100th Anniversary of the Territorial Army

Today is also the 100th anniversary of the Territorial Army, (TA) the British army’s reserve forces.  Read more from BBC News

We’re not yet aware of any memorials to the Territorial Army as a whole, but there are several to specific units.  One of these is a plaque at the TA base in Farnham, Surrey, commemorating that town’s long association with the Territorial Army and some members who died during the Italian Campaign in the Second World War.

To celebrate the anniversary, here are a couple of ‘then and now’ photos.

British Territorial Army soldiers at summer camp, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

     

This first photo shows British soldiers, working in the horse lines at a Territorial Army summer camp, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.  The image is a rare autochrome colour photograph.

  

   

  

   

Territorial Army soldiers of the Royal Rifle Volunteers pose for the camera in front of Army Snatch Landrovers at ISAF Headquarters, Kabul, 2006

This second photo shows Territorial Army soldiers of the Royal Rifle Volunteers, posing for the camera in front of Army Snatch Landrovers at ISAF Headquarters, Kabul.  Deployed for six months on Force Protection duties in Afghanistan in 2006, this photo was taken shortly before they flew home.

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