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The Nineteenth Century:
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A large force of volunteer infantry was raised in Derbyshire during 1803. It was maintained for five years.
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Roll I. Militia (Old and Supplementary)

- Names of Commisioned officers and of persons willing to serve as commissioned, who registered their qualification with the Clerk of the Peace'[1, 2].
Pursuant to the 42 George III., Cap. 90.

1809. 28th March - George NUTTALL Captain.

Matlock, Dethick and Lea Volunteers, 1803

This company form part of the Wirksworth Battalion[1, 3]

Name of Corps - Matlock, Dethick and Lea Volunteers
Place in which they are raised - Matlock, Dethick and Lea
No. of Companies - 1
Effective Rank and File - 60

Column Headings:
Date of His Majesty's acceptance and approbation/ Officer's names/ Rank/ Dates of Commission/ Remarks
30th Sep., 1803 George HODGKINSON Captain - -
John LEEDHAM Lieutenant - -
George NUTTALL Ensign - -
Wirksworth Battalion

The information below is included as it contains some Matlock names, although the abode of each person is not clear from the list.[1, 4]

Name of Corps - Wirksworth Battalion
Place in which they are raised - Wirksworth and Matlock
No. of Companies - 4
Effective Rank and File - 240

Column Headings:
Date of His Majesty's acceptance and approbation/ Officer's names/ Rank/ Dates of Commission/ Remarks
18th June, 1804 Charles HURT Lieut.-Colonel 18th June, 1804  
18th June, 1804 Francis HURT Major 18th June, 1804  
30th Sep., 1803 John TOPLIS Captain 30th Sep., 1803  
30th Sep., 1803 Peter ARKWRIGHT Captain 30th Sep., 1803  
  George HODGKINSON Captain   Resigned
8th Apr., 1805 Robert BLACKWELL Captain 19th Apr., 1805 Vice HODGKINSON resigned.
18 June, 1804 John BLACKWELL Captain   Vice HURT promoted.
18 June, 1804 Robert BLACKWELL Lieutenant   Promoted.
30th Sep., 1803 Rickards INCE Lieutenant 30th Sep., 1803  
30th Sep., 1803 James SWEETNAM Lieutenant 30th Sep., 1803 Promoted.
30th Sep., 1803 John LEEDHAM Lieutenant   Resigned.
8th Apr., 1805 Ralph TOPLIS Lieutenant 19th Apr., 1805 Vice BLACKWELL Promoted
8th Apr., 1805 Charles WRIGHT Lieutenant 19th Apr., 1805 Vice LEEDHAM resigned.
12th Mar., 1808 George James EATON Lieutenant 11th May, 1808  
12th Mar., 1808 Thomas HALL Lieutenant 11th May, 1808  
6th May, 1808 Jasper WAGER Lieutenant 11th May, 1808  
12th Mar., 1808 William BRADSHAW Ensign 4th May, 1808  
12th Mar., 1808 Thomas SMEDLEY Ensign 11th May, 1808  
6th May, 1808 Chas. JOHNSON Ensign 11th May, 1808  
6th May, 1808 Ralph TOPLIS Ensign   Promoted.
30th Sep., 1803 George James EATON Ensign 30th Sep., 1803  
30th Sep., 1803 Charles WRIGHT Ensign   Promoted.
30th Sep., 1803 George NUTTALL Ensign   Resigned.
8th Apr., 1805 Thomas HALL Ensign 19th Apr., 1805 Vice Nuttall resigned (promoted).
8th Apr., 1805 Edmund HODGKINSON Ensign   Vice WRIGHT promoted.
4th July, 1805 Jasper WAGER Ensign 26th Dec., 1805 Vice TOPLIS promoted.
Promoted.
    STAFF.    
4th July, 1805 J. CHALLONER Chaplain 26th Dec., 1805  
4th July, 1805 T. BRACE Surgeon 26th Dec., 1805  

[1] All above have been extracted from: "Three Centuries of Derbyshire Annals, an Illustrated by the Records of the Quarter Sessions of the County of Derby from Queen Elizabeth to Queen Victoria", Rev. Charles J. Cox, LL.D., F.S.A Vol I. (1890) pub. London: Bemrose and Sons, 23 Old Bailey; and Derby. (Researched by Ann Andrews, January 2000)
[2] From: Appendix III pp.399-401
[3] From: Appendix IV pp. 402 - 418
[4] From: Appendix IV pp. 402 - 418