Volunteer Battalions 1916 to 1920

Army Orders were issued on 19 June 1916 to allow the formation of Volunteer Battalions under the terms of the Volunteer Act of 1863 which had been suspended in 1907 with the formation of the Territorial Army.

Essex at once offered to form five Battalions with more to follow.

The Battalions operated in similar fashion to the old Volunteer Battalions.

These Battalions served throughout the Great War and were still in place at the start of the Second World War in 1939.

1918 Roll Call for 3/2nd Essex Volunteer Battalion February 1918