City Imperial Volunteers

The C I V, or City of London Imperial Volunteers to use its proper title, was created in 1900 at the instigation of the Lord Mayor of London.

To demonstrate London's contribution to the South African War he proposed to put in the field a regiment of 1,000 men drawn from volunteers from the London battalions of the Volunteer Force. The complement was later increased to 1,400. No battalion would provide more than 20 men and all costs would be met by the City Corporation, the City guilds and companies and by public subscription.

The following men with Lewisham connections served with the City Imperial Volunteers. All the names are taken from the memorial at Haberdasher Aske's school in New Cross.

F.R Cripps
A.R Gough
S.T.W Henshaw
E H Lloyd
G.L McDonnell
W G Smith
H Seyfang

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