Royal Volunteer Review, Wimbledon Common

Royal Volunteer Review, Wimbledon Common

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Partial / Incomplete Date c.1798
Area Wimbledon Village
Picture Reference Wim_​17_​1-24
Original Format Painting
Notes / History Wimbledon Common has long been a location for military reviews. King George III came to Wimbledon several times to review troops on Wimbledon Common.

In 1797 England was at war with France and there was a threat of invasion. Volunteer forces were raised for the defence of the country and in Wimbledon two bodies of troops were raised: a regiment of infantry and a squadron of cavalry.

By 1799, when the Surrey Volunteers were reviewed by George III, they numbered 1,958 infantry and 676 cavalry.

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