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C Company history

C Company has its headquarters in Balham. The company can trace its descent to Bloomsbury in 1859 where Thomas Hughes, a philanthropist and founder of the Working Mens' College, formed a Company of Volunteers.

Inevitably they were known as the Thomas Hughes Company or the Working Men's College Corps since the students worked by day and studied in the evenings. At this time Balham was a small village, whilst Wimbledon Common was used as a Rifle Range, as it was by many volunteer units.

Corps changed in form and like so many other volunteers the Bloomsbury Company provided many soldiers who joined the Regular Battalions to fight in South Africa at the end of the nineteenth century.

After the Haldane reforms in 1908, the Fusiliers were designated Special regiments (as were the Middlesex, Northumberland Fusiliers, Royal Fusiliers and Rifle Brigade) which meant they could recruit strongly enough to support not just a second battalion but also a third and fourth. The Volunteers formed the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions of the London Regiment and were designated a "Solid Brigade", that is one formed entirely from a single Regiment. By 1916 however, shortage of manpower determined a reduction in Brigade strength from four battalions to three and each battalion was divided to form a second-line battalion. The battalions served in France, Flanders and Gallipoli.

In 1919 the battalions reverted to peacetime establishment becoming the Royal Fusiliers in 1937. The second line battalions had been disbanded and camp attendance tended to be so poor that officers frequently had to carry out tent party duties.

In the 1930's the effects of the Depression caused the move to Balham from Handel St, Bloomsbury to form the 2nd (City of London) Battalion Royal Fusiliers City of London Regiment.

The Volunteers formed the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Battalions in the Second World War serving initially in Persia, Iraq and the Gulf, and then the Middle East, North Africa and Italy.

The Volunteers formed the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Battalions in the Second World War serving initially in Persia, Iraq and the Gulf, and then the Middle East, North Africa and Italy.

After the 23rd April 1968 change of title to C (City of London) Company, The Fusiliers Volunteers, with other companies in Warwickshire, Northumberland and Lancashire, the company became C Company 5th (Volunteer) Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers a year later, with headquarters in Coventry.

In 1988 C Company joined 8th (Volunteer) Battalion The Queen's Fusiliers on its formation as one of three rifle companies and is now titled C (City of London Fusiliers) Company, The London Regiment.

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