1809 Surry Militia Officers button

Early spelling of Surrey the county

Originally instituted for home defence, the Militia, continuing the tradition of the feudal levies and later the trained bands, developed into a reserve for the Regular Army. Towards the end of the Napoleonic War, the Local Militia was established to augment the Regular Militia. The 4th and 5th Surrey Local Militia was formed in 1813 and disbanded in 1816.