The Yeomanry

Suffolk Yeomanry c1860

The precise date of this drawing is not known but the cavalry adopted knee boots and breeches around 1871 so these cavalrymen date before then. The cartoon, by W B Giles pokes gentle fun at these yeomen of Suffolk. Another cartoon by the same artist shows a trooper who is supposed to be keeping a lookout for the enemy but is actually taking note of a rival farmer's crops. The Suffolk Yeomanry were no.29 in the 1914 list of precedence even though some of their Troops were raised in 1793. But they were disbanded in 1827 and re-raised in 1831, thus cutting their line of continuous service. The Duke of York (later George V) became their Honorary Colonel in 1894.

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