, later Duke of Northumberand.

I find myself wondering, though, what opportunities the 1500 "valiant Percy Tenantry Volunteers" had to demonstrate their 'valour.'

JMcCarroll29 Nov 2023 8:38 a.m. PST

"I find myself wondering, though, what opportunities the 1500 "valiant Percy Tenantry Volunteers" had to demonstrate their 'valour.'"

It would take a couple of beers, but I'm sure I could think of something. :)

42flanker29 Nov 2023 12:04 p.m. PST

My door is always open.

Tango0129 Nov 2023 3:19 p.m. PST

Glad you like it boys…


Percy Tenantry02 Dec 2023 3:44 a.m. PST

The word 'Valient' was my publisher not me. ; However you could argue over that beer, that they did turn out for, what was later known as the false alarm, when it was thought the French had landed near Berwick. As they stepped out that night, I guess it took some courage or at least determination to face the "French dogs".

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