Yeomanry order of precedence

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Unlike the British Army, the Territorial Army and with respect to this page, the Yeomanry, has frequently been the subject of amalgamations and absorptions in its history. The subject of precedence within the Yeomanry can sometimes be contentious with debates as to 'who is on the right of the line' quite commonplace when two or more cap badges are brought together.

Precedence is merely a reflection of the current convention regarding the order in which units parade within the British Army.

Precedence[edit]

The rule for establishing the order of precedence is the date of commission of the first troop of the regiment and its subsequent unbroken service, including both official service and accepted unpaid service. Disbanded regiments automatically lost precedence. To maintain the order of precedence when the Territorial Army was reorganised in 1969, some units established a cadre so that they were not completely disbanded. When the cadre-ised unit was subsequently re-established, the unit or more frequently as was the case, sub-unit, could continue to claim an un-broken service. Needless to say, like any good rule, the order of precedence has exceptions.

Since 1994 and the Royal Review of Serving Yeomanry Regiments & Yeomanry Old Comrades there have been effectively two orders of precedence in place:

Order of precedence from the Army List of 1914[edit]

The first is a list of yeomanry units on the establishment at the outbreak of the First World War and therefore contains units that had been disbanded by the time of The Royal Yeomanry Review. This first list does not contain the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (who are an affiliated unit), nor the North and South Irish Horse (who were on the Special Reserve[1] at this time).

Order of Yeomanry titles on parade[edit]

The second order of precedence represents units that were on the establishment of the Territorial Army (and affiliated to the Territorial Army) at the time of the review and potentially could indicate the status of contemporary Yeomanry units. Order of precedence in this instance includes the current role of the unit, placing Armoured Corps before Artillery and so on.

The approach taken at The Royal Yeomanry Review can be summarised as follows:

  • Units are ordered in accordance with British Army Order of Precedence
  • Sub-Units are ordered in accordance with the Army List of 1914, as amended by any subsequent disbandments, amalgamations etc.

The following is taken from the last page of the programme printed for The Royal Yeomanry Review. As on that day, the list below has been divided into blocks corresponding to the order in which the units formed and grouped.

Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry[3]
Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry (PAO)
Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry
Inns of Court and City Yeomanry[4]
Westminster Dragoons
Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry
Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry[5]
Royal Gloucestershire Hussars[6]
Royal Devon Yeomanry
Queen's Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry[7]
Queen's Own Staffordshire Yeomanry
Shropshire Yeomanry[8]
Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry
Queen's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry
Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry
Cheshire Yeomanry[9]
Northumberland Hussars
Earl of Carrick's Own Ayrshire Yeomanry
Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry
Lothians and Border Horse
Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Units on the Special Reserve take precedence after a Regular Unit and before a Yeomanry Unit.
  2. ^ The Welsh Horse was only raised after the outbreak of war in 1914. It was accorded precedence after its parent, the Glamorgan Yeomanry.
  3. ^ A Sqn Royal Yeomanry
  4. ^ Band of the Royal Yeomanry
  5. ^ B Sqn Royal Wessex Yeomanry
  6. ^ A and HQ Sqns Royal Wessex Yeomanry
  7. ^ The Band of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry
  8. ^ A Sqn Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry
  9. ^ HQ Sqn Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry
  10. ^ C Sqn Queen's Own Yeomanry
  11. ^ 80 Sig Sqn (V), 33 Sig Regt (V)
  12. ^ 95 Sig Sqn (V), 35 Sig Regt (V)
  13. ^ 67 Sig Sqn (V), 37 Sig Regt (V)
  14. ^ 68 Sig Sqn (V), 71 Sig Regt (V)

References[edit]

  • Mileham, Patrick (1994). The Yeomanry Regiments. Edinburgh: Canongate Academic. ISBN 978-1-898410-36-2. 
  • Royal Review of Serving Yeomanry Regiments & Old Comrades by Her Majesty The Queen. 1994.