Victorian Other Ranks 1855 Pattern, 19th Lambeth Surrey Rifle Volunteers Shako Plate.
A fine die pressed 19th Lambeth Surrey rifle volunteers shako plate. The plate is of a blackened brass example of an eight pointed star with the topmost point displaced by a Victoria crown. The star is surmounted with a circlet which is inscribed “Surrey Rifle Volunteers” and to the centre is a strung bugle with Roman numerals “XIX” between the strings. A very nice example of a 19th Lambeth Surrey rifle volunteers shako plate. There are two horizontal fixing loops to the reverse.
19th Lambeth Surrey Rifle Volunteers: Raised on the 13th of March 1860. at Lambeth, South London and redesignated the 7th battalion on the 3rd. of September 1880. with their headquarters at New Street, Kennington Park. They were re-numbered the 8th only four days later. They Became a Volunteer Battalion of the Royal West Surrey Regiment on Friday the 1st of July 1881. Re-designated as the 4th Volunteer Battalion on the 1st of March 1883. In 1900, many members from the battalion served in the Boer War with a Volunteer Company of the City of London Imperial Volunteers. In April of 1903. the 4th Volunteer Battalion transferred to the Territorial Force as the 24th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (The Queen’s). The 1st/24th served throughout the Great War on the Western Front. The 2nd/24th in France, Salonika and the Middle East. A Victoria Cross was awarded to Lance Corporal L.J. Keyworth, 1st/24th, for bravery on the night of 25th-26th. of May 1915, at Givenchy. In 1937 the 24th battalion became the 7th (Southwark) Battalion, The Queen’s Royal Regiment. During world war two both the 1st battalion and the 2nd battalion fought in France, Belgium, North Africa, Italy and North West Europe. 19th Lambeth Surrey rifle volunteers shako plate.