Leicestershire & Derbyshire
(Prince Albert's Own)
Yeomanry Squadron

7th  (V) Royal Anglian Regt, 1971-75
Sqn HQ Detachment
Melton Mowbray Ilkeston


The LDY PAO Squadron was formed on the 1st April 1971 from the Leicestershire & Derbyshire (PAO) Yeomanry Cadre.

The LDY PAO Squadron was a separate unit within the 7th (V) Royal Anglian Regiment.

The LDY PAO Sqn remained as part of the Royal Armoured Corps and wore it's own badges and uniforms. It's personnel carry R.A.C ranks and hold R.A.C trades. The Squadron came under R.A.C records for pay and trade classification etc. but was otherwise administered by the 7th (V) Royal Anglian Regiment.

LDY Sqn kept all it's old Regimental associations and the Squadron was commanded, initially, by Major O.F.B. Burchnall.


Royal Armoured Corps


LDY Squadron Standard


HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

Honorary Colonel.

Visiting the Squadron at Thetford,  29th October 1975, with OC "Kip" Gardener TD.


HRH prize giving, with a Derbyshire Dragoon Trooper honour guard in the background. Sgt Gary Bliss (ex 9/12L) from Melton Mowbray, here winning the inter Platoon competition in front of Prince Philip in 1975.


OC Major. "Kip" Gardener

OC Major. A T C Haywood

OC Major. O F B Burchnall

Capt. Luke Smith

SSM Geoff Marshall (2)

SSM Les Richardson (1)

Cpl Gary Bliss

Cpl Mick Fendell

Cpl Chris Garratt

Cpl Rod Jones

Cpl Butcher Jones

Cpl Jan Janowski

Cpl Graham King

Cpl John Sills

L/Cpl Smith-Cameron

L/Cpl Pete Waldron

Tpr REJ Boyle

Tpr John Webster


Wretham "A" Camp, LDY Sqn, Royal Anglian c1971.

Back Row (Left to Right): L/Cpl Pete Waldron, Cpl Rod Jones, Cpl Jan Janowski, Cpl Gary Bliss, Cpl Mick Fendell, Cpl John Sills, Cpl Chris Garratt, ?.

Front Row: Cpl Graham King, ?, Cpl Butcher Jones, L/Cpl Smith-Cameron, Tpr John Webster, ?.