REDCAR – North York Rifle Volunteers Race Course
Accreditation The Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 21/06/1884.
NORTH YORK RIFLE VOLUNTEERS
On Saturday (14/06) the North York Rifle Volunteers arrived at Redcar for eight days encampment on the racecourse. The men came from Northallerton, Thirsk, Catterick, Bedale, Leyburn, Wensleydale, Richmond, Stokesley, Guisborough and Skelton, each company with its own officers; the whole numbering between 700 and 800, commanded by Colonel Godman, of Smeaton Manor, Northallerton.
The race course is dry and in excellent condition for the encampment. On Sunday forenoon the whole regiment marched to Coatham Church, headed by the band. Divine Service was held after the usual congregation had left, conducted by the Chaplin, the Rev. T. Holmes. The offertory (£2-4s-9d.) was handed over to the North Ormesby Cottage Hospital.
The bearing of the men was smart, and soldier like. The march to and from the church was witnesses by a large number of spectators.
This is the third year the battalion has encamped at Redcar, so that most of the men have become inured to camp life.
dean November 28, 2011 Redcar