History of Legion of Frontiersmen

Originally our founder Captain Roger Pocock came up with the name “The League of Frontiersmen”, however the name was changed to “The Legion of Frontiersmen” and has stuck ever since.

Many different branches (or corps) of the Legion has sprung up over the life of the Legion and have taken various forms of the name:
e.g.
Legion of Frontiersmen,
Legion of Frontiersmen of the Commonwealth,
Imperial Overseas Legion of Frontiersmen,
Corps of Imperial Frontiersmen,
Legion Of Frontiersmen, Canadian Division
Legion Of Frontiersmen, European Command
Legion Of Frontiersmen, Independent Overseas Command
Legion of Horse Command of the Americas

All of these Commands are members of the greater family known as the Legion. The word “Legion” has an ancient Roman connotation being “a unit in the ancient Roman army on infantry with supporting cavalry of three to six thousand men.”

Even this title itself had a meaning that would not have been obvious. The Roman Army when first formed around 390BC was composed only of farmers and civilians who owned land hence the term “Legio” (Legion) which means chosen or picked. These early Roman Civilian /Soldiers provided their own weapons, equipment and body armour.

Over time the Legion evolved into a professional force with 6,000 men in a Legion (this being equal to a Regiment). Each Legion was made up of 10 “Cohorts” with 600 men in a Cohort (this being equal to a Battalion). Each Cohort was made up of 6 “Centuries” a centurie being 100 men (this being equal to a Company).

The Frontiersmen used a title for their organisation that was both innocuous enough to mask their early intelligence gathering role yet at the same time meant in effect a body of civilian/soldiers whom armed and equipped themselves and were organised along military lines.

However different the names all groups share the same founder and history.The very nature of the Frontiersmen is best described by Kipling’s “The Lost Legion”.