The Yeomanry

Wollaton Troop Guidons

This illustration by B T A Griffiths incorporates several items; at the top is the old cap badge and in the middle the present-day badge of oak leaves. Also the two sabretaches of George IV and Queen Victoria with the drum banner at the bottom. The crossed guidons are of the Wollaton Troop from the period, one Georgian and the other Victorian, while the regiment was still styled as light dragoons.

The guidon on the right is the older one with the cypher of George IV surrounded by a strap inscribed WOLLATON TROOP NOTT YEO CAV. And below, the motto OUR GOD. OUR COUNTRY. OUR KING. The Georgian crown is on top and in one corner the Hanoverian White horse.

The guidon on the left is emblazoned with the Victorian Cypher so is post-1837. The scroll above the cypher says HONESTE AUDAX and WOLLATON below. Both guidons are of royal blue silk and it is probable that the other Troops had their own guidons. After the regiment became hussars in 1866 the guidons were laid up and no longer carried.

South Nottingham Hussars


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