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orthamptonshire Yeomanry

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Northamptonshire Yeomanry

Badge and service cap as worn at the outbreak of World War


Active 17941946

Country United Kingdom

Branch British Army

Type Yeomanry

Size World War I

Three Regiments

World War II

Two Regiments

Engagements World War I

First Battle of Ypres

Battle of Neuve Chapelle

Second Battle of Artois

World War II
Operation Overlord

Operation Charnwood

Operation Totalize

Operation Varsity

The Northamptonshire Yeomanry was a Yeomanry regiment of the British Army, formed
in 1794 as volunteer cavalry. It later served in an armoured role before being reduced
to squadron level in 1956. It ceased to have a separate existence in 1969.[1]


o 1.1Boer War
o 1.2World War I
1.2.11/1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry
1.2.22/1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry
1.2.33/1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry
o 1.3Between the wars
o 1.4World War II
1.4.11st Northamptonshire Yeomanry
1.4.22nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry
1.4.34th Northamptonshire Yeomanry
o 1.5Post-War
o 1.6History of the Regimental Light Aid Detachment
2See also
6External links

Boer War[edit]
A Northamptonshire Imperial Yeomanry regiment was formed during the Boer War.
World War I[edit]
Eastern Mounted Brigade


Organisation on 4 August 1914

Assigned units[show]

Training attachments[hide]
Hertfordshire Yeomanry, Hertford

A Squadron at Watford

B Squadron at Hertford

C Squadron at St Albans

D Squadron at High Barnet

Bedfordshire Yeomanry, Bedford

A Squadron at Bedford

B Squadron at Biggleswade

C Squadron at Dunstable

D Squadron at Godmanchestera

Northamptonshire Yeomanry, Northampton

A Squadron at Northampton
B Squadron at Peterboroughb

C Squadron at Kettering

D Squadron at Daventry

Soke of Peterborough.

Conrad, Mark (1996). "The British Army, 1914".


In accordance with the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act 1907 (7 Edw. 7, c.9) which
brought the Territorial Force into being, the TF was intended to be a home defence force
for service during wartime and members could not be compelled to serve outside the
country. However, on the outbreak of war on 4 August 1914, many members volunteered
for Imperial Service. Therefore, TF units were split in August and September 1914 into 1st
Line (liable for overseas service) and 2nd Line (home service for those unable or unwilling
to serve overseas) units. Later, a 3rd Line was formed to act as a reserve, providing trained
replacements for the 1st and 2nd Line regiments.[2]
1/1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry[edit]
On mobilisation in August 1914, the 1st Line regiment was attached to the Eastern
Mounted Brigade, which was part of the 1st Mounted Division.[3]
In November 1914, the regiment moved to France with the 8th Division. It remained with
the 8th Division until April 1915, when it was split up:
Regimental HQ and B Squadron joined the 6th Division
A Squadron joined the 4th Division
C Squadron joined the 5th Division.[3]
This lasted until May 1916, when the Regiment reformed, becoming the 6th
Corps Cavalry Regiment.[3] In November 1917, it moved to Italy, becoming 14th
Corps Cavalry.[3]
2/1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry[edit]
The 2nd Line regiment was formed in September 1914. In November 1915, the
regiment joined the 59th (2nd North Midland) Division.[3] In April 1916, the
regiment began to split up, with the RHQ and A Squadron joining the 69th (2nd
East Anglian) Divisionin Yorkshire. One Squadron was attached to the 67th
(2nd Home Counties) Division in Kent in October 1916. During the following
winter, the remaining squadron went to France, where it was absorbed into the
Tank Corps around August 1917. Of the two squadrons remaining in the
United Kingdom, one was absorbed into the 6th