24 June 2014

2nd Scottish Horse 1908-1914

I have considerable gaps in my database for this regiment which I'll fill as and when more information comes to light.

The Scottish Horse were raised for the Boer War and fought as one regiment during that conflict. It was comprised of volunteers from Australia, Scotland and South Africa. By 1908 it had expanded into two regiments: The 1st Scottish Horse and the 2nd Scottish Horse, with the 2nd Scottish Horse spread across the counties of Aberdeenshire, Argyllshire, Elgin and Nairn and disposed as follows:

Headquarters: Aberdeen
A Squadron: Elgin
B Squadron: Kintore
C Squadron: Aberdeen
D Squadron: Connell

Numbering in this regiment is complex and there appear to have been at least threes series - and possibly four - in use at the same time. This is not uncommon for those regiments which would have been administered by more than one County Association

Although there is a lot of guesswork on my behalf at this point in time, it would appear that :

a) numbers did not start from 1 in 1908 but continued with the numbering sequence that had been in use in Imperial Yeomanry days
b) numbers up to 2000 were used for men from Aberdeenshire
c) numbers between 2001 and 4000 were allocated to men from the City of Aberdeen

I also have numbers in the 4000+ range which, pre August 1914, appear to have been issued to men from Argyll.

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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