24 June 2014

North Somerset Yeomanry 1908-1914

This post will look at numbering in the North Somerset Yeomanry between 1908 and 1914.

The regiment was originally raised as the North Somerset Yeomanry Cavalry in 1814.  As the North Somerset Yeomanry it started numbering from 1 in 1908, albeit the majority of the men who attested that year had seen prior service with the Imperial Yeomanry.

By 1914 the regiment was headquartered at Bath with its four squadrons disposed as follows:

A Squadron: Bath, with drill stations at Bathampton, Farmborough, Frome, Mells and Road (now Rode)
B Squadron: Weston-Super-Mare, with drill stations at Axbridge, Clevedon, Langford and Nailsea
C Squadron: Shepton Mallet, with drill stations at Queen Camel, Ston Easton, Wells, Wincanton and Castle Cory
D Squadron: Bristol, with drill stations at Queen Charlton, Barrow Gurney and Keynsham

The regiment formed part of the 1st South Western Mounted Brigade which was administered from Salisbury in Wiltshire.

24 joined on 6th April 1908
166 joined on 11th April 1909
250 joined on 11th March 1910
339  joined on 25th May 1911
369 joined on 24th February1912
464 joined on 24th March 1913
563 joined on 10th March 1914
616 joined on 10th August 1914
722 joined on 4th September 1914
876 joined on 13th November 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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