TERRITORIAL ASSOCIATION RECORDS

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

PUBLIC RECORDS.

Records relating to the Denbighshire and Flintshire Territorial Associations, 1859-1973, including Denbighshire Hussars records, 1859-1926; Denbighshire Territorial Forces Association minutes and miscellaneous records, 1908-1950; 76 Anti-Tank Regiment records, 1938-1944; 372 and 384 (Flintshire and Denbighshire) Light Regiments records, 1945-1968; 1st Flintshire (Buckley) Engineer Volunteer Corps records of service, 1866-1904; Flintshire Territorial Forces Association minutes and miscellaneous records, 1908-1950; Denbighshire and Flintshire T. & A.F.A. minutes, 1951-1968, general purpose and finance committee minutes, 1953-1968, financial returns, 1942-1966, and miscellaneous records, 1950-1958; 'A' Company 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers records, 1970-1973; and photographs, 1909-1957.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1908, the major reorganization of the United Kingdom's volunteer military forces, which saw the abolition of the Militia, also witnessed the consolidation of the yeomanry and volunteers into the Territorial Force, organised into regional (usually county) Territorial Force Associations. Since 1859, volunteer infantry corps had been organised into battalions; from 1881, they were attached to regular infantry regiments. These included, from Flintshire, the Flintshire Engineer Volunteers, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, Royal Welch Fusiliers, Royal Flint Rifles and 1st Flintshire and Carnarvonshire Rifle Volunteers. The yeomanry (volunteer cavalry) had originated earlier, in 1795, and included the Flintshire, and Denbighshire Yeomanry, the Denbighshire Hussars, and Flintshire Yeomanry Cavalry. During the First World War, Territorial Forces were mobilised; in 1920 they were re-constituted as the Territorial Army. It was mobilised for the Second World War, and many Territorial Army units were assigned to the Royal Artillery (including 76 Anti-Tank Regiment from Flintshire), and in 1947, it was reconstituted as a part-time reservist force, largely as had existed in early 1939. A major reorganization of the Territorial Army in 1967 caused many regiments to lose their historic identities. The Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association was dissolved in 1968.

Arrangement

Arranged into three groups: Group One: Denbighshire Hussars, Denbighshire T.F.A, 1st Flintshire (Buckley) Engineer Volunteer Corps, Flintshire T.F.A., Denbighshire and Flintshire T. & A.F.A.; Group Two: Denbighshire Hussars Yeomanry, 76 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery (T.A.), 372 and 384 Light Regiments R.A. (R.W.F.) T.A.; and Group Three: 'A' Company 3rd (Volunteer) Bn RWF.

Conditions Governing Access

Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain personal information as defined by the Act.

Acquisition Information

Deposited c. 1968; further deposits made by Major J. R. Dowle, c/o Drill Hall, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd, per Mr A. Williams, 1982; Mr P. Eyton Jones, Bodfari, Clwyd, 1987, and later.

Note

Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided).

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Territorial Association records catalogue; Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth (http://www.regiments.org/default.htm), viewed 6 February 2004.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Territorial Association records catalogue; Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth (http://www.regiments.org/default.htm), viewed 6 February 2004.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Public records. May be copied without any need for a copyright form.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Flintshire Record Office have been retained.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected

Geographical Names