Lincolnshire Yeomanry
The Lincolnshire Yeomanry was a volunteer cavalry unit of the British Army
British Army
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 from 1794–1920.

Boer War

On 13 December 1899, the decision to allow volunteer forces serve in the Second Boer War was made. Due to the string of defeats during Black Week
Black Week
In one disastrous week, dubbed Black Week, from 10-17 December 1899, the British Army suffered three devastating defeats by the Boer Republics at the battles of Stormberg , Magersfontein and Colenso , with 2,776 men killed, wounded and captured...

 in December 1899, the British government realized they were going to need more troops than just the regular army, thus issuing a Royal Warrant
Royal Warrant
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 on 24 December 1899. This warrant officially created the Imperial Yeomanry
Imperial Yeomanry
The Imperial Yeomanry was a British volunteer cavalry regiment that mainly saw action during the Second Boer War. Officially created on 24 December 1899, the regiment was based on members of standing Yeomanry regiments, but also contained a large contingent of mid-upper class English volunteers. In...


The Royal Warrant asked standing Yeomanry regiments to provide service companies of approximately 115 men each. In addition to this, many British citizens (usually mid-upper class) volunteered to join the new regiment. Although there were strict requirements, many volunteers were accepted with substandard horsemanship/marksmanship, however they had significant time to train while awaiting transport.

The first contingent of recruits contained 550 officer
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s, 10,371 men with 20 battalion
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s and 4 companies
Company (military unit)
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, which arrived in South Africa
South Africa
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 between February and April, 1900. Upon arrival, the regiment was sent throughout the zone of operations.

World War I

During World War I , the Lincolnshire Yeomanry formed second and third line regiments known as the 2/1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry and the 3/1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry.

1/1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry

The 1/1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry was mobilised in August 1914 , and formed a part of the North Midland Mounted Brigade and in September were attached to the 1st Mounted Division
1st Mounted Division
The 1st Mounted Division was formed in August 1914 for the home defence of the United Kingdom. It was formed from existing mounted brigades of the Territorial Force, each of three regiments of Yeomanry....

In 1915 they were ordered overseas and departed for Salonika but on route they received order to divert to Egypt
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In April 1916 the Brigade was re designated as the 22nd Mounted Brigade and attached to the Western Frontier Force and in early 1917 moved to the Anzac Mounted Division
Anzac Mounted Division
The ANZAC Mounted Division was a mounted infantry and mounted rifles division formed in March 1916 in Egypt during World War I following the Battle of Gallipoli when the Australian and New Zealand regiments returned from fighting dismounted as infantry...

 and participated in the Second Battle of Gaza.
Another move was made in June 1917,this time they were attached to the Yeomanry Mounted Division and were involved in the Third Battle of Gaza
Third Battle of Gaza
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 and the Battle of Beersheba , later the Division would be re designated and change their name to the 1st Mounted Division
1st Mounted Division
The 1st Mounted Division was formed in August 1914 for the home defence of the United Kingdom. It was formed from existing mounted brigades of the Territorial Force, each of three regiments of Yeomanry....

 the 4th Cavalry Division , while with the 4th Cavalry Division the Brigade again changed its designation and became the 12th Cavalry Brigade.
In April 1918, the regiment left the brigade and their horses to become a dismounted unit of the Machine Gun Corps
Machine Gun Corps
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 , forming "D" Battalion the Machine Gun Corps. It was as the 10th MGC that they moved to France
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 in June 1918 and were attached to the First Army
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2/1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry

The 2/1st Lincolnshie Yeomanry was formed in September 1914 and in July 1916 they were converted into a cyclist unit. This regiment remained in the United Kingdom
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 for the course of the war and did not see any active service.

3/1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry

The third line regiment the 3/1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry was formed in 1915. They remained in the United Kingdom until early in 1917 when they were absorbed into the 1st Reserve Cavalry Regiment.

Post war

On reforming the Territorial Army, after the war the 14 senior Yeomanry Regiments would remain as horsed cavalry regiments (forming the 5th and 6th Cavalry Brigades). Other Yeomanry Regiments were converted into Royal Artillery
Royal Artillery
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Regiments. The Lincolnshire Yeomanry decided they did not want to convert to artillery so the regiment was disbanded in 1920.
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