7 June 2014
Sussex Yeomanry 1908-1914
This post will look at numbering in the Sussex Yeomanry between 1908 and 1914.
The Sussex Yeomanry did not start numbering from 1 in 1908 but rather continued with the numbering sequence which it had used when it was the Imperial Sussex Yeomanry. Thus 575 Henry Harris who joined the Sussex Yeomanry on 22nd May 1908 was actually a yeoman of some experience. He had originally been issued with this number when he joined the Imperial Sussex Yeomanry in December 1902 - and Henry was far from the longest serving man to transfer over in 1908.
By 1914 the regiment's disposition was as follows: headquarters and A Squadron were based in Brighton with drill stations at Horsham, Worthing, Hayward's Heath and Crawley. B Squadron was based at Lewes with drill stations at Burgess Hill, Eridge, Brighton, Uckfield, Tunbridge Wells and Hayward's Heath. C Squadron was at Chichester and had a single drill station at Bognor. Finally, D Squadron was based at Eastbourne and had drill stations at St Leonard's, Bexhill and Rye. The Sussex yeomanry formed part of the South Eastern Mounted Brigade.
1147 joined on 20th February 1909
1287 joined on 28th February 1910
1358 joined on 14th February 1911
1495 joined on 5th March 1912
1620 joined on 27th February 1913
1739 joined on 22nd February 1914
1798 joined on 6th August 1914
1929 joined on 9th September 1914
2153 joined on 5th October 1914
2284 joined on 3rd November 1914
2375 joined on 31st December 1914
A 2/1st battalion was formed in September 1914 as a second-line battalion to train and supply men to the 1/1st Battalion. A 3/1st battalion would be formed in July 1915 and it would train and supply men for the 1/1st and 2/1st Battalions. The three battalions all shared the same number sequence.
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