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 In June 1859, the volunteers had thier headquarters at the Commercial Inn  Stacksteads. Rumours were rife at this time of an invasion of England by France and  Tennyson's well known song "Riflemen form" aroused the military ardour of men  across the country including the Rossendale Valley. At this time there was no lack of  officers Major Munn joined on the 16th June and resigned December 1864. Captain  John Aitken of Ellor Bank, 16th June 1859. Ensign Edward Ashworth 16th June 1859  Paymaster Henry Lord 16th June 1859 Resigned May 1863 Mr Lord was the  surgeon for Boothfold.  Capt Sevetus Aitken 18th June 1859 Resigned 4th August  1862. Surgeon Major Dr Whitaker  18th June 1859. Lieut Samuel Hall 18th June  1859. Sergt John Aitken 18th June 1859 resigned Dec 1863. Sergt J.A.Campbell  Junre 1859 resigned May 1863 later dying in Sheffield. Corporal Zebuluu Willis 16th  June 1859 Resigned Oct 1861. Corporal Parkinson June 1859 Resigned March  1862, Corporal George H Robinson July 1859 Resigned October 1861, Corporal  David Moorey June 1859 Resigned October 1861  later he was killed at the Queens  Hotel Bacup. The company stayed at the Commercial for a good number of years  until it moved to Rockliffe Mill, Bacup, later in 1896 they moved to Sutcliffes Corn Mill  in Yorkshire Street, Bacup.    In 1881 the name changed to 3rd LRV they in turn became the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, the East Lancashire Regiment in 1890 and by 1908  the name had changed again to H Company the 5th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. In 1908, the volunteers were at last recognized by  the regular army. By 1913 the Drill Hall at Commercial Street Stacksteads had been built and a new name came into being The Territorials.   One member of the 4th company of the 1st Battalion of the Lancashire Rifle Volunteers was a man by the name of Henry Rogers. Henry  was a Sergeant Instructor who served with the 49th foot regiment throughout the Crimean War. He took part in the battles of Alma and  Inkerman being severely wounded in the latter. On the 2nd February 1855 his commanding officer recommended that he receive the DCM  for his conduct in the field. Henry died on the 19th December 1866 aged just 43 his gravestone of two crossed sabers in Fairwall Cemetery  was erected by the officers and men of the Rossendale Company 2nd Volunteer Battalion East Lancashire  Regiment to perpetuate his memory.  In June 1901 after an absence of 16 months in South Africa the members of the active service company of  the 2nd V.B. East Lancashire Regiment returned to a warm welcome at Stacksteads Station. The returning  volunteers being Sgt Benson, Sgt Townsend, Lance Sgt Lonsdale, Corporal Day, Privates Walsh, Nicholas,  Young, Carmalt, Fielding and Law, Captain Hoyle in charge of the Volunteers. The company was engaged  in very little fighting for the most part the men were involved in guarding the lines of communication and  undertaking police and other civil duties in and around Johannesburg. 
Territorials at Klip River. Stacksteads drill hall on Commercial Street. The grave of Henry Rogers in Bacup Cemetery.