Officer, Norfolk Rangers, 1783

The Norfolk Rangers (1783) merged to form the Norfolk Light Horse Volunteers (1794); disbanded (1807)

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The Norfolk Rangers were raised by Lord Townshend at Raynham in 1781. In 1794 the Rangers merged to form the Norfolk Light Horse Volunteers, disbanded in 1867. In May 1901 a new regiment, The King’s Own Norfolk Yeomanry, was raised. With the Suffolk Yeomanry they became the 108th Field Brigade, Royal Artillery (‘RA’), after the WW I. In 1939 it again became a regiment and fought from as the 65th Anti-Tank Regiment, RA. Amalgamated again as the 308th (Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry) Regiment, RA. During the TA reorganisation in 1967 the unit was reduced to battery size as 202 (The Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry) Battery, RA, part of 100 (Medium) Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers). The battery was equipped with the 105 mm light gun, but re-roled as an air defence unit, transferring to 106th (Yeomanry) Regiment RA in 1999. Re-roled again it became No. 677 (Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry) Squadron AAC, part of 6 Regiment Army Air Corps in 2006. Squadron HQ and A Flight are at Bury St Edmunds, B Flight at Norwich and C Flight at Ipswich. The original uniform is like that worn by light dragoons, green becoming popular in the fighting in North America. It was worn by jaeger corps in Germany. He wears the usual light dragoon helmet, which was worn by no other army and was possibly one of the most decorative and practical head-dresses designed for military use.

Source: Portrait of Sir Martin Bourne Ffolkes, Bart, in possession of the family (in 1967).


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Weight 0.012 kg
Dimensions 24 × 37 cm