Author Archives: Ben Townsend

The Curious Coat of Wm Hassell of the Royal Bristol Volunteers

I recently had the opportunity to examine some coats belonging to the Bristol Volunteers of 1798-1802 and 1804-14. Like the other Napoleonic volunteer units which formed a sort of home guard for Britain during the French revolutionary and later Napoleonic wars, this regiment had a brief existence. Which makes the survival, of not one, but five […]