LY Trooper c1916
Other Ranks Mounted Pattern
The coat was from khaki wool and
double breasted for warmth, but was only knee length. The
reduced length also removed the necessity for troops to lift the
bottom of the greatcoat with hooks to prevent it from getting
excessively muddy or wet. The front was secured by 4 large
British General-Service brass buttons on each side. Under the
collar, there is a flap to enable the wearer to close the collar
in the up-position during inclement weather.
The Other Ranks mounted pattern greatcoat is in many respects,
very similar to the officer's privately purchased "Trench Warm"
and was almost certainly influenced by the officer's overcoat.
Unlike the Other Ranks dismounted Troops greatcoat, there
was no rear box pleat or rear belt with buttons.
An extremely rare photograph of B
Squadron LY in Flanders 1915 in patrol order.
Un-identified LY Officer c1914
Swords were taken to Flanders by the Regiment but they were
never used in action.
The Colonels actual Identification Disc from the battlefield.
|WW1 Identity Disc (spare)
||Lt. Col. P C Evans-Freke,
Commandant LY (PAO).
Officer's "Trench Warm"
The officers overcoat was commonly referred to as
a "Trench Warm", or as just a "Warm". The British Trench Warm
was made from wool and double breasted for warmth, but was only
knee length. The colour was typically much lighter than the
issued OR's greatcoat. This 1916 dated example of a Trench Warm
is knee-length and double breasted with brass Captain's pips on
the shoulder straps. The front is secured with leather covered
LY Trooper 1914, taken in Aldershot.
Hand written note on the back of postcard:
LY Trooper 1914, note the cap badge is the "LIY" type with the
"I" removed. The badge also appears to be an old collar badge
due to its size.
|LY Troopers in Aldershot 1914
||LY Sgt 1914
Lt. Eddie de Lisle, LY c1914 (b.1894 d.1957)
Un-identified B Sqn Trumpeter at Diss October 1914.
An LY Trooper in Drill Order c1914.