Cap Badge Variants
National Archives, RACD Records Vol 18, Page 34 : Leics Yeo badge Patt 8895/1916-22 - Obsolete on 24/4/1922 (Other Ranks)
Other Ranks
To date there is no photo evidence confirming the use of this badge by the Officers. It is likely that the Officers used the previously issued "tri-scrolled" badge out of preference.

Gilding metal  later and last variant.

2nd/1st LYPAO Trooper and his wife, the photo is circa 1920-22. He is also wearing the Y/Leicester shoulder title that indicates post Great War.

Bronzed metal  later and last variant.
* Note to collectors:- This badge will be in many old collections and probably marked as an Officers OSD. This is wrong, only the other Ranks of the home defence 2nd/1st Leicestershire PAO Yeomanry wore this badge and only as a cap badge (see below).

An NCO from the 2nd/1st Leicestershire Yeomanry.
The image is from a School of Musketry course and the photo was taken by a photographer from Pirbright.

A very worn example of the "bronzed" ORs cap badge.

2nd/1st LYPAO Badges

A :-  Gilding metal x2 N/S looped;  B :- Bronzed metal x2 N/S looped; C :- Gilt washed copper alloy, clasp pin  sweetheart badge.

1st/1st LYPAO Badges

A:- Gilding metal x2 loops N/S; B:- Gilding metal x2 loops N/S; C:- Gilding metal (Crimped Slider); D:- Gilding metal (Pin & Clasp) Sweetheart badge.

KK1423 with crimped slider.

A picture of a 1st/1st LYPAO Trooper circa 1916 with the variant seen below.

KK1423 x2 N/S looped, possibly the second issue.

1st/1st LYPAO Sgt. Thurlby Hack MM (Frezenberg survivor) is wearing what is thought to be the first issued "W" scroll variant.
The above badge is a "variant" ,  x2 N/S loops and probably the first to be issued.

The badge above is the same badge, just in a different light setting.

Photo circa 1922, at least three LYPAO appear to be wearing the "Patt' 3620/1922" O/R  badge above, the rest (apart from the LY "Army Service Corps" men ) are wearing the "Patt' 8895/1916" badge. The Staff Sergeant is wearing the "W" Type in his cap.

The first public rendition of the new PAO Leicestershire Yeomanry cap badge in 1916.

Publication :- The War Illustrated
Date:- 1st January 1916
Plate:- "Badges of British Yeomanry & Territorial Regiments"