The British Yeomanry regiments of 1914-1918

This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the war history of the regiments of the British Yeomanry.

The Yeomanry was the mounted arm of the Territorial Force; a part-time version of the cavalry which was established in 1908 but drawing upon militia and volunteer units dating back many decades. You can trace the history and affiliations of every British Yeomanry unit on the Long, Long Trail.

The basis of the detail shown in the pages linked below is the excellent work in Brigadier E. A. James “British regiments 1914-1918” (Samson Books, 1978) with corrections and additions by Chris Baker. These are mainly derived from regimental war diaries and published regimental histories.

Regiments

Click on the name of the regiment to see more about its history and composition.

Regiments by alphabetRegiments in army precedence order (seniority)
AyrshireRoyal Wiltshire
BedfordshireWarwickshire
BerkshireYorkshire Hussars
BuckinghamshireNottinghamshire
CheshireStaffordshire
DenbighshireShropshire
DerbyshireAyrshire
Royal 1st DevonshireCheshire
Royal North DevonYorkshire Dragoons
DorsetLeicestershire
EssexNorth Somerset
Fife and ForfarDuke of Lancaster's Own
GlamorganLanarkshire
GlasgowNorthumberland
GloucestershireSouth Nottinghamshire Hussars
HampshireDenbighshire
HertfordshireWestmorland and Cumberland
Royal East KentPembroke
West KentRoyal East Kent
LanarkshireHampshire
Lancashire HussarsBuckinghamshire
Duke of Lancaster's OwnDerbyshire
LeicestershireDorset
LincolnshireGloucestershire
City of London (Rough Riders)Hertfordshire
1st County of LondonĀ (Middlesex Hussars)Berkshire
2nd County of London (Westminster Dragoons)1st County of LondonĀ (Middlesex Hussars)
3rd County of London (Sharpshooters)Royal 1st Devonshire
Lothians and BorderSuffolk
1st Lovat ScoutsRoyal North Devon
2nd Lovat ScoutsWorcestershire
MontgomeryshireWest Kent
NorfolkWest Somerset
NorthamptonshireOxfordshire
NorthumberlandMontgomeryshire
NottinghamshireLothians and Border
South Nottinghamshire HussarsLanarkshire
OxfordshireLancashire Hussars
PembrokeSurrey
Scottish HorseFife and Forfar
ShropshireNorfolk
North SomersetSussex
West SomersetGlamorgan
StaffordshireWelsh Horse
SuffolkLincolnshire
SurreyCity of London (Rough Riders)
Sussex2nd County of London (Westminster Dragoons)
Warwickshire3rd County of London (Sharpshooters)
Welsh HorseBedfordshire
Westmorland and CumberlandEssex
Royal WiltshireNorthamptonshire
WorcestershireEast Riding of Yorkshire
Yorkshire Dragoons1st Lovat Scouts
Yorkshire Hussars2nd Lovat Scouts
East Riding of YorkshireScottish Horse

Links

The Mounted Brigades

Reorganisation of Yeomanry at home, 1917

Books