Leicestershire (P.A.O) Yeomanry
Officer group c1895.
Major Harrison on the front row second from left is wearing a
Dragoon pleated patrol jacket of the period. Major Harrison was
a 1st Dragoon prior to joining the Yeomanry and therefore used
his old Patrol jacket. The rest of the officer group wear
the standard patrol jacket with undress white patent leather cross
belts. The Sabretache
would be plain black and the sword slings are sliver lace on red
morocco leather. The shoulder chains (detachable) are sewn onto
red barathea and are buttoned at the top of the shoulder, the
jacket shoulder strap would slide through a loop fixed to the
reverse of the chains and the chains then fixed in place by hook
clips sewn to the jacket. The rank fixing would be nut and bolt
type and the shoulder button would be a screw in type.
A Trooper of the PAOLYC in patrol dress, 1895.
Officers Field Service Dress as seen in photo of Aston Camp
1890 (on review by the Brigade Colonel), also showing
the horse throat plume.
(left)A Lieutenant of the late 1800's, this officers
busby lines are hooked up to the left chest. Also note his
overalls are lined with leather for mounted order, also
note that there are no shoulder cords indicating c1870-85.
(Right) A 2nd Lieutenant at annual camp in 1895 with shoulder
cords and pips.
The following is a description of uniform I collected in 1991:
This information is based on a photograph of Captain
Edward Finch (c.1873) late 6th Dragoons, an officer with
the Crimean Campaign Service.
Headdress: Black Sable busby, approximately 9
inches deep at the front and 10 inches at rear with a scarlet
bag, let 1 1/2 inches into the top, silver interlocking chin
chain; the cap lines are three in number around the body and of
silver cord; the plume is white out of scarlet Egret, with
silver ring and socket.
Uniform: A blue cloth shell jacket edged around
the bottom, front leading edge and collar in silver lace, and
silver cord forming a figure of eight, 2 1/2 inches deep at the
base of each back seam, was worn. A scarlet collar edged at the
bottom in silver cord, had the rank insignia embroidered in gold
at each front side; approximately 17 loops of silver braid
across the chest, fastened with silver ball buttons, four half
silver ball buttons on each row, at the top of the tunic on each
collar bone was an Austrian knot and curl. Silver cord piped
back seams with a crow's foot at the top of each seam and an
Austrian knot and curl at each waist. The scarlet cuffs were
heavily decorated with silver cord and figure braiding, denoting
Trousers: Dark blue loose fitting
overalls with double red stripes (and at this period black
leathered) were worn; black boots steel spurs and white cotton
Accoutrements: A silver lace pouch belt
approximately 2 inches wide and lined with a blue morocco
leather and with a light/dark blue silk in the centre; sliver
prickers and chain, buckle, slide and tip. (** This is possibly
the cross belt of the 6th Dragoons of the period). Then
suspended a silver pouch bearing the "L.Y.C" cypher in gilt
surmounted by a silk crown, with a scroll of gilt below
impressed, "Prince Albert's Own". Sword slings were silver lace
as were the Sabretache slings. The Sabretache was black leather
faced blue with silver plated "L.Y.C" cypher with crown above,
scroll inscribed "Prince Albert's Own" and edged all around with
lines of silver cord about two inches apart and vandyke pattern
lace running between.
1844-70 Undress pattern.
Weapon: From the photograph the sword appears
to be the 1822 pattern light cavalry sword with the three-bar
hilt in steel, with silver sword knot.
1822 Pattern light Cavalry Sabre
Left is the LYC "C" Squadron senior
officer in 1899 (Captain Everard De Lisle), notice the high
level of detail in the lace work on the cuffs & collar, this
represents an "Hussar" Captain, on his left is an LYC
PAOLYC Senior NCO
Yeomanry School of Instruction, Aldershot, 1896.
PAOLYC Trooper c1890
The Leicester Yeomanry (P.A.O) on parade in Victoria Park in
Leicester 1890. Here the regiment is seen in patrol dress. The
officers appear to be wearing the Hussar pattern patrol jacket,
this would have 7 large rows of braid band and flap on the front
(see blues dress). Senior NCO's
wore the same jacket but with 5 rows of braid and other ranks
wore a stable jacket with red pointed cuffs and stand collar
with twisted lace shoulder cords. In 1893, after new work on
Victoria Park, the area was considered too small for the
Leicestershire Yeomanry to drill on.
This is a painting of an LYC Captain in full dress c1880, the
cross belt is incorrect.
Leicestershire (P.A.O) Yeomanry
List of Clothing Issued to Yeoman 1899
||Busby, 1 bag, 1 plume, ring and
||Set line, 1 circle
||Pair Pants (new), 1pair part won, if
any in store
||Pair gloves, brown dog-skin, paid
for by members
||pair jack boots, half price paid by
yeoman, viz: 15/6
LYC NCO 1899, note the "Hanoverian" Crown
also used in the Victorian period by Prince Albert (also seen on
the LYC buttons). The outer rows of buttons also appear to be
large ball pattern like the centre row. There also appear to be
two small ball buttons on the back of the cuff.
Note the "Pill Box" forage hat changes with rank. Rank insignia
is taken from a photo of C Squadron 1899.
LYC Troop Sergeant c1890, in full dress. The blue would be "Army
Blue" almost black in colour.
Two mounted Leicestershire Yeoman in front of Oakham
Castle, Rutland c1890-05
LYC Trooper c1887, note the platted Busby cord.
Corporals of Horse
Troopers. Cuffling (Brothers), Mountsorrel, Leics. LYC 1870.
LYC Trooper c1870
LYC Trooper c1870, showing long boots and riding breeches. The
Busby is the "taller" early 1800's version and would look a mid
brown in colour.
Trooper Crowdell PAOLYC
Pictured circa 1868-70
(Photo: Laura Barker)
Cornet Edward Hartopp PAOLYC, late
of the 10th Hussars, pictured circa 1868-70 and an un-named Trooper of the LYC
pictured between 1858-68.
This is a painted photograph of an LYC Officer group in 1868
PAOLYC Officers c1861 in undress, note the "black" cross belts.
The seated Officer with helmet is in Dress Uniform.