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The Royal Wessex Yeomanry TRF is taken from the [[74th (Yeomanry) Division]], whose insignia was a broken spur in a black diamond during [[World War I]], used to signify that the division was once a mounted division and now served as infantry. The TRF takes its colour scheme from facings of the collars and cuffs of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (buff), Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, Dorset Yeomanry and the Royal Devon Yeomanry (all scarlet). <ref>{{http://www.army.mod.uk/armoured/regiments/9143.aspx}}</ref>
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The Royal Wessex Yeomanry TRF is taken from the [[74th (Yeomanry) Division]], whose insignia was a broken spur in a black diamond during [[World War I]], used to signify that the division was once a mounted division and now served as infantry. The TRF takes its colour scheme from facings of the collars and cuffs of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (buff), Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, Dorset Yeomanry and the Royal Devon Yeomanry (all scarlet). <ref>{{cite web|title=History of the RWxY TRF|url=http://www.army.mod.uk/armoured/regiments/9143.aspx|accessdate=9 February 2012}}</ref>
   
 
The Regiment wears a brown beret, similar to that worn by the [[Kings Royal Hussars]], with a square black patch behind the cap badge. Each squadron wears the cap badge of its antecedent Yeomanry regiment, meaning that unlike any other British Army regiment, the RWxY have 4 cap badges. The squadrons also retain their own [[stable belt]]s and [[mess dress]]. In barrack (Number 13) dress the Regiment wear a green fleck v-neck jumper.
 
The Regiment wears a brown beret, similar to that worn by the [[Kings Royal Hussars]], with a square black patch behind the cap badge. Each squadron wears the cap badge of its antecedent Yeomanry regiment, meaning that unlike any other British Army regiment, the RWxY have 4 cap badges. The squadrons also retain their own [[stable belt]]s and [[mess dress]]. In barrack (Number 13) dress the Regiment wear a green fleck v-neck jumper.

Revision as of 20:39, 9 February 2012

The Royal Wessex Yeomanry
Active1 April 1971-Present
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchTerritorial Army
TypeYeomanry
RoleArmour Replacement
SizeOne regiment
Part ofRoyal Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQA Squadron - Bovington
B Squadron - Salisbury
C Squadron - Cirencester
D Squadron - Barnstaple
Commanders
Royal Honorary ColonelHRH The Earl of Wessex
Honorary ColonelLt Gen Sir Richard Shirreff KCB CBE

The Royal Wessex Yeomanry (RWxY) is an armoured regiment of the British Territorial Army consisting of four squadrons. Unlike any other regiment in the British Army, each of the squadrons wear an individual cap badge - that of their antecedent yeomanry regiments:

Unusually, B Sqn is the senior of the four squadrons of the regiment. This is because the RWY is the senior Yeomanry regiment in the Yeomanry Order of Precedence, having been raised in 1794. It is not designated as A Sqn (which would be the usual practice) because there is an A (Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry) Sqn of the Royal Yeomanry with which it could be confused.

HRH The Earl of Wessex is the Royal Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry.

History

The Wessex Yeomanry was formed on 1st April 1971 by re-raising cadres from the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and the Royal Devon Yeomanry to form 4 squadrons. The Regiment was granted its royal title on 8th June 1979.

Initially roled as infantry, in the 1980s it was re-roled as a reconnaissance regiment and became one of the Military Home Defence Reconnaissance Regiments. Following the Strategic Defence Review, the Regiment merged with the Dorset Yeomanry in July 1999 and was reorganised and re-roled into its current ORBAT.

The Regiment currently has three roles:

  • The training of Challenger 2 main battle tank crewmen as Turret Crew Replacements. This commitment is provided by B (RWY), C (RGH) and D (RDY) Squadrons.
  • Armour Replacement. This role is provided by A (DY) Squadron.
  • The provision of skilled officers and senior non-commissioned officers to support the Regular Army on operations as watchkeepers and liaison officers. This is provided by all four squadrons.

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Uniform

The Royal Wessex Yeomanry TRF is taken from the 74th (Yeomanry) Division, whose insignia was a broken spur in a black diamond during World War I, used to signify that the division was once a mounted division and now served as infantry. The TRF takes its colour scheme from facings of the collars and cuffs of the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (buff), Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, Dorset Yeomanry and the Royal Devon Yeomanry (all scarlet). [2]

The Regiment wears a brown beret, similar to that worn by the Kings Royal Hussars, with a square black patch behind the cap badge. Each squadron wears the cap badge of its antecedent Yeomanry regiment, meaning that unlike any other British Army regiment, the RWxY have 4 cap badges. The squadrons also retain their own stable belts and mess dress. In barrack (Number 13) dress the Regiment wear a green fleck v-neck jumper.

Honorary Colonels

References

  1. ^ "Royal Wessex Yeomanry History". Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  2. ^ "History of the RWxY TRF". Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ Template:Http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/45569/supplements/348
  4. ^ Template:Http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/49787/supplements/8742
  5. ^ "No. 51718". The London Gazette (invalid |supp= (help)). 28 April 1989.
  6. ^ Template:Http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/52792/supplements/492/page.pdf
  7. ^ Template:Http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/54788/supplements/6737
  8. ^ Template:Http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/56078/supplements/14611
  9. ^ Template:Http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/57122/supplements/14548
  10. ^ Template:Http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/59492/supplements/13805

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