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Yeomanry

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In the 1790s, the threat of invasion of England was high, with the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. In order to maximise the country's defences, a number of volunteer regiments were raised in many counties by yeomen. These regiments became known as the Yeomanry.

While this was certainly true in most cases it was also the fact that the new regiments were sometimes used to in support of the civil authority to suppress civil unrest — so their equipping and maintainance by local landowners may not have been entirely altruistic in post-revolutionary, but pre-police, England.

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Current Yeomanry Regiments

Today, in the modern Territorial Army, there are many of the old Yeomanry regiments serving in one form or another, usually as a squadron/battery that is part of a larger regiment:

Infantry

51st Highland Regiment

  • Lovat Scouts

Royal Armoured Corps

Queen's Own Yeomanry

  • Ayrshire (Earl of Carrick's Own) Yeomanry
  • Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse
  • North Irish Horse
  • Northumberland Hussars

Royal Yeomanry

  • Inns of Court and City Yeomanry
  • Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry
  • Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry
  • Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (Prince of Wales's Own)
  • Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry
  • Westminster Dragoons

Royal Wessex Yeomanry

  • Dorset Yeomanry
  • Royal Devon Yeomanry
  • Royal Gloucestershire Hussars
  • Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (Prince of Wales's Own)

Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry

  • Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester's)
  • Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry
  • Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry
  • Shropshire Yeomanry

Royal Signals

Independent Squadrons

  • Berkshire Yeomanry
  • Buckinghamshire Yeomanry (Royal Bucks Hussars)

32 (Scottish) Signal Regiment

  • Lanarkshire and Glasgow Yeomanry

33 (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment

  • Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester's)

35 (South Midlands) Signal Regiment

  • Shropshire Yeomanry

37 (Wessex and Welsh) Signal Regiment

  • Queen's Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry

39 (Skinners) Signal Regiment

  • Middlesex Yeomanry (Duke of Cambridge's Hussars)
  • North Somerset Yeomanry
  • Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars

40 (Ulster) Signal Regiment

  • North Irish Horse

71 (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment

  • Essex Yeomanry
  • Inns of Court and City Yeomanry
  • Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry

Royal Artillery

100 Regiment

  • Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry
  • South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry

104 Regiment

  • Glamorgan Yeomanry

106 (Yeomanry) Regiment

  • Hampshire Yeomanry (Carabiniers)
  • Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry

Royal Engineers

101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment

  • Surrey Yeomanry (Queen Mary's Regiment)

Royal Logistic Corps

157 Transport Regiment

  • Pembroke Yeomanry

Army Medical Services

  • First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal's Volunteer Corps)

Yeomanry Regiments with more than one unit

Most of the old yeomanry regiments are perpetuated through a single unit, be it an armoured, engineers or signal squadron, or an artillery battery. However, there are six yeomanry regiments that maintain a pair of units:

  • Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester's)
    • Armoured Replacement Squadron
    • Signals Squadron
  • Inns of Court and City Yeomanry
    • Signals Squadron
    • Regimental Band
  • Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry
    • Armoured Replacement Squadron
    • Signals Squadron
  • North Irish Horse
    • Armoured Reconnaissance Squadron
    • Signals Squadron
  • Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry
    • NBC Squadron
    • Armoured Replacement Squadron
  • Shropshire Yeomanry
    • Armoured Replacement Squadron
    • Signals Squadron

See also

Imperial Yeomanry
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