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. 51:
The "Plantagenet Rifles" was Gazetted on 6 May 1899, its predecessor having been disbanded. When that disbandment was decreed all arms etc. were ordered to be returned to store, and the hope was expressed that members would tom the new corps, Captain L. V. de Hamel was appointed to Command and he had with him an experienced aide in Lieutenant J. Moir, who had been a member of both previous bodies. From 21 March 1893 to 28 March 1894 the functions of Command were vested in the Officer Commanding Permanent Forces, Captain de Hamel having resigned as from 21 March 1893.
There being insufficient gunners of the Permanent Forces at Albany to properly "man" the guns of the Fixed Defences many members of the Plantagenet Rifles volunteered to receive training qualifying them as relief gunners.
The corps strength was 63 in 1889, 31 in 1892, 41 in 1895. Disbandment of the corps was gazetted on 29 April 1897, no reason being stated.
Officers of the Plantagenet RiflesCaptain LV de Hamel, 14 March 1888
Lieutenant J Moir, 14 March 1888
Second Lieutenant E Holland, 31 December 1899
Lieutenant ESP Troode, 14 June 1893
Captain F Clare, 28 March 1894
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Citation: The Volunteer Movement in Western Australia, Plantagenet Rifles