Denbighshire Hussars Yeomanry
The 2nd/1st DHY formed as a second line Regiment in September 1914 and in July 1916 became a cyclist unit.



Captain William Reid Hall
Commissioned into the 2nd DHY on the 19th of October 1914. He was the Regimental Signals Officer in 1916 and the Brigade Signals Officer in 1916/17/18.

Lt. R E F Lloyd
Lt. G A A Baker
Born 1891, in Arkendale, Yorks; son of a Lincs. vicar. Died in 1947 in Richmond aged 55. Durham School and Oxford University (Keble College) and OTC. Enlisted Sept. 1914 and sent to 13th Reserve Regt. Cavalry and then to 2nd RRC and “Dragoons of the Line”. Discharged to Commission in DHY. 2nd Lieut., Denbighshire Hussars, LG 15.3.1915 ex Private in the Reserve Regt. of Cavalry. Invalided to Manchester June 1918 following severe fall from horse during mounted parade (listed as Denbigh Yeo. attd. MGC) which ruptured a kidney.

2nd/Lt D W Birrell

H/215450 RQMS J J Melhuish
H/215816 SQMS James Smith
Enlisted 12/11/1901 - Discharged 14/12/1917
H/215001 FQMS John H Edwards
Enlisted 28/4/1908 - Discharged 24/9/1917

215038 A/Sgt. Henry R Dudley

Attached to the 6th African Rifles. Died: 29th September 1918.

Members of the 2nd/1st DHY at the School of Musketry on the 24th of November 1917.


DHY Cyclist

215236 Corporal Benjamin Ernest Payne 
Died of Pneumonia Aged 28, 20th July 1918
Buried with Honour at OYSTERMOUTH CEMETERY
Son of T.S.& M.A. Payne of Forgefield Terrace, Norton.
He was previously employed by Messrs. Baldwin, Grocers, Mumbles. Enlisted October 1916, into the 2nd/1st DHY.
South Wales Daily Post:-
Corporal Payne was engaged as a shorthand writer & typist in the Quartermasters’ office stationed at Eccles [sic].
A few days after returning from leave he contracted influenza, pneumonia supervening.
1027 (DHY) 215466 (2/1 DHY) 288005 (Cheshire Regt) Tpr R W Giles
Randolph William

Trooper George Stephenson.
George enlisted in late 1916 as a Private with the 2nd/1st Denbighshire Hussars Yeomanry Cyclists Battalion. In August 1917 his letters reported that he was training as a Cadet (No.4 Coy, G.O.C. Magdalene College Cambridge). Then in December of that year he was serving as 2nd Lieutenant with 2nd/1st Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry (East Dereham).
By June 1918 he was at Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, in Ireland, then Mullingar Co. W Meath, and lastly Oldcastle Co. Meath. His letters describe in detail his training, the qualities of Army bicycles / equipment and opinions of his fellow cyclists. As a Private during training he was "booked" twice for not cleaning the inside of the mudguards of his machine.
He qualified as a "Marksman" (about 5th in his Regiment). After officer training he was provided with a Humber bicycle and "his own man to clean it". While in Ireland he wrote that he was responsible for "500 bicycles", also describing how his duties included the role of "station master of Leixlip" (near Dublin) - "a splendid life".
He became a full Lieutenant with the 1st Devonshires in April of 1919.

Trooper Stephenson seated wearing the folding field service cap.

Troopers in Chester-le-street, 1915.

Troopers in Chester-le-street, 1915.
* Note the folding field service cap, it is the DHIY pattern with the scarlet crown and kahki body (no cap badge).