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CITY OF LONDON IMPERIAL VOLUNTEERS

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/528
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Full title: CITY OF LONDON IMPERIAL VOLUNTEERS
Date(s): 1899-1956
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 23 production units.
Name of creator(s): City of London Imperial Volunteers | Corporation of London

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The City Imperial Volunteers (as they are usually known) or C.I.V. were raised by the Lord Mayor in December 1899 to fight in the Boer War in South Africa. Donations were received from City Livery Companies, bankers and City and West End firms.

Recruits, who were aged between 20 and 30, enlisted for one year. They were all granted the Freedom of the City of London and embarked for South Africa on 13, 20 and 29 January 1900 with another draft in July 1900. They returned home in October 1900 and were disbanded.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the City of London Imperial Volunteers comprising nominal rolls, pay lists, communications, minutes, correspondence and other papers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

The records have been sorted into an order which reflects divisions between the different functions and operations of the organisation and its administration.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records held are almost all (Mss 10190-208) of the regimental depot at Guildhall. They were probably amongst those records deposited in Guildhall by the C.I.V. in 1901, which are listed in Ms 12208. Few seem to have survived. They may have been stored in the same room as the regimental mementoes which were lost in the air raid of 29 December 1940. They were catalogued by Guildhall Library staff in 1959. The other records of the C.I.V. held here (Mss 30650-1) were deposited by the Inns of Court and City Yeomanry who provided mounted infantry recruits for the C.I.V. They were catalogued by Guildhall Library staff in 1996.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also CLA/051, CLC/521 and CLC/446.


Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
June to August 2010.

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