24 June 2014

Staffordshire Yeomanry (Queen's Own Royal Regiment) 1908-1914

The Staffordshire Yeomanry did not start numbering from 1 in 1908 but instead continued with the numbering sequence it had been using when it was the Staffordshire Imperial Yeomanry. Lionel Bates was given the number 2074 when he joined the regiment in May 1908. This though, was the number he'd been given when he joined the Staffordshire Imperial Yeomanry on the 16th November 1907.

By 1914 the regiment was headquartered at Bailey Street, Stafford, with its four squadrons disposed as follows:

A Squadron: Walsall, with drill stations at West Bromwich, Tamworth, Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield
B Squadron: Stoke-on-Trent, with drill stations at Stafford, Leek, Cannock and Newcatle-under-Lyme
C Squadron: Burton-on-Trent, with a drill station at Uttoxeter
D Squadron: Wolverhampton, with a drill station at Himley

The regiment formed part of the North Midland Mounted Brigade which was administered from Leicester.

2367 joined on 2nd September 1909
2394 joined on 27th January 1910
2476 joined on 7th January 1911
2617 joined on 2nd April 1912
2684 joined on 9th January 1913
2835 joined on 27th March 1914
2847 joined on 5th August 1914
2949 joined on 21st September 1914

Two reserve units, the 2/1st and 3/1st, were formed during the First World War and both drew their numbers from the same series above.

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