25 June 2014

Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons 1908-1914

This post will look at numbering in the Yorkshire Dragoons (Queen's Own) between 1908 and 1914.

In common with many yeomanry regiments, the Yorkshire Dragoons saw no need to start a completely new regimental numbering system from April 1908 and simply continued with the series that had been in use for years previously. Most of the enlistments in 1908 were by men who were already serving as Imperial Yeomen.

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

A Squadron: Sheffield
B Squadron: Wakefield
C Squadron: Doncaster
D Squadron: Huddersfield

The regiment formed part of the Yorkshire Mounted Brigade which was administered from York.

1592 joined on 4th June 1908 (but the number dates to 1903)
2261 joined on 2nd March 1909
2384 joined on 15th April 1910
2449 joined on 1st March 1911
2543 joined on 19th February 1912
2671 joined on 7th April 1913
2752 joined on 1st January 1914
2814 joined on 3rd August 1914
3199 joined on 2nd November 1914
3358 joined on 11th December 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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