trooper wrote:The yeomanry were first formed in 1793 when there was a threat of Napoleonic invasion. Various bodies volunteered to raise troops of cavalry, many of them landowners who could call on their tenants to help swell the ranks. Over the course of the years many of these troops either disbanded or amalgamated with other troops to form regiments on a county basis. During the Boer War it soon became evident that the British army was lacking in mobility and the conflict needed more infantry. The Imperial Yeomanry was an effort by the government to address this problem and consequently some dozen extra yeomanry regiments were raised and the function of the force was directed to the role of mounted infantry rather than cavalry. The drafts that volunteered to go to South Africa were raised from all the yeomanry regiments and so would represent a complete cross section of society, townspeople and countryfolk, artisans and clerks, labourers and engineers.This was the first time that reserve troops had been asked to serve overseas in an active combat role. Your ancestors moustache would have been a personal choice and not an indication of regiment. Hope this helps. Trooper
brian wrote:I have a five clasp medal to 28655 Pte, A H Sutherland 15th Coy Imp Yeo. who were they affiliated with?
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