Lt Col Strutt’s Comission

Members of the Corps outside Belper North Mill. The original Belper Volunteers had strong connections with this enterprise. Their Lt/Col Commandant Joseph Strutt was one of the famous Strutt and Arkwright families who introduced the Industrial Revolution to the Derwent Valley.

By the most noble William Duke of Devonshire, Lord Lieutentant of the County of Derby. To Joseph Strutt Esq

By virtue of the power and authority to me given by a warrant from His Majesty under his Royal Signet ans sign manual bearing date the twenty second of May one thousand eight hundred and four. I the said William Duke of Devonshire do,in His Majesty's name, by these presents constitute appoint and commission you the said Joseph Strutt to be Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of the Belper Shottle and Holbrooke Battalion of Volunteer Infantry ,but not to take rank in the army except during the time of the said Battalions being called out into actual service, you are therefore to take the said Battalion into your care and charge and duly to exercise as well the officers as soldiers thereof in arms, and to use your best endeavours to keep them in good order and discipline, who are commanded in his Majesty's name to obey you as their Lieutenant Colonel Commandant, and you are to observe and follow such orders and directions from time to time as you shall receive from His Majesty, myself, my deputy lieutenants, or an of your superior officers according to the rules and disciplines of war in pursuance of the trust hereby reposed in you. Given under my hand and seal the thiry first day of October in the forty fourth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three.

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