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Imperial Yeomanry

[1900-1902]

 
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How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
 
  1900.01.02 Imperial Yeomanry
volunteers authorised by Royal Warrant for service in the Second Anglo-Boer War
  1900.01-03 First Contingent companies of volunteers (10,242 men) formed throughout UK for 12 months service; some were newly raised, and others (one third) were sponsored by part-time Yeomanry Cavalry regiments which were not liable for overseas service:
  • 1st Battalion.
  • 2nd Battalion
  • 3rd Battalion
  • 4th Battalion
  • 5th Battalion
  • 6th (Scottish) Battalion
  • 7th Battalion
  • 8th Battalion
  • 9th Battalion. Formed 1900 in Wales.
  • 10th Battalion
  • 11th Battalion
  • 12th Battalion
    • 41st (Hampshire) Company, raised 1900; transferred 1902 to 4th Bn.
    • 42nd (Hertfordshire) Company, raised 1900
    • 43rd (Suffolk) Company, raised 1900
    • 44th (Suffolk) Company, raised 1900
    • 46th (Belfast) Company, transferred 1902 from 13th Bn.
    • 51st (Paget's Horse) Company, transferred 1902 from 19th Bn.
    • 53rd (Royal East Kent) Company, transferred 1902 from 14th Bn.
    • 73rd (Paget's Horse) Company, transferred 1902 from 19th Bn.
  • 13th Battalion
    • 45th (Dublin) Company, raised 1900
    • 46th (Belfast) Company, raised 1900; transferred 1902 to 12th Bn.
    • 47th (Duke of Cambridge's Own, or Lord Doughmore's) Company, raised 1900
    • 54th (Belfast) Company, raised 1900
  • 14th Battalion
    • 53rd (Royal East Kent) Company, raised 1900; transferred 1902 to 11th Bn.
    • 55th (Northumberland) Company, raised 1900; transferred 1902 to 5th Bn.
    • 62nd (Middlesex) Company, raised 1900; transferred 1902 to 11th Bn.
    • 69th (Sussex) Company, raised 1900; transferred 1902 to 7th Bn.
  • 15th Battalion
  • 16th Battalion
  • 17th Battalion
  • 18th Battalion (Sharpshooters). raised 30 Dec. 1899; embarked at Southampton 6 Apr. 1900; landed at Beira Apr. 1900 (joined Rhodesian Field Force); First contingent returned to UK June 1901, replaced by second draft Mar.-Aug. 1901; perpetuated Aug. 1901 by 3rd County of London (Sharpshooters) Imperial Yeomanry.
    • 67th (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1900
    • 70th (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1900
    • 71st (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1900
    • 75th (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1900
  • 19th Battalion (Paget's Horse)
    • 51st (Paget's Horse) Company, raised 1900; transferred 1902 to 12th Bn.
    • 52nd (Paget's Horse) Company, raised 1900
    • 68th (Paget's Horse) Company, raised 1900
    • 73rd (Paget's Horse) Company, raised 1900; transferred 1902 to 12th Bn.
  • 20th Battalion (Rough Riders). raised 17 Mar. 1900 in London; disbanded July 1901; perpetuated 23 July 1901 by City of London Imperial Yeomanry (Rough Riders).
    • 72nd (Rough Riders) Company, raised 1900; disbanded 1900
    • 76th (Rough Riders) Company, raised 1900; transferred 1902 to 22nd Bn.
    • 78th (Rough Riders) Company, raised 1900; transferred 1902 to 22nd Bn.
    • 79th (Rough Riders) Company, raised 1900; disbanded 1900
  • 21st Battalion (2nd Sharpshooters), raised Jan. 1901; embarked for South Africa Mar. 1901; perpetuated Aug. 1901 by 3rd County of London (Sharpshooters) Imperial Yeomanry.
    • 80th (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1901
    • 81st (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1901
    • 82nd (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1901
    • 83rd (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1901
  • 22nd Battalion (Rough Riders), raised 27 Mar. 1901 in London for Second Contingent; disbanded 1902 and perpetuated 23 July 1901 by City of London Imperial Yeomanry (Rough Riders).
    • 76th (Rough Riders) Company, transferred 1902 from 20th Bn.
    • 78th (Rough Riders) Company, transferred 1902 from 20th Bn.
    • 84th (Rough Riders) Company, raised 1901
    • 85th (Rough Riders) Company, raised 1901
    • 86th (Rough Riders) Company, raised 1901
    • 87th (Rough Riders) Company, raised 1901
  • 23rd Battalion (3rd Sharpshooters). raised Jan. 1901; embarked for South Africa Mar. 1901; perpetuated Aug. 1901 by 3rd County of London (Sharpshooters) Imperial Yeomanry.
    • 90th (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1901
    • 91st (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1901
    • 92nd (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1901
    • 93rd (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1901
  • 24th Battalion (Metropolitan Mounted Rifles), raised 30 Mar. 1901 in London; perpetuated 24 Aug. 1901 by 2nd County of London Imperial Yeomanry.
    • 94th (Metropolitan Mounted Rifles) Company, raised 1901
    • 95th (Metropolitan Mounted Rifles) Company, raised 1901
    • 96th (Metropolitan Mounted Rifles) Company, raised 1901
    • 97th (Metropolitan Mounted Rifles) Company, raised 1901
  • 25th Battalion (Sharpshooters), raised 1901
    • 115th (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1901
    • 116th Company, raised 1901
    • 117th (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1901
    • 118th (Sharpshooters) Company, raised 1901
  • 26th Battalion (Younghusband's Horse), raised 1901
    • 119th Company
    • 120th (Younghusband's Horse) Company
    • 121st Company
    • 122nd Company
  • 27th Battalion, raised 1901
    • 123rd Company
    • 124th Company
    • 125th Company
    • 126th Company
  • 28th Battalion (Westminster Dragoons), raised 1901
    • 127th (Westminster Dragoons) Company
    • 128th (Westminster Dragoons) Company
    • 129th (Westminster Dragoons) Company
    • 130th (Westminster Dragoons) Company
  • 29th Battalion (Irish Horse), raised 1901
    • 131st (Irish Horse) Company
    • 132nd (Irish Horse) Company
    • 133rd (Irish Horse) Company
    • 134th (Irish Horse) Company
    • 175th (Irish Horse) Company
    • 176th (Irish Horse) Company
  • 30th Battalion, raised 1901
    • 135th Company
    • 136th Company
    • 137th Company
    • 138th Company
  • 31st Battalion (Fincastle's Horse), raised 1901
    • 139th (Fincastle's Horse) Company
    • 140th (Fincastle's Horse) Company
    • 141st (Fincastle's Horse) Company
    • 142nd (Fincastle's Horse) Company
    • 177th (Fincastle's Horse) Company
  • 32nd Battalion, raised 1901
    • 143rd Company
    • 144th Company
    • 145th Company
    • 146th Company
  • 33rd Battalion, raised 1901
    • 147th Company
    • 148th Company
    • 149th Company
    • 150th Company
  • 34th Battalion, raised 1901
    • 151st Company
    • 152nd Company
    • 153rd Company
    • 154th Company
  • 35th Battalion, raised 1901
    • 155th Company
    • 156th Company
    • 157th Company
    • 158th Company
  • 36th Battalion, raised 1901
    • 159th Company
    • 160th Company
    • 161st Company
    • 162nd Company
  • 37th Battalion, raised 1901
    • 163rd Company
    • 164th Company
    • 165th Company
    • 166th Company
  • 38th Battalion, raised 1901
    • 167th Company
    • 168th Company
    • 169th Company
    • 170th Company
  • 39th Battalion, raised 1901
    • 171st Company
    • 172nd Company
    • 173rd Company
    • 174th Company
  • 113th (Lovat's Scouts) Company [independent], raised Feb. 1900 at Inverness as Lovat's Scouts. Formed 113th Coy in Second Contingent. Disbanded Aug. 1902 at Beaufort. Perpetuated 1 Mar. 1903 by 1st Lovat's Scouts Imperial Yeomanry.
  • 114th (Lovat's Scouts) Company [independent], raised Feb. 1900 at Inverness as Lovat's Scouts. Formed 114th Coy in Second Contingent. Disbanded Aug. 1902 at Beaufort. Perpetuated 1 Mar. 1903 by 2nd Lovat's Scouts Imperial Yeomanry.
  • 178th (Lovat's Scouts) Company {Third Contingent?}
1901.01-04 Second Contingent (16,597 men, of which only 655 re-enlisted from First Contingent) formed in UK, some forming new companies, others replenishing old companies as they returned from South Africa (see lineage above)
1901.04.17 as First Contingent Imperial Yeomanry returned from South Africa, the part-time Yeomanry Cavalry in the UK were reorganised as "Imperial Yeomanry" in mounted infantry regiments of 596 all ranks (four squadrons and a machine gun section); they were equipped with carbines and bayonets, but swords were later permitted for certain ceremonial and escort functions; some new regiments were raised from South African veterans
1901.12 Third Contingent (7,239 men) arrived in South Africa
1902 last contingent of Imperial Yeomanry from South African War disbanded
1908.04.01 the Yeomanry were integrated into the Territorial Force, dropping the "Imperial" title, and many reverted to their traditional cavalry roles; by 1914, six regiments were styled "Lancers", but none actually carried the lance
Note:
The Imperial Yeomanry of the South African War, which operated as mounted infantry, should not be confused with the 28 battalions of Mounted Infantry
 
pip Imperial Yeomanry, Brief History, by Kevin Asplin.
   
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Note: The IY companies earned the battle honour "South Africa" for their parent regiments.

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pip The Men of the Imperial Yeomanry, Lovats Scouts and Scottish Horse in the Boer War of 1899 to 1902, by Kevin Asplin
 
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Note: Bibliographies for sponsored units are found under their parent regiments.
 
Rose-Innes, Cosmo. With Paget's Horse to the Front. London : MacQueen, 1901.
Asplin, Kevin. The Roll of the Imperial Yeomanry, Scottish Horse & Lovats Scouts, 2nd Boer war 1899-1902, being an alphabetical listing of 39,800 men of these volunteer forces who enlisted for the 2nd Boer war, listing regimental details, clasps to Queens South Africa medal and casualty status. [Limited ed. of 100 copies]
Asplin, Kevin. The Roll of the Imperial Yeomanry, Scottish Horse & Lovats Scouts, 2nd Boer war 1899-1902, being an alphabetical listing of 39,800 men of these volunteer forces who enlisted for the 2nd Boer war, listing regimental details, clasps to Queens South Africa medal and casualty status. [2nd ed.] Doncaster : DP&G Publishing,