24 June 2014

Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry 1908-1914

This post will look at numbering in the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry between 1908 and 1914.

The majority of the men who joined the regiment in 1908 were former Imperial Yeoman, joining the newly constituted regiment with their old Imperial Yeomanry or indeed, pre Imperial Yeomanry numbers. For example, 523 Albert Hilton, born in Manchester around 1871 joined the regiment on the 8th April 1908 but his number dates to 3rd October 1895.

By 1914 the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry were headquartered at Lancaster House, Whalley Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, with its four squadrons disposed as follows:

A Squadron: Oldham, with a drill station at Rochdale
B Squadron: Bolton, with a drill station at Liverpool
C Squadron: Manchester
D Squadron: Preston, with a drill station at Blackpool

The regiment formed part of the Welsh Border Mounted Brigade which was administered from Shrewsbury.

2818 joined on 7th April 1909
2911 joined on 18th April 1910
2959 joined on 9th January 1911
3059 joined on 1st February 1912
3175 joined on 10th February 1913
3294 joined on 25th February 1914
3339 joined on 2nd August 1914
3634 joined on 7th October 1914
3874 joined on 16th December1914

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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