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Title:Some notes on the Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve
Author:Charlton, PeterISNI
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
colonial forces
Military Science, Military Affairs
Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve
military service
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29778688
Abstract:The idea of forming a volunteer reserve in British Central Africa with the aim of providing a reserve force of trained marksmen for service in case of emergency was first promulgated in the Government Gazette which called for a meeting to be held on 17 October 1901 to form the 'British Central African Volunteer Reserve'. The Volunteer Reserve force of Nyasaland (Malawi) originally consisted of four units, Chiromo, Blantyre, Fort Johnston, and Zomba. In the beginning the Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve (NVR) was little more than a rifle club. Membership in January 1910 was recorded as being 140 members. At the outbreak of World War I, a considerable number of additional enlistments took place and the strength of the unit during the war varied from 300 to 370 men. This article deals with the NVR during the First World War. Special attention is given to the sections the corpse consisted of. Ref.