No. 2 Surrey Yeomanry
(see original 1798 description below)
The Surrey Yeomanry was a unit of the British Army first formed as volunteer cavalry in 1794. It was reformed in 1901 and saw varied srvice in World War I. Postwar it was converted to artillery and during World War II one of its regiments distinguished itself defending the ‘Canal Line’ during the retreat to Dunkirk, later serving at Alamein, in Sicily and Italy. Its other regiment served in East Africa, the Siege of Tobruk, and in Iraq and Persia. The regiment’s lineage is maintained today by 2 (Surrey Yeomanry) Field Troop, 579 Field Squadron (EOD), part of 101 (London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (Volunteers).
Original Description of the unit from 1799:
This brilliant Troop was early mounted, and indefatigable in its exertions. For Discipline it is generally acknowledged worthy to rank with the best Regulars. They have been frequently reviewed, and as often received the warmest approbation from the higher powers. Their Standards were presented on Epsom Downs by the hand of Lady Leslie; and their
Colonel, Right Hon. Lord Leslie. Lieutenant Colonel, – Evelyn; Major, Sir Thomas Turton. Captains, John Rice, William Strode, Charles Dunking. Lieutenant Captain, Mr. Jons. Lieutenants, Barines, George Brown. Adjutant, Mr. Wathen. Cornets, Evans, – Norriss.
N.B. Since engraving the annexed Plate, the Body Dress of the Troop has undergone a small alteration.
|Dimensions||25.5 × 32.5 cm|