Armour, Weapons & Horse

Challenger2 Main Battle Tank

Soldiers of B (LDY) Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry, train as Crewman reserves for the Challenger 2 MBT  and support the regular army in active roles in Iraq, with several from the squadron seeing active service since the conflict began.

Recce Land-rover

Not long after losing the Fox ARV in late1992 the whole regiment started receiving the vehicles and within a year or so accustomed itself to its new role.

FV-721 Fox light Armoured Car

In 1992 and the LDY's return to the RAC role as B (LDY) Sqn the Royal Yeomanry, they briefly saw service in the light armoured reconnaissance role again in the Fox ARV. But this was a brief encounter of 6 months as the struggle through "Options for change" saw the Queens Own Yeomanry win the armoured role and saw the Royal Yeomanry reduced to the recce' land rover for its foreseeable future. This was, I assure you, very disappointing for the new B (LDY)Squadron as we were armoured again after a long absence.... only to have it taken from us as soon as we had it!

Daimler Mk2 Armoured Car

Leicestershire & Derbyshire (P.A.O) Yeomanry, Parade c1960's

Daimler Mk2 Scout Car

Leicestershire & Derbyshire (P.A.O) Yeomanry, Parade c1960's

Comet Tank

Leicestershire (P.A.O) Yeomanry, 1947-52

Tank, Cruiser, Comet I (A34)

Comet tank in a museum
Type Cruiser tank
Place of origin United Kingdom
Service history
In service December 1944 - 1958 (UK)
Used by British Army
Wars World War II
Korean War
Production history
Designed 1943
Manufacturer Leyland Motors Ltd
Produced September 1944
Number built 1,186[1]
Weight 33 long tons (33 tonnes)
Length 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
Width 10 ft 1 in (3.04 m)
Height 8 ft 6 in (2.67 m)
Crew 5 (Commander, gunner, loader, driver, co-driver)

Armour 4 in (102 mm)
77 mm HV
61 rounds
2 x 7.92 mm Besa MG
Engine Rolls-Royce Meteor V12 petrol
600 hp (447 kW)
Power/weight 17 hp/ton (18 hp/tonne)
Suspension Christie
Ground clearance 18 in (0.5 m)
Fuel capacity about 120 Imperial gallons
250 km
Speed 32 mph (50 km/h)

Sherman "Sexton"

153rd (Leics. Yeo.) Field Regiment, R.A 1943
25 Pounder (65cwt) Artillery

A 25 Pounder of the 154th (Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Artillery Regiment.

154th (LY) Mountain Warfare training in the Lebanon, 7 June 1943.

Lee Enfield No.1 MKIII

This rifle (and bayonet) would have been used by the Leicestershire Yeomanry at "Frezenberg" 1915 WW1.

An Enfield type two band cavalry carbine, barrel 19 in. and of apparent Indian manufacture with notch rear sight and punched decoration to the breech, full-stock with brass furniture, with saddle bar and ring, the butt with circular Enfield brand.


LY with their new "Wireless" Equipment c1908-14


Saber 1899 Pattern

Sabre 1822 Pattern

LYC Presentation Sword

Light Cavalry 1796 Pattern


On the left is "Songster" one of the most loved mounts in the LY ranks, his grave is marked by the LY at West Beacon Farm near Loughborough. Rufford Abbey was the LYPAO mounted staging post prior to WW1 and the names of the LY mounts can still be seen on the stables today. Songster saw service in the first World War and was one of the few that came back.

LY at annual camp May 1929. Camp was held at Stoughton Park. Armed with Sabre and Rifle their role was Cavalry reconnaissance.

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LY Sergeant, 1924

Unknown LY Trooper in Aldershot c1916.

Trooper, Diss Rectory, October 1914.

"C" Squadron on mobilisation in Loughborough 1914

Col Harrison, Beaumanor c1913.

LY Trooper c1913

Staff. Sgt c1912 at annual camp.

LY Sgt c1912, not the best example of a Yeoman's horse compared to the animal above.

Corporal & Trooper in drill order c1906, LY.

LIY Trooper in 1902 wearing the Scarlet embellished khaki Field Tunic.

Ultra rare photograph (1896) of a senior NCO in "Undress" Patrol order

LYC Field Officer in full mounted review order  c1900.

Regimental Sergeant Major c1890

LYC Trooper George Henry Sharpe Smith , Oakham c1897.

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The Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry parading through Humberstone Gate in Leicester c1890's.

Two mounted Leicestershire Yeoman in front of Oakham
Castle, Rutland c1890-05

The Leicester Yeomanry (P.A.O) on parade in Victoria Park in Leicester c1890. Here the regiment is seen in patrol dress. The grey's on the left are the LYC mounted band, the drum horse can be seen front right. The drums do not have drum banners in this picture.

1869 - 1900 Yeomanry Cavalry

Troop = No less than 40 nor more than 60 Troopers including Farriers
Squadron = Consists of two Troops
Corps = Consists of three to five Troops
Regiment = Consists of six to ten Troops

Standards for horses was to be "not less than 14 1/2 hands."

The Leicester Regiment of Cavalry, 30th Sept 1813, near Belgrave Park.