Essex Territorial Soldiers


Essex has a long tradition of volunteer soldiers.

In 1881 a major reform took place which saw the 44th and 56th Regiments become the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the new Essex Regiment.

Another part of this reform was the formation of 4 Territorial battalions of the Essex Regiment from the Existing Militia Units.

Thus began the life of the Essex Regiment Territorial Army

The 8th Battalion was added in 1914 at the outbreak of war for home defence.

Click below to visit the menu page for each Battalion

4th Battalion Essex Regiment

5th Battalion Essex Regiment

6th Battalion Essex Regiment

7th Battalion Essex Regiment

8th Battalion (Cyclist) Essex Regiment 

Many militia men volunteered to serve in the Boer War alongside the 1st Essex or as part of other regiments.

Essex Volunteers serving with 1st Essex in Boer War