Below we reproduce snippets from The London Times
relating to the Meath Militia
The Times, 12th Jan 1871 ~ How army expenditure is reduced
To the Editor: Sir,
They say sentry boxes are being sent from the far west of Canada to England, but nearer home the admirable control system is equally economical. An illustration of how this department manages things in Ireland, a party of the 40th regiment were sent from Navan to Kells for a few weeks, distance 10 miles. There is a General Order that these should be route-marching in heavy marching order twice weekly, the minimum distance being ten miles. Of course, the opportunity of throwing away taxpayers’ money could not be lost, so the party was ordered to proceed both journeys by rail. Next day they very likely would have to march the same distance in conformance with General Orders. What a boon if route - marching could in future be performed in a railway train.
One who does not throw away his money.
Navan Military Attending Mass
House of Commons Friday 4th June 1875
Mr. Parnell gave notice on Monday he would ask the Secretary for War whether he has any objection to lay on the table of the House the correspondence between the Rev. Hugh Behan, administrator of the parish of Navan, and Sir John Dillon, the officer commanding the Royal Meath Militia, on the subject of allowing attendance of the men at mass on the 6th and 27th May, being holydays on which they were bound to attend Divine service by the rules of the Catholic church. (5th June 1875)
House of Commons
Dr. Kenny asked the Secretary of State for War whether Dr. Richard Nicholls of Navan who was for over 17 years civil medical officer to the regular troops stationed in that town, and also for some years medical officer to the Meath Militia, had recently under some new regulation, been deprived of those appointments without compensation. (16th Aug 1889)
The Times, 21st Jan 1891
Sale of Greyhounds.... Barbican, London. Bidding was spirited for eight saplings, the property of Captain Percy Hope-Johnstone of Navan, Ireland.
The Times, 1st Oct 1900 ~ 5th Leinster Regiment.
Militia Disembodiement from Aldershot. 5th Leinster, Navan October 18.