Victorian Officer’s 1878 Green Cloth Home Service Pattern, 1st Fifeshire Rifle Volunteer Corps Helmet Plate.
A fine and scarce 1st Fifeshire Rifle Volunteer Corps Helmet Plate. A silvered example being of a Victoria crowned eight pointed star back plate mounted with a laurel wreath and strap inscribed “1st Fifeshire Rifle Volunteer Corps”. The centre has the Thane of Fife on a rich black velvet backing. A nice clean example of a 1st Fifeshire Rifle Volunteer Corps Helmet Plate. There are three fixing loops to the reverse.
The Volunteer Force: was a citizen army of part-time rifle, artillery and engineer corps, created as a popular movement throughout the British Empire in 1859. Originally highly autonomous, the units of volunteers became increasingly integrated with the British Army after the Childers Reforms in 1881. before forming part of the Territorial Force in 1908. Most of the regiments of the present Territorial Army Infantry, Artillery, Engineers and Signals units are directly descended from Volunteer Force units. On 12 May 1859. the Secretary of State for War, Jonathan Peel issued a circular letter to lieutenants of counties in England, Wales and Scotland, authorising the formation of volunteer rifle corps (VRC, a.k.a. corps of rifle volunteers and rifle volunteer corps). 1st Fifeshire Rifle Volunteer Corps Helmet Plate.
1st Fifeshire Rifle Volunteer Corps: became a Volunteer Battalion of the Black Watch in 1881. redesignated 6th (Perthshire) Volunteer Battalion Black Watch in 1887. The 1st Administrative Battalion Fifeshire Rifle Volunteers had their headquarters at St.Andrews. It was formed the 21st of September 1860. From 1861. till 1873. the 1st Kinross Corps was attached to the battalion. In 1887. the title of the 6th (Fifeshire) Volunteer Battalion. The Black Watch was assumed. In 1900-01. the battalion made some changes as numbers had decreased in Cupar and increased in Kirkaldy and Dunfermline. 1st Fifeshire Rifle Volunteer Corps Helmet Plate
Very Good Condition. this 1st Fifeshire Rifle Volunteer Corps Helmet Plate has some slight polishing of the high spots on the thane of fife.