2nd Royal Cheshire Militia

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The 2nd Royal Cheshire Militia was a militia infantry battalion raised in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England in 1853. Later linked to the regular Cheshire Regiment as its 4th (Militia) Battalion, the unit served in the Second Anglo-Boer War before disbandment in 1908.


2nd Royal Cheshire Militia Regimental Colours
2nd Royal Cheshire Militia Regimental Colours

History[edit]

  • 25 July 1853: 2nd Royal Cheshire Militia raised in Macclesfield.
  • 1 July 1881: Renamed 4th (Militia) Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.
  • February 1900: embodied and travelled to South Africa to fight in the Second Anglo-Boer War. Subsequently awarded battle honour South Africa 1900-'02.
  • 31 July 1908: Disbanded.

Commanding officers[edit]

The first commanding officer was Lieutenant-Colonel William Davenport Davenport, appointed 5 April 1853.[1] Following Davenport's death, he was succeeded by George Cornwall Legh MP on 20 March 1869.[2] On Legh's resignation Henry Brougham Loch was appointed lieutenant-colonel on 16 July 1873.[3] In June 1884 Loch, by now knighted and governor of Victoria, Australia, retired and was made honorary colonel of the battalion.[4] Cephas John Howard was promoted to lieutenant-colonel and commanding officer of the battalion in his place.[5] Howard resigned his commission in March 1888.[6] He was succeeded by Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Warren-Swettenham.[7][8] In February 1900 he was succeeded by Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Harrop Beck of Upton Priory, who commanded the unit during the Boer War and was made a Companion of the Bath in September 1901.[9] [10] Beck resigned his commission in August 1903.[11] The final commanding officer was Lieutenant-Colonel Henry M Nicholls, who was transferred to the unattached list when the battalion was disbanded in 1908.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 21431. p. 1100. 15 April 1853.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23483. p. 2007. 30 March 1869.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23998. p. 3335. 15 July 1873.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25362. p. 2483. 6 June 1884.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25377. p. 3271. 18 July 1884.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25799. p. 1781. 23 March 1888.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25815. p. 2698. 11 May 1888.
  8. ^ A C Fox-Davies (1905). Armorial Families, A Directory of Gentlemen of Coat-Aremour (5 ed.). T C & E C Jack. p. 1431. 
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27164. p. 1004. 13 February 1900.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27359. p. 6326. 27 September 1901.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27588. p. 5154. 14 August 1903.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28140. p. 3884. 26 may 1908.

References[edit]

  • Home, Robert (1978). Macclesfield as it was. Nelson, Lancashire: Hendon Publishing Co Ltd. ISBN 0-86067-032-5. 
  • Macclesfield Times (Reel 31a). 6 June 1940. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°15′13″N 2°08′13″W / 53.25357°N 2.136883°W / 53.25357; -2.136883