The Yeomanry

Colonel Sir Lancelot Rolleston KCB DSO

This oil painting of Colonel Rolleston hangs in the South Notts Hussars museum. It was painted in 1900 before he took the regiment to South Africa to take part in the Boer War. The South Notts Hussars formed the 12th Company, 3rd Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. Rolleston distinguished himself when he led a charge against the Boers to try to rescue 500 British prisoners. He was shot and his arm was broken by the bullet. His wife, Lady Maud, was out in South Africa and was on hand to help him recover. He rejoined the regiment and fought in many battles. He was a leading figure in Nottingham and was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff. He was also very involved with the Boy Scouts for more than 30 years, finally retiring as County Commissioner in 1940 at the age of 93. He died the following year at his home, Watnall Hall.

Commanding Officers | South Nottingham Hussars


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