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Swagger stick, Royal Northern Reserve Regiment, 1900-1901 (swagger stick)
British School, (20th century) / British
National Army Museum, London
swagger stick
1900 (C20th)
Swagger stick, Royal Northern Reserve Regiment, 1900-1901. Wood with metal terminal inscribed with regimental badge and title. The Royal Reserve Regiments, established by order from Queen Victoria in 1900, recruited from a very specific pool of personnel consisting of time expired warrant officers, non- commission officers and other ranks, aged between 21 and 45. The units were formed to relieve the pressures on manpower within the Army caused by the Boer War (1899-1902). Recruits were required to enlist for one year's service and received a bounty of £22.00, the equivalent of £2570.65 in 2017. Unsurprisingly there were lots of veterans keen to sign up. By 1901, there were 17 battalions of infantry across ten Royal Reserve Regiments. The Royal Reserve Regiments fulfilled a mainly ceremonial role. For example, they provided the guard for Osborne House, the royal residence on the Isle of Wight. On 2 February 1901 personnel from the regiments helped line the route of the funeral procession of Queen Victoria. With the war in South Africa drawing to a close there was often not enough work to go around for the 29,000 personnel and so the Royal Reserve Regiments were disbanded in 1901.
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Bridgeman Images
equipment / other ranks / soldier / badge/ insignia
Dimension [pixels] Dimension in 300dpi [mm] File size [MB]
Large 5509 × 3172 px 466 × 269 mm 18 MB
Medium 1024 × 590 px 87 × 50 mm 0 MB
Small 600 × 345 px 51 × 29 mm 0 MB
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