Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry

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The Leicestershire & Derbyshire
(Prince Albert's Own) Yeomanry
Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry (cap badge).jpg
Cap badge of the Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry
Active Feb 1957- / Now E Sqn Royal Yeomanry
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army Reserve
Type Yeomanry
Role Light Cavalry
Size 1 Squadron
Part of Royal Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQ E (LDY) Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry - Glen Parva Barracks, Tigers Road, South Wigston, Leicester, LE18 4WS.
Nickname(s) The LDY or Albert's Lads
March Yeomanry by Bandmaster R Stent
Anniversaries 13 May (Frezenberg)
Commanders
Current
commander
Major Matthew Webb
Honorary Colonel Colonel R E J Boyle DL
Insignia
Stable belt Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry (stable belt).jpg
NCO Arm Badge Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry (NCO arm badge).jpg
Tactical Recognition Flash RY-flash.gif

The Leicestershire and Derbyshire (Prince Albert's Own) Yeomanry is a Squadron of The Royal Yeomanry, a Light Cavalry regiment of the Army Reserve.

Drawing lineage from 1794, the amalgamation of the Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanries was completed in 1957 by the amalgamation of The Leicestershire Yeomanry (Prince Albert's Own) and The Derbyshire Yeomanry. Previously to this the regiment was re-roled as infantry in 1967, with four squadrons. In 1969 it was reduced to a cadre, however, the LDY (PAO) Cadre paraded their Guidon with the Royal Yeomanry Regiment in 1969 at Catterick Camp in Yorkshire. In 1971 became The Leicestershire and Derbyshire (Prince Albert's Own) Yeomanry Squadron as part of 7th Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment. This was redesignated a company in 1975, and in 1978 the Ilkeston platoon was formed into B (Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry) Company of 3rd Battalion, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. In 1988 the company of 7th Royal Anglian Regiment was retitled as C (Leicestershire and Derbyshire (P.A.O) Yeomanry) Company.

1993: B (LDY) Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry

With the reorganisation of the Territorial Army in 1992, the companies were reorganised; one became the 3 (Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry) Company of 5th Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, whilst C (LDY P.A.O) company (Loughborough, Hinckley & Melton Mowbray), 7th Royal Anglian TA was re-roled as a reconnaissance unit, transferred into the Royal Armoured Corps, and made B (Leicestershire and Derbyshire (P.A.O.) Yeomanry) Squadron of The Royal Yeomanry, with members serving in Iraq as of 2007. The Royal Anglian company, however, was transferred into 158th (Royal Anglian) Transport Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps in 1996, and ceased to maintain its yeomanry lineage.[1]

In June 2015 B Squadron of the Royal Yeomanry was redesignated as E Squadron, due to a re-organisation of the regiment through the absorption of half of the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry's territory, centres and personnel into the Royal Yeomanry. The other half of the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry was amalgamated into the Queen's Own Yeomanry.

The Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland ACF have F (LDY) Squadron who wear all the insignia and carry on all the traditions of the Leicestershire & Derbyshire Yeomanry (P.A.O.) along with their Army Reserve seniors.

Timeline[edit]

Feb 1957
The Leicestershire (P.A.O) Yeomanry and the Derbyshire Yeomanry amalgamate and form The Leicestershire & Derbyshire (Prince Albert's Own) Yeomanry RAC, (TA).

1967
Reduced to cadre strength.

April 1971
Re-established as Leicestershire & Derbyshire (P.A.O) Yeomanry Squadron, 7th Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment.

Successors (1985)
The Leicestershire & Derbyshire (Prince Albert's Own) Company, 7th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, and B (Leicestershire & Derbyshire Yeomanry) Company, 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Forestors Regiment.

March 1992 B (Leicestershire & Derbyshire (Prince Albert's Own) Yeomanry) Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry, RAC (TA).

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