Captain (Quatermaster) A E Gray, MC
Arthur Ernest, gazetted (London), on the 9th of June 1938 retired, late the Leicestershire Yeomanry (Prince Albert's Own) (Hussars).


Capt. Micheal Gillian
Died 10th February 1943 Aged 32

Captain in the Leicestershire Yeomanry.  He was a well known steeplechaser locally and won prizes at the Dingley Races.  He was good-looking and charming and popular at local social events. Michael's daughter, Serena, remembers being told that during the 1930s he went to the help of a victim of Nazi Brownshirts while in a cafe in Germany.  He was beaten up but the German authorities did apologise afterwards.

In February 1943 Michael’s troops, the Kibworth troop, was on manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain.  One contact thinks this was the time when the Royal Artillery was changing over from horses to vehicles. The weather was terrible and he was taken ill after travelling to London in wet clothes.   He took leave and booked himself into the Dorchester Hotel in London where, tragically, he died of double pneumonia.  He left his widow, Grizel and an infant daughter.  Michael is buried in a Commonwealth War Grave in Long Stowe in Cambridgeshire.

 

The Leicestershire Yeomanry training in 1940

 

Sergeant's Mess at Rufford Abbey in 1940 (still Cavalry), included on the front row a Sgt.Major [Casey] from the 3rd Carabineers, an RSM [Bradshaw] from the 9th Lancers, a Major [Palmer] from the 7th QO Hussars.

 

Lt.Col. Saunders & Major Atkins.

 

Nov 25th 1939 all non "Brigaded" Yeomanry converted to Field Regiment Artillery.

"The 153rd (Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment R.A"

"The 154th (Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment R.A"

LY Cap & Collar Badges retained in uniform but R.A buttons worn.

 

Divisional Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division

Rufford Abbey (Regiment Concentration)

(Sept 22nd 1939)

 

5th Cavalry Brigade

(Sept 1st 1939)

 

Trooper N Taylor

(we think?)

The photo is a "period" coloured plate taken post 1928 and pre 1939.

 


The Leicestershire Yeomanry (Blue/Red Hoops) v The Rest of the British Army
Tigers Ground, Welford Road, Leicester. September 1939.

Back Row: I.Shaw, Heard, Dennis, E.W.Darnhill, Morris Buckingham, Hubbard

Third Row: G.B.Herbert, J.Caven, J.T.Hubbard, G Waterson, D.E. Foxon, S.N.Bevan, G.Altman, H.Key, D.R.Charles, T.W.Edmundson, H.Siddall-Aldwinkle, J.D.Black, Woolaton, W.A.Sharp.

Second Row: Lt.J.S.Heywood, Lt.Col.Rowland.Spencer, Capt.M.Babbington-Smith, B.Hazelgrave, P.J.Lambert, Major Palmer RA, Lt.Col.M.R.Simpson RA, Lt.J.Salmon RA.

Front Row: F.L.Beech, L.Newby, B.J.Marriott, D.Evans, P.Coveney, W.Ward, P.Lowe, F.J.Ellis.

 

A bit of spit and polish outside the stables which served as billets at Oadby racecourse, Leicester, in August 1939.

 

 

Leicestershire Yeomanry c1939 at summer camp prior to the War.


Download a short film here (10mb)

 

Leicestershire Yeomanry c1939

A record of the Leicester Yeomanry (Prince Albert's Own) at their annual summer camp by Eric Gore-Brown of Glaston House, Rutland.
For more info:- http://www.macearchive.org.uk/Media.html?Title=794#


The full length photograph was taken at Oakham, Rutland, in 1939. In the background can be seen the railway crossing that is near the centre of the town. The three young men are Eric Montgomery of Thurmaston, Dusty Miller of Oakham, and Percy Potter of Thurmaston.

The head and shoulder photograph was taken in early 1940 and shows Percy, left, and Eric, right. The uniform worn by Percy shows very clearly the regimental badge of the Leicestershire Yeomanry. The lower scroll of the badge bore the inscription South Africa 1900-02. This was in recognition of the battle honour gained by the regiment during the Boer War, when members of the regiment made-up companies of the Imperial Yeomanry force.


Leicestershire Yeomanry Sports c1938



Leicestershire Yeomanry (Arab Enemy) c1938



Captain Hon. George Charles Spencer
b. 15 August 1903, d. October 1982

He gained the rank of Lieutenant in the service of the Leicester Yeomanry (Territorials). He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the 33rd (St. Pancras) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Artillery (Territorials).

 

Major Gore-Browne talking to the Adjutant (7th Hussars)  

Northumberland (Haltwhistle) Camp 1936.

 

Leicestershire Yeomen following the river Tyne, Northumberland (Haltwhistle) Camp 1936.

 

Leicestershire Yeomen following the river Tyne, Northumberland (Haltwhistle) Camp 1936.

 

Leicestershire Yeomen following the river Tyne, Northumberland (Haltwhistle) Camp 1936.

 

RHQ, Northumberland (Haltwhistle) Camp 1936.

 

Captain Lord Willoughby de Eresby with his squadron following, Northumberland (Haltwhistle) Camp 1936.

 

 

LYPAO Senior Ranks with members of the Royal Tank Regiment circa mid 1930s.

 

 

The Officers, Warrant Officers and Sergeants

7th Queens Own Hussars and The Leicestershire Yeomanry (Prince Albert's Own)

Aldershot 1932

 

Band Master G T Acres

On 12 August 1923 Acres was appointed the Bandmaster of the Leicestershire Yeomanry (Prince Albert’s Own), a position he held until 1928 when he joined the Royal Guernsey Militia as Bandmaster. As Lieutenant Bandmaster he retired from his position due to ill-health in 1939 and was awarded 100 as mark of appreciation by the States of Guernsey. For his long service in the Leicestershire Yeomanry and Royal Guernsey Militia, Acres was awarded the Efficiency Medal (Guernsey), this published in List 8 of Army Order 27 of March 1948. He was awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal with Annuity by Army Order 14 of January 1949

George Thomas Acres was born on 3 May 1874, studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and joined the Army in July 1892. As a Private, and later a Lance-Corporal, in ‘A’ Squadron, 21st Lancers, he took part in the Sudan Campaign of 1896-98 and was present at the battle of Omdurman, 2 September 1898. He later transferred to the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards, with which regiment he served until he left the Regular Army in 1923. He entered Kneller Hall as a Student in 1903 and on 22 July 1907 was appointed Bandmaster of the King’s Dragoon Guards. In 1908 Acres was awarded one of the special Jubilee Medals commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. The Emperor who was honorary commander of 11 non-Austro-Hungarian regiments, including the King’s Dragoon Guards, awarded this special version of the jubilee medal in gold, silver and in bronze to certain members of the regiments concerned; Acres was awarded a medal in bronze. Acres was also awarded the Delhi Durbar Medal 1911, the King’s Dragoon Guards being present on that occasion. As Bandmaster, K.D.G., he was awarded the Army L.S. & G.C. without gratuity, notified in A.O. 92 of April 1911. During the Great War the K.D.G. served on the Western Front but it appears that Acres did not serve with the regiment overseas until his service in Iraq. Bandmaster Acres left the Army with a pension on 12 August 1923

Medals:- An outstanding Omdurman charger’s group of nine awarded to Warrant Officer Class 1 (Bandmaster) George Thomas Acres, 21st Lancers, afterwards 1st (Kings) Dragoon Guards and Royal Guernsey Militia.

Queen’s Sudan 1896-98 (3473 Pte., 21/L’crs.); British War Medal 1914-20 (D-715 W.O. Cl. 1, 1-D. Gds.); General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Iraq (D 715 W.O. Cl. 1, 1-K.D. Gds.); Delhi Durbar 1911, unnamed; Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (715 Bndmstr., 1/Dgn. Gds.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue (389418 W.O. Cl. 1, K.D.G.); Efficiency Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, Guernsey (301 W.O. Cl. 1, R. Guernsey Mil.); Austria, Jubilee Medal for Foreigners 1908, silvered bronze (To Mr G. T. Acres Bd. Mr. 1 K.D. Gs.); Khedive’s Sudan 1898-1908, 1 clasp, Khartoum (21st E. of I. Lancers 3473 Lce. Corpl. G. Acres)

 

Regimental Headquarters : Magazine, Leicester.

 

Col. Sir Geoffrey Codrington, HRH the Duke of York and Major. Thomas Hay

HRH the Duke of York

KG KT GCMG GCVO

(1926) Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment as "Prince Albert's Own", an honour which was keenly appreciated by all ranks as well as by the two counties (Leicestershire & Rutland).

 

Colonel F G Blair, CB, CMG

Honorary Colonel

Commandant of the PAOLYC from 1895-1905.

 

Leicestershire Yeomanry Officers, 1937.

Commanding Officer: Lt.Col. Gore-Brown.

 

Colonel. Sir Geoffrey Codrington, KCVO, CB, CMG, DSO, OBE, TD

Commanding Officer 1922-29

 

Col. Codrington escorting Lieutenant General Sir Charles Toler MacMorrough Kavanagh KCB KCMG CVO DSO down the ranks of a Squadron of the Regiment circa 1925.

 

Officers of the Leicestershire Yeomanry

(Photo from THE TATLER, No.1096, June 28 1922)

The Tatler : Officers of the Leicestershire Yeomanry who have completed their annual training, and are, like the rest of the threatened regiments of this fine old force, going stronger than ever. The names from left to right, are : At back - Lieutenants  Barnard, Gretton, Spencer, Byron, Wellesley-Wesley, Dickson, Booth, and Saunders, and Captain Clapperton, R.A.M.C.; in front - Captain Henderson (The Royals), adjutant, Major Gore-Brown, D.S.O., Major Codrington, Lt.Col. W Byron, O.C., Major Hay and Major Part.

 

Major Codrington, Lt. Col. W Byron O.C. and the Adjutant Captain Henderson (Royals) leading the Regiment circa 1922.

 

Major T W Hay, T D

Second-in-Command 1922-29

 

2ic Major T W Hay leading off A Squadron with Squadron Leader Major Gore-Brown DSO looking at the camera.

 

Lieutenant E.F.S. Morrison RAMC (TA)

Leicestershire Yeomanry silver salver. A fine example by the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. Ltd. of 112 Regent Street bearing London hallmarks for 1935. Ten inch diameter with stepped ornate scalloped rim and supported on four ball and claw feet. The centre is engraved with the Leicestershire Yeomanry cap badge device surrounded by 19 facsimile signatures. Around the edge 'Presented to Lieutenant E.F.S. Morrison RAMC (TA) by the Officers in the Leicestershire Yeomanry on the occasion of his Marriage Nov 19th 1935'.

 

2/Lt Ian Fenwick

A Second World War campaign group of six awarded to Major Ian Fenwick, 1st Special Air Service Regiment and Army Air Corps, killed in action during operation 'Gain' 1939-45 Star; Africa Star, clasp, 8th Army; Italy Star; France and Germany Star; Defence and War Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaf emblem, these all unnamed as issued but sold with named condolence slip (Major Ian Fenwick) extremely fine E200-300 M.I.D. London Gazette 10 May 1945 Ian Fenwick was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Leicestershire Yeomanry in 1937 After serving with the Royal Artillery and King's Royal Rifle Corps, He Joined the Special Air Service, having gained his wings with the Army Air Corps. He commanded "D" Squadron, 1st S.A.S., during operation 'Gain', parachuted into France on the night of 16th/17th June 1944, with six men. Working on foot some thirty to fifty miles south of Paris, in the gap between the Loire and the Seine, they proceeded to blow up railway lines and, working with the French Resistance, Fenwick's party derailed many trains. This was all occurring too near the Gestapo's Paris stamping ground to be long tolerable, and finally a double agent enabled the Gestapo to raid Fenwick's base. On the 7th August, 1944, the base was surrounded by a large enemy force. The base party was successful in breaking out, while lan Fenwick was out on an operational patrol at the time. On his way back He received garbled reports which must have indicated that most of his party had been captured. "It was typical of him" wrote another officer, "that his first thought should be for the safety of his men. It was in an attempt to relieve them immediately that, after successfully attacking an enemy column, He was ambushed in his Jeep and killed instantaneously. Thus died a very gallant Englishman." Ian Fenwick was a noted cartoonist for Punch and other magazines. The lot is sold with further research including a copy of his book Enter Trubshaw, which was published shortly after his death in 1944, with a Preface by David Niven who had been a friend of Fenwick since his childhood days.

 

Air Vice-Marshal J E 'Johnnie' Johnson
 Born on 9 March 1915 in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire James 'Johnnie' Johnson attended Loughborough School and then Nottingham University graduating as a civil engineer in 1938. Failing to get into the Auxiliary Air Force and the Volunteer Reserve at his first attempt, he joined the Leicestershire Yeomanry. But shortly after this, the Air Ministry invited him to attend a selection board for the VR, in which he was successful and became a Sergeant Pilot (under training). Undertaking his training at weekends at Stapleford Tawney and Marshal's at Cambridge before Service flying training at RAF Sealand, being commissioned in 1940. Operational training at Hawarden was followed by his first posting to No 19 Sqn at Duxford.

 

 

Squadron HQ: Melton Mowbray

Squadron district : LEWIN BRIDGE  on the FOSSE WAY over RIVER WREAK - along the FOSSE WAY to BROUGHTON LODGE - then the county boundaries of Leicestershire and Rutland to the bridge over RIVER WELLAND 1/2 mile S.S.E of GREAT BOWDEN exclusive - along L.M.S Railway to the crossing over HARBORO' - TUR LANGTON Road - EAST LANGTON exclusive - CHURCH LANGTON exclusive - SHANGTON exclusive - along the SHANGTON-TILTON Road to TILTON exclusive - along the TILTON-QUENIBOROUGH Road to QUENIBOROUGH exclusive - thence along the QUENIBOROUGH Brook to LEWIN BRIDGE.

 

Major R.P. Spencer

Leicestershire Yeomanry Silver Presentation cigarette box. "The lid of this box is engraved with the regimental badge to the centre and the signatures of friends. To the front the inscription Major Spencer with Best wishes from the Officer's of A Squadron 1932. The interior retains wooden lining. One or two small dents, GC." E30-50 Major R.P. Spencer was appointed to this rank in 1930

 

Melton Troop, Lt Lord Willoughby de Eresby and Sgt Goodwin.

 

A Sqn LY in Melton Mowbray on Armistice Day 1932.

 

Permanent Staff SSM W N Jones

William Neville Jones was a 7th Dragoon Guard, he transferred to LY 24 Aug 1920
Extended tour of duty in 1923, 1924 and 1925 until (writing unclear) termination of engagement 7. 5. 1927. In 1923 his address was Drill Hall, Oakham and on his death he was buried in Sysonby, Melton Mowbray. After his service within the LY he had a long association with the Remount Depot (RAVC) in Melton Mowbray. His Great War record shows that he was also part of the Machine Gun Corps (Cav) in 1916 and this might indicate an association with Major E R Hanbury (Oakham) who was also part of the MGC(Cav) before his death in Flanders (see WW1 page,  Major E R Hanbury) , hence the link with the LY.

(Many thanks to Roger Jones, Netherlands, Grandson of William)

 

Only half a picture of A Squadron on annual camp c1920, SSM Jones (7DG) is seen in the photo. Note the Sergeant next to him is wearing what appears to be a Sam Browne belt with the shoulder strap on the left shoulder (Lt. Spencer is the Officer).

 

Squadron HQ: Leicester

Squadron district : LEWIN BRIDGE  along A Squadron WESTERN boundary to the junction 1 mile S.S.E of BARSBY - thence to HUNGERTON inclusive - HOUGHTON -ON-THE-HILL inclusive - GREAT STRETTON inclusive - GREAT GLEN inclusive - NEWTON HARCOURT inclusive - along RIVER SENCE to the FOSSE WAY - along the FOSSE WAY - along the FOSSE WAY to BRAUNSTONE inclusive - crossroads at HIGH WAY SPINNEY - thence a line through THURCASTON GLEBE LODGE to WANLIP inclusive - along RIVER SOAR to the junction with RIVER WREAK - thence along the RIVER WREAK to LEWIN BRIDGE.

 

Sgt K Walker

Ken Hibbert

Jack Hatton

Bernard Marriott

Cyril Evans

Harry Skelson

Doug Coltman

 

Oadby Troop in February 1940, the horses ears are pricked towards their Troop leader B Brassey as he blows his hunting horn. The soldier inset is Tpr. Freddy Draycott, later to be in 153 (LY) F.Rgt, RA.

 

Signal Troop, B Squadron in 1938. Led by Sgt. Ken Walker.

 

Sgt Ken Walker c1938

 

Jack Edwards

Trooper Jack Edwards, Signals Section, Headquarters Company B Squadron LY. Read an account of his War stories below (there is an error in the description of the Regiments badge in this account).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/63/a4370663.shtml

 

Leics Yeo on exercise in c1927-8, the inset picture shows the NCO arm badge of the 8th Hussar Sergeant that is with the group (shoulder title is 8H on magnification). The 8th Hussar is probably a permanent staff instructor.

 

 

 

Squadron HQ: Loughborough

Squadron district : Along the LEICESTER - COALVILLE Road from B Squadron boundary to COALVILLE exclusive - along the L.M.S LEICESTER - BURTON Railway to the WESTERN county boundary - thence along the WESTERN and NORTHERN county boundaries to SIX HILLS - thence down the FOSSE WAY to LEWIN BRIDGE.

 

Major E GORE-BROWNE DSO, TD.

COL. SIR ERIC GORE-BROWNE, Kt Bachelor (1948), DSO (1918), OBE (1939), TD (1926), of Glaston House, Rutland, High Sheriff of Rutland 1957, Barrister-at-law, Inner Temple 1909, Lt-Col cmdg Prince Albert's Own Leics. Yeo.

Post Office Rifles / Leicestershire Yeomanry DSO, OBE, TD group. Awarded to Colonel Sir Eric Gore-Browne, who was commissioned into the Post Office Rifles and was the Commanding Officer at the time of its disbandment in 1922. Comprising: Knight Bachelor breast badge, Distinguished Service Order Small flake to enamel of left front arm, Order of the British Empire, 1914/15 Star "Capt 8-Lond R", British War Medal, Victory Medal, MID "Major", War Medal, 1935 George V Jubilee Medal, George VI Coronation Medal, Territorial Decoration GVR, French Croix de Guerre. The group is mounted for display and is accompanied by a quantity of original paperwork and research material. GC. Colonel Sir Eric Gore-Browne, London Gazette entry for the DSO is dated 1st January 1918, OBE 8th June 1939, MID 11th December 1917 and French Croix de Guerre 31st August 1917. He was commissioned into the Post office Rifles on the 15th January 1912, at the outbreak of the war he proceeded with the Battalion to France landing on the 18th March 1915. He was appointed a Staff Officer, serving at the War Department and held various Staff Appointments. At the end of the war he undertook a highly successful career as a merchant banker and remained with the Post office Rifles, he was appointed Lt Col Commanding the Battalion and it was his sad duty to address his men on the disbandment and amalgamation of the Battalion, with the 7th London Regiment. In 1933 he was appointed Lt Col Commanding the Leicestershire Yeomanry a post he would hold until 1938 when he was promoted to a Colonel on the Staff in 1939. In 1938 he was also appointed an Additional ADC to King George VI. At the outbreak of the Second World War he was serving as a Staff Officer, but in 1943, he was appointed Controller of Rubber, but had to give up this post a year later when he was appointed Chairman of Southern Railways a post he held until nationalisation in 1948. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor 1st January 1948. He died on the 28th May 1964.

 

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Leicestershire Yeomanry (C Sqn) at Rufford Abbey c1939

 

C Squadron, Circa 1930.

Sgt Major Harry Pool is seated 3rd from left. Lance Corporal Frank Gibbins, top row and second from right

 

Garendon Troop, C Squadron, 1933.

Back row: Tpr Haines, ????, Tpr. R Bunting, ????, ????, ????, ????, ????

Front row: Tpr. Ray Cross, ????,????, Sgt Jack ?, Lt. R.A.G (Dolly) Tilney, ????, Tpr. Fred Schepens, Tpr. Eric Gamble

 

Sgt. Reginald Gibbins, circa 1930, leading his Troop.

 

Frank Gibbins back row first left and Corporal Bernard Gibbins is kneeling on the second row first left. The above photo is taken post 1920 but pre 1928.

 

Tpr 546747 John William Lock

 

Tpr Lock's Medals, he joined the LY in 1926 (Cook) and then transferred to ACC in 1941 (after loss of horses).

 

 

Tpr. Headley at Rufford Abbey c1939.

 

C Sqn on inspection by the Hon.Col. F G Blair CB CMG in 1933.

 

"C" Sqaudron (at ease) on Regimental Church Parade, Lubenham, Market Harborough c1928. Sgt. Bert Main on the front row and SSM Harry Poole can be seen in the second row just behind Bert.

 

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Sgt. Bert Main (528942)

Medals Five: Sergeant B. Main, Leicestershire Yeomanry British War and Victory Medals (1905 Pte., Leic. Yeo.); Defence Medal 1939-45; Territorial Efficiency Medal, G.V.R. (528942 Sjt., Leic. Yeo.); Efficiency Medal, G.V.R., Territorial (528942 Sjt., Leic. Yeo.)

Medal Index card confirming entitlement to pair, change of number and award of Efficiency Medal under A/O 177 of 1924.

 

 

 

Squadron HQ: Market Harborough

Squadron district : All that portion of Leicestershire lying outside the other Squadron areas detailed above.

 

OC Major C. J. Henry

c1925-28

 

Part of "D" Squadron in Market Harborough, 3rd of September 1939.

 

D Squadron Sergeants at Stamford Camp, Burleigh, Lincs, May 1939, with a Permanent Staff Sgt. Major from the Scots Greys. Sgt Jackson is on the back row (4th from left) and Sgt Freer (2nd from right).

 

Annual camp at Burghley Park in Stamford, May 1939.

Back row from left to right: Jack Clark, Freddie Coe, L Ellis, Mick George, Sid Clipston, Sammy Jerrick, Tich Marlow, Bill French.

Front row from left: R Boothby, Freddie Goodman, Sid Arnold, George Burditt, Len Atkins, Jim Bentley.

 

 

 

Leicestershire Yeomanry Memorial in Bradgate park, Leics.

(Un veiled July 19th 1927)

 

Sgt. A Roe (17520)

TA No: 266177

1914 Star, War Medal 194/18, Victory Medal 1918, TA Efficiency Medal.

 

Sgt. P P Harris (255157)

GEORGE V TERRITORIAL EFFICIENCY MEDAL TO 255157 SJT. P. P. HARRIS LEICESTER YEOMANRY

 

L/Cpl James Henry Gunn

LY Boxing Cup 1925

 

Leicestershire Yeomanry Old Comrades' Association

(1921)

 

Leicestershire (P.A.O) Yeomanry (Post 1920)
Leicestershire (P.A.O) Yeomanry (Post 1920)
A Squadron B Squadron C Squadron D Squadron
Melton Mowbray Leicester Loughborough Market Harborough