10 June 2014
Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester's) 1908-1914
This post will look at numbering in the Cheshire Yeomanry (Earl of Chester's) between 1908 and 1914. The regiment can trace its history back to 1797 although our story begins in April 1908 when the newly named regiment started numbering from 1.
By August 1914 its disposition was as follows:
Headquarters: Old Bank Buildings, Chester.
A Squadron: Knutsford, with drill stations at Alderley Edge, Hale and Sale.
B Squadron: Eaton with drill stations at Chester, Farndon, Aldford, Pulford, Tattenhall and Kelsall.
C Squadron: Northwich, with drill stations at Great Budworth, Appleton, Warburton, Nantwich, Winsford, Middlewich, Taporley and Crewe.
D Squadron: Macclesfield with drill stations at Congleton, Stockport and Adlington.
The Cheshire Yeomanry formed part of the Welsh Border Mounted Brigade.
404 joined on 11th December 1908
425 joined on 16th February 1909
582 joined on 2nd February 1910
668 joined on 20th February 1911
722 joined on 4th January 1912
844 joined on 2nd February 1913
928 joined on 1st January 1914
989 joined on 9th August 1914
A 2/1st regiment was formed in September 1914 as a second-line unit to train and supply men to the 1/1st Battalion, and a 3/1st unit would be formed in 1915. The three formations all shared the same number sequence.
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