For sale is a Pre WW1 3rd Batt Bedfordshire Regiment Embossed Crest Letter Head. This is in good condition and measures 3.75mm in diameter. This comes in a hard plastic wallet to protect it from damage.
About 3rd Batt Bedfordshire Regiment:
The unit that would become the 3rd Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment was originally formed as part of the Militia Act (1757) as the Bedfordshire Militia. The premise of the act was to form a semi professional military reserve that could be embodied during times of crisis and war, with Bedfordshire being one of the counties authorised to raise such a body of reserve troops.
The county Militia were mobilised during many periods of trouble in the tumultuous 18th and 19th centuries, with some elements even being sent abroad as reinforcements for other regiments. Small groups are recorded as having left for Flanders to take part in The Battle of Waterloo and during the Crimean War, albeit as reinforcements for other regiments. Other drafts were sent to join the 2nd Bedfordshires during the South African Wars of 1899 to 1902.
Under the Childers Reforms of 1881, the Bedfordshire Regiment's structure was altered to include two Militia battalions, being the Bedfordshire Light Infantry Militia and the Hertfordshire Militia. Haldane's reforms of 1908 saw another reorganisation, which included the Bedfordshire Light Infantry Militia becoming the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the regiment.
Unlike those who enlisted into the 'Special Reserve', Reservists had almost always completed a term of service in the Regulars as professional soldiers. Once transferred into the Reserves, they had part time obligations, including being liable to call up if the country needed them and their attendance at the annual training camps. Applications for battalion officers were strictly vetted and only the most upstanding gentlemen with appropriate standing, and with no trace of scandal or impropriety attached to their names were accepted, as the reputation of the battalion's officer cadre was closely guarded.
These will be sent via royal mail 1st class signed for and dispatched within two working days.