Imperial Yeomanry

Proposals to create regiments of Yeomanry for service in the Boer War were made as soon as war broke out but were rejected by the War Office.

Their view changed after the series of military setbacks in December 1899 which came to be known as ‘Black Week’ when it was realised that a force of mounted infantry was required to match the tactics of the highly mobile Boer forces. The existing Yeomanry regiments were asked to provide companies comprising one officer, four subalterns and 115 NCOs and troopers. The new force, to be known by Royal Warrant as the Imperial Yeomanry was to be raised on a county basis with the core being the men of the existing volunteer units. The remaining numbers were to be recruited from individuals that met the necessary service criteria.

By the end of the war the Imperial Yeomanry comprised more than 30,00 men.

The following men with Lewisham connections served in the Imperial Yeomanry. The names are taken from the memorials at Haberdashers Aske’s school and Blackheath Proprietary school.

W.B Bradshaw
P. Noad
H.J Roe
J.A.B Woodward

  • W.D. Butler
  • C. Lamb

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