The collection consists primarily of a manuscript notebook containing military drillinginstructions. It bears the description: 'Directions for a small volunteer company of infantry raisedJune 1798' and is signed 'WHB' (probably Walter Holt Bracebridge, son of Abraham Bracebridge). Thefollowing pages contain observations and instructions about military groups, formations, dress,officers, terminology, drill positions, and discipline. A number of formations and drill positionsare illustrated with coloured diagrams and drawings. The last two pages of the volume contains namesof members of the Atherstone volunteers. The names are divided into four sections, led by that ofCaptain Abraham Bracebridge c.1798 (MS 122/1).
Together with the volume is a letter addressed to Captain Bracebridge from the Earl of Warwick,enclosing a copied statement by the House of Lords giving thanks to corps of yeomanry and volunteercavalry and infantry for their efforts during the period of the war (MS 122/2).