Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry

Cap badge of the Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry (c. 1914)
Tpr. Allan Harris, Dorset Yeomanry, who fought in the Boer War from 1900 - 1901.
Trooper Walter T. Lear, Dorset Yeomanry circa 1904.
Sergeant Henry Harris, Dorset Yeomanry, who fought in Palestine from 1916 to 1918.

Yeomanry regiment of the British Army founded in 1794 as the Dorsetshire Regiment of Volunteer Yeomanry Cavalry in response to the growing threat of invasion during the Napoleonic wars.

- Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry
Cap badge of the Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry (c. 1914)

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A Review of the London Volunteer Cavalry and Flying Artillery in Hyde Park in 1804.

Yeomanry

Designation used by a number of units or sub-units of the British Army Reserve, descended from volunteer cavalry regiments.

Designation used by a number of units or sub-units of the British Army Reserve, descended from volunteer cavalry regiments.

A Review of the London Volunteer Cavalry and Flying Artillery in Hyde Park in 1804.
Hertfordshire Yeomanry in the 1890s.

A (Dorset Yeomanry) Squadron

Charge at Huj, by Lady Butler

Australian Mounted Division

Mounted infantry, light horse and yeomanry division.

Mounted infantry, light horse and yeomanry division.

Charge at Huj, by Lady Butler
British 18-pounders as used by the division
HAC 13-pounders March 1918

The 6th Mounted Brigade was likewise formed as part of the Territorial Force in 1908 as the 2nd South Midland Mounted Brigade with three yeomanry regiments: the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars, the Berkshire Yeomanry and the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars. On 19 September 1914, the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars was posted to the BEF, joining the 4th Cavalry Brigade in France. The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry joined in the same month to replace them. The brigade's early service was identical to the 5th Mounted Brigade until January 1916 when it joined the Western Frontier Force. It joined the division on formation.

Formation patch of the 43rd Division during the Second World War

43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division

Infantry division of Britain's Territorial Army (TA).

Infantry division of Britain's Territorial Army (TA).

Formation patch of the 43rd Division during the Second World War
Soldiers of 4th Bn, Wiltshire Regiment, climbing the sheer face of a chalk quarry during 'toughening up' training at Leeds, Kent, 18 September 1941.
A Humber Armoured Car of 43rd Recce Regiment entering the water from a landing craft during wading trials at Weymouth, Dorset, 5 February 1944.
The British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, inspects men of 4th Bn, Somerset Light Infantry, during a tour of forces preparing to invade Normandy, 12 May 1944.
Troops of 43rd (Wessex) Division sheltering from mortar fire during Operation Jupiter, 10 July 1944.
A Lloyd carrier of 8th Bn, Middlesex Regiment, the divisional machine gun battalion, advances during operations in the Odon valley, west of Caen, 16 July 1944.
Sergeant Clifford Brown of the Somerset Light Infantry quenches his thirst with other members of his platoon during the attack on Mont Pinçon, 7 August 1944.
4th Dorsets cross 'David', the Class 9 FBE bridge at Vernon, 27 August 1944. The numbers 49 and 51 either side of the Wessex Wyvern divisional badge are the identification serials of 204 and 553 Field Companies RE.
Universal Carriers and DUKWs carry the men of 5th Bn, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, into battle during Operation Market Garden, 18 September 1944.
Troops of 7th Somerset Light Infantry resting during the assault on Geilenkirchen, 18 November 1944.
43rd (Wessex) Division passing through Xanten, 11 March 1945.
Maj-Gen Ivor Thomas (later Gen Sir Ivor Thomas) who commanded 43rd (Wessex) Division throughout its combat career, June 1944–May 1945.
43rd (Wessex) Division memorial on Hill 112
43rd (Wessex) Division memorial at Castle Hill, Mere
43rd Division memorial at the summit of Rough Tor, Bodmin Moor
Liberation memorial at Lochem, Netherlands

A 15-minute bombardment by the guns of 94th (Dorset Yeomanry) Field Regiment, 121st (West Riding) Medium Regiment (further back in Group Two) and C Sqn, 15th/19th Hussars, together with the heavy mortars of 8th Middlesex, was followed by a smoke barrage to cover the crossing at 19.00.

Yeomanry order of precedence

Order in which the various corps of the British Army parade, from right to left, with the unit at the extreme right being highest.

Order in which the various corps of the British Army parade, from right to left, with the unit at the extreme right being highest.

23) Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry

Cap badge of the Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry

Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry

British Army regiment formed in 1794.

British Army regiment formed in 1794.

Cap badge of the Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry

In October 1916 it handed its horses over to 2/1st Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry and in November was converted to a cyclist unit.

Formation sign of the 9th Armoured Division.

9th Armoured Division (United Kingdom)

Armoured division of the British Army, raised during the Second World War.

Armoured division of the British Army, raised during the Second World War.

Formation sign of the 9th Armoured Division.

141st (Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery - (12 June 1942 - 10 July 1944)

Members of the West Somerset Yeomanry receiving instruction in scouting, 1898.

West Somerset Yeomanry

Yeomanry regiment of the British Army.

Yeomanry regiment of the British Army.

Members of the West Somerset Yeomanry receiving instruction in scouting, 1898.
A typical Imperial Yeoman on campaign
229th Brigade's formation sign, with the 'Broken Spur' insignia of the 74th (Yeomanry) Division, marking the loss of its horses.
Troops of 230th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, and the 12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Bn, Somerset Light Infantry, at the Regimental Aid Post near Carvin, France, 14 August 1918.
74th (Yeomanry) Division marches through the liberated city of Tournai on 10 November 1918.
25 pounders of 55th Field Regiment, near Hechtel in Belgium, firing in support of Guards Armoured Division in the bridgehead over the Maas-Schelde (Meuse-Escaut) Canal, 16 September 1944
The Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone of a WSY casualty shows the regimental badge without the 'South Africa 1900–01' scroll.

The West Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire Yeomanry were assigned to the Cavalry Brigade of V Corps based at Yeovil, alongside two Regular Army cavalry regiments and a Royal Horse Artillery battery.

Map showing Agagia

Action of Agagia

The action of Agagia (also Agagiya, Aqqaqia or Aqaqia) took place east of Sidi Barrani in Egypt on 26 February 1916, during the Senussi Campaign between German and Ottoman-instigated Senussi forces and the British army in Egypt.

The action of Agagia (also Agagiya, Aqqaqia or Aqaqia) took place east of Sidi Barrani in Egypt on 26 February 1916, during the Senussi Campaign between German and Ottoman-instigated Senussi forces and the British army in Egypt.

Map showing Agagia

As the Senussi retreated, they were cut off by a Dorset Yeomanry cavalry charge; the Yeomen lost half their horses and about a third of their riders but dispersed the column, caused about 500 casualties, took 39 prisoners, captured the Senussi baggage train and pursued the survivors into the desert.

Presentation of colours and guidons to 108 units of the Territorial Force by King Edward VII at Windsor Palace, 19 June 1909

1st South Western Mounted Brigade

Formation of the Territorial Force of the British Army, organised in 1908.

Formation of the Territorial Force of the British Army, organised in 1908.

Presentation of colours and guidons to 108 units of the Territorial Force by King Edward VII at Windsor Palace, 19 June 1909

The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry was attached for training in peacetime.

A Review of the London Volunteer Cavalry and Flying Artillery in Hyde Park in 1804.

6th Cyclist Brigade

2nd Line yeomanry brigade of the British Army during the First World War.

2nd Line yeomanry brigade of the British Army during the First World War.

A Review of the London Volunteer Cavalry and Flying Artillery in Hyde Park in 1804.

It was joined there by the 2/1st Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry and the 2/1st Essex Yeomanry.