In 1795 there is a record of a "Colonel John Henry Loft's Regiment" stationed here at Louth as a training unit. Some men from this unit saw service in Newfoundland, Canada, that year.
The Louth Rifle Volunteers, of the 2nd Lincolnshire, formed in 1859 and consisted of one company of about 80 members. In 1872, they drilled at the Corn Exchange. Officers in 1872 were: J. G. P. ISLES, Captain; William E. DITCHETT, Lieutenant; Lionel R. LUCAS, jnr., Ensign; Mr. Thomas W. WALLIS, Quartermaster Sergeant; and John FACER, Drill Instructor. They had a rifle range on the south side of town.
The Louth Artillery Volunteers, of the 3rd Lincolnshire, formed in 1860 and consisted of one battery of about 80 members. They formed part of the brigade whose head quarters were at Grimsby. Officers in 1872 were: Robert RANSHAW, Second Lieutenant; Sergeant George WEAVER, Drill Instructor.
A Territorial Force of the Army was stationed at Louth just prior to World War I. In addition to the 2nd Division Officers' Training Corps facility, the following were there in 1900:
- 4th Lincolnshire Battery, 1st Volunteer (Lincolnshire) Artillery, Western Division Royal Artillery.
- 3rd Volunteer Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, D Company.
Here is the Territorial Force in Louth in 1913:
- Lincolnshire Yeomanry, B Squadron.
- 3rd Lincolnshire Battery, 1st North Midland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
- 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, D Company.
Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Louth War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007.
To see the names from the Louth War memorial, click on the appropriate link below:
Louth was bombed in 1941. To see the details of the story, click on Louth, Feb. 1941.