14 January 2017

Shropshire Yeomanry enlistments 1908-1914


This post will look at numbering in the Shropshire Yeomanry between April 1908 and October 1914. The regiment can trace its history back to the French Wars with the raising of the Wellington Troop in 1795.

By August 1914 its disposition was as follows:

Headquarters: 

Shrewsbury
A Squadron: 

Shrewsbury, with drill stations at Baschurch, Pontesbury, Pulverbeach and Wem.
B Squadron: 

Oswestry, with drill stations at Whitchurch and Ellesmere.
C Squadron: 

Ludlow, with drill stations at Craven Arms, Ross, Hereford, Leominster, Tenbury and Kington.
D Squadron: 

Wellington, with drill stations at Much Wenlock, Shifnal, Market Drayton, Newport and Bridgnorth

The Shropshire Yeomanry formed part of the Welsh Border Mounted Brigade. 

923 Alfred Jones joined on 22nd April 1908
1256 Albert Beaton joined on 6th February 1909
1365 Wilfred Weaver joined on 1st January 1910
1485 John Frank Martin joined on 27th March 1911
1580 J H Thomas joined on 2nd April 1912
1639 George William Johnson joined on 5th March 1913
1721 Thomas Sydney Preston joined on 9th March 1914
1732 John Frederick Downes joined on 5th August 1914

1836 Thomas Beech joined on 14th September 1914
1987 Robert William Bach joined on 2nd October 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 May 1915. Read more about the Shropshire Yeomanry on The Long, Long Trail website. The three formations all shared the same number sequence. 

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