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From the Glynde Parish Magazine, Sep 1897


It may interest some of our readers to record a few facts about our Volunteers. The official name of the corps to which they belong is the 1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteers, D Company. This Company originated about forty years ago at Lewes, when about seventy-five young men in the town enrolled. At the present time the full strength of the Company is 110. It has never been stronger than it is at present. It has an excellent band. About a year or so ago several young men from Glynde joined its ranks, and a Glynde squad was formed. This comprises at the present time about fifteen young men. There is a squad drill every week at the Trevor Arms (by kind permission of Mr F Beck) at 7 pm and company drills have to be attended at Lewes. Each recruit has to attend sixty drills during his first three years' service, and must attend the annual inspection, which usually takes place when the Company is in camp. Unless leave of absence is granted, a fine of 30s may be imposed on members who do not attend. The Company is at present under the command of Lieut. F St B Gregorie. The Drill Instructor is Sergt-Instructor Pryor. He is on duty every day at the headquarters of the corps, the Market Tower, Lewes. The Company is armed with the Lee-Mitford magazine rifle. The Annual Camp was held this year during the first week in July, at Warrington Camp, near Arundel, and most of the members of the Glynde Squad attended. The men arrived in camp on Saturday afternoon; the Annual Inspection took place on the following Friday; and the men dispersed to their homes on the Saturday after. The Annual Shooting Competition took place on Wednesday, the 18th August, and Private Robbins, from Glynde Mills, won the recruit cup. Several other Glynde men made good scores in the other competitions.

There was a full muster of all the members of the Company at the Church Parade at Lewes on the 22nd June, on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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