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The LDY cadre was formed on the first of January 1969.
The M.O.D declared the Cadre regiments would not have Honorary
Colonels, as only units being commanded by Lt. Colonels were
entitled. However, H R H Prince Philip disagreed and remained as
The Cadre comprised of three officers and 5 other Ranks.
The LDY Cadre was an R.A.C Cadre but was administered by 222
(Leicestershire) Field Ambulance R.A.M.C. The Cadre did its
training with H.Q. Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry Regiment (V)
R.A.C. This latter Regiment being an Armoured Recce Regiment.
During the Cadre's life it formed Escort to the Lord Mayor of
Leicester mounted on horses provided by the Army School of
Equitation at Melton Mowbray. It was also honoured when the
Salonika Association laid up their Standard by being asked to
provide Escort to Leicester Cathedral.
Royal Armoured Corps
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Eight Man Cadre
OC Major Bowlby
Captain B Burchnall
SSM Les Richardson
SQMS D Stonehouse
Sgt. Tom Wallace
Sgt. R Kalmand
Cpl. J Sills
Bellerby Camp (Yorkshire) 1969
The LDY (PAO) are on camp as part of the new
Royal Yeomanry Regiment (formed in 1967).
June 7-21 1969
Six of the eight strong cadre of the Leicestershire and
Derbyshire (P.A.O) Yeomanry based at Brentwood road. T.A.V.R.
Centre, left Leicestershire today to spend a fortnights annual
training with the London Headquarters' Squadron of the Royal
Yeomanry in camp at Catterick, Yorkshire.
By coincidence , the Officer commanding the Yeomanry cadre,
Major Pat Bowlby, a farmer of Culverthorpe Hall, near Grantham
will be with his younger brother, Major Rupert Bowlby, a
landscape Gardens designer, of Kingston-on-Thames, for he
commands the Royal Yeomanry Headquarters' Squadron.
The local cadre will take over specific appointments with the
Royal yeomanry Squadron for the duration of the camp at, for
instance, the cadre second-in-command of the Royal Yeomanry
On Sunday week the Royal Yeomanry, the biggest Regiment either
regular or Reserve in the British Army, is holding a Parade at
Catterick at which is hoped that the Leicestershire and
Derbyshire (PAO) Yeomanry Guidon will be on parade, with six
other cadres that will be at camp.
LDY Guidon Party 1969 (Cadre
Sgt R Kalmand, SQMS Stonehouse and Sgt Wallace.
Sherwood Rangers in front and the
North Irish Horse behind.
by Cpl. John Sills LDY PAO
On formation, the Cadre took over and catalogued museum items
returned from other Drill halls (John Sills was responsible for
this). I stores were found 8 dark bottle green jumpers of
superior quality to issue jumpers. These were issued to the
Cravats were bought from funds and issued to the Cadre. Uniform
remained battle Dress, but, Olive Drab combats were on issue and
used in the field.
Some training was undertaken in classrooms. Personally I was
able to train on occasions with 46 Field Squadron, 38 Signals
Regt. which had been formed at Brentwood Road, Leicester. Most
of the personnel were ex-LDY (the LDY was offered a Squadron of
Signals but the Officers and Old Comrades refused it in the hope
that we would get an Armoured role, but instead we got a Cadre).
The Cadre trained with both the Berskshire & Westminter Dragoons
(HQ Sqn, The Royal Yeomanry Regiment) and the then "B" Sqn RY,
the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. On one occasion, going by car to
the Watford Gap service area, mounting a Ferret Scout car and "recce'ing"
up to Husbands Bosworth and fighting back down to Watford Gap.
On another occasion I bussed to Carlton in Nottingham and joined
the SRY which motored to Warcop camp, Westmoreland. I fired
their main armourment and did Troop training. They were, at the
time, equipped with Ferret and Saladins, in which I managed to
get some driving instruction. The LAD were equipped with a
We did two Camps, one at Thetford (Bodney) and one at Leyburn,
at which 8 Guidons were paraded at Aysgarth. At the Thetford
Camp we joined HQ RY and took part in the exercise "Yeoman's
Charge" in 1968. At Leyburn we took part in the exercise in
In 1969 we were approached by the Leicester Gallipoli
Association who asked us to take part in the laying up of their
Standard in Leicester Cathedral, this was done in Blues. I
cannot remember whether the Standard was carried by us or wether
we just formed the escort. The Derbyshire Yeomanry had taken
part in the Gallipoli Battle and that is why we were asked.
We carried out the vigil guard on the Regimental Memorial and
organised the Comrades Association re-unions, also taking the
silver to the DY reunion. Most things are hazy about the Cadre
as so much changed so quickly and it is 30 years ago. Also,
apart from major Bowlby, Colonel Gardiner, Major Birchnall and
myself all of the other Cadre men have now passed on and as a
consequence I cant confirm things.
In 1971 we prepared to raise a Squadron and recieved No. 2 Dress
and DP Combat kit.
The Cafe Royal 1969
2/Lt B Salter, Lt "Kip" Gardener, O/Cdt A Hilton and Lt Luke
Smith. Lt Luke Smith is wearing an original Leicestershire (PAO)
Yeomanry mess kit with "silver lace" leg stripes (Field Officer
: Major and above).