Lanarkshire Yeomanry

Please note that this is s different regiment to the¬†Lanarkshire (Queen’s Own Royal Glasgow and Lower Ward of Lanarkshire) Yeomanry


Regimental headquarters and “B” Squadron in Lanark; “A” Squadron in Douglas; “C” in Coatbridge; “D” in Dumfries.

1/1st Lanarkshire Yeomanry

  • Formed in April 1908 for the Territorial Force, the regiment was under command of the Lowland Mounted Brigade.
  • On completing mobilisation it August 1914 it moved to Coupar.
  • Now dismounted the regiment sailed for Gallipoli in September 1915 and landed at Cape Helles on 11 October 1915. It now came under command of the 52nd (Lowland) Division.
  • After being evacuated from Gallipoli in late 1915 the regiment went via Mudros (a port on the island of Lemnos) to Egypt, arriving 7 February 1916. It now came under orders of the 1st Dismounted Brigade.
  • On 16 October 1916 the brigade was broken up and the regiment went to the 2nd Dismounted Brigade.
  • The regiment merged with the Ayrshire Yeomanry to form the 12th (Ayr and Lanark) Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers on 4 January 1917. This new unit came under orders of 229th Infantry Brigade in 74th (Yeomanry) Division.
  • The regiment went to France with the rest of the Division in May 1918.
  • On 21 June 1918 the regiment was transferred to 94th Infantry Brigade of the 31st Division.

2/1st Lanarkshire Yeomanry

  • Formed in September 1914 as a “second line” (training, draft-supplying reserve) for the 1/1st. Came under orders of the 2/1st Lowland Mounted Brigade.
  • Brigade renamed as 20th Mounted Brigade and was by now at Dunbar.
  • In July 1916 the regiment was converted to become a cyclist unit and came under the 13th Cyclist Brigade.
  • The brigade was renamed as the 9th Cyclist Brigade in November 1916 and was still at Dunbar.
  • In May 1918 the brigade moved to Ireland and was based at Londonderry.

3/1st Lanarkshire Yeomanry

Formed in 1915 as a “third line” (training, draft-supplying reserve for the 1/1st and 2/1st) and was affiliated to a Reserve Regiment of Cavalry at Aldershot. Moved to Perth in June 1916. Early in 1917 the 3/1st was disbanded and the men posted to the 2/1st Lanarkshire Yeomanry and the 5th Reserve Battalion of the Scottish Rifles.


Other regiments of Yeomanry

52nd (Lowland) Division

Dismounted Brigades in Egypt

Royal Scots Fusiliers

74th (Yeomanry) Division

31st Division

Reserve Regiments of Cavalry