Tunstall Volunteers - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

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Date:8th of August 1803

Description:Printed notice highlighting the resolutions from a meeting, which took place on August 8th, 1803, at the Lamb Inn, Tunstall.

At the meeting, local inhabitants and manufacturers decided to form a volunteer corps, or local defence unit.

They also agreed on how its commanding hierarchy should be made up and the name of the corps itself.

The corps would be made of two groups, each with a commanding officer and a first and second lieutenant, each commanding between 80 to 120 men. These men named in the document.

Capatains of Companies

Samuel Carlitch
Charles Simpson

1st Lieutenants

E.G.E. Goodwin
G.J. Goodwin

2nd Lieutenants

Thomas Cartlitch
George Reade

Threatened by a most insolent and implacable Foe

The French Revolution in 1789 signalled the start of a very turbulent period in European history.

During the 1790s the French Revolutionary government waged war on much of Europe, including Italy, Spain, the Netherlands. In 1793 the Republic declared that it was at war with Great Britain.

The malignant and virulent effects of the Gallic Yoke

Fear of invasion prompted the organisation of voluntary home defence forces all over the country.

About this Document

This article was printed by Smith in Newcastle. It was collected by local industrialist Enoch Wood and is now part of the collections at Stoke-on-Trent Museums.


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