The army first originated in the year about AD 1860 all engagements within this period being co-jointly with troops; or army or armies (being allies or enemies as the case may have been) serving under H[erbert] Keef[brother], A[lice] Keef [mother], and J Arrowsmith; no conflicts at this period have been chronicled and as 500 men was the maximum ever obtained by the 3 armies united they were them, not of such a class to cope with those forces of more destructive warfare of the later day Army; no ammunition, and being used they were then neither so grand or so bloody.
Representations of battles gone by as Waterloo + Sevastopol were most frequently practised.
In September 1878 the remaining portion of the original army of Keef stood as follows:
20th Foot, 21st Foot, 22nd Foot, 24th Foot, 25th Foot, 26th Foot. Also the ensigns of the 42nd and 93rd Foot
The 11th Hussars is all that remains of the army of H Keef.
The 8th, 9th and 33rd Regiments of Foot, a captain in the Horse Artillery Battery A, Troop 1, are veterans from J Arrowsmith’s army, enrolled about 1869.