Topic: Militia - LHW - WA
Western Australian Militia
The following is an extract from the book written in 1962 by George F. Wieck called The Volunteer Movement in Western Australia 1861-1903, p. 55:
The York Infantry was gazetted on 20 February 1899 as a Volunteer corps and given an Establishment of 60 all ranks. Lieutenant W. D. Cowan was appointed to Command and was promoted to the rank of Captain as from 20 August 1898. For all practical purposes this corps was the old "York Infantry Volunteers" under a new name, the only noticeable difference being a reduction of the Establishment by 10 other ranks. Continuity was not broken.
When the W.A. Infantry Brigade was formed in 1900, the York Infantry became "D" Company of the 3rd Battalion thereof, with Captain W. D. Cowan Commanding the Battalion.
Disbandment of the York Infantry was ordered as from 27 March 1902, no specific reason being given.
Officers of the York InfantryCaptain WD Cowan, 20 August 1898
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Citation: The Volunteer Movement in Western Australia, York Infantry