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Over the last ten years we have mobilised 40 soldiers to support operations in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. At present we have six soldiers mobilised to Afghanistan with the Kings Royal Hussars.
With the proposed increase to the Army Reserve announced in The Future Reserves 2020 review, this will be an exciting time for the Army Reserve and the Regiment as a whole. There is the possibility of a change of role and an increase in numbers required to fulfil that role.
To carry this out effectively it continues to need Officers and Soldiers. If you would like to accept the challenge of a career with the Army Reserve contact Capt Clive Pearce on 01271 345471 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of Devon's oldest Regiments, the Royal Devon Yeomanry was formed in 1794, it was first called out for service on the 13th April 1795 in aid of the civil power to put down a riot at Crediton, which had been caused by the high price of bread.
At this time the Regiment was known as the First Troop of Devon Volunteer Cavalry and was later to become the Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry Cavalry in 1801, commanded by Col the Lord Rolle.
Between the years 1815 and 1850 the Regiment was used many times in the internal security role; the last time being so deployed was on 4th November 1867.
The Regiment remained in this form until 1920 when it was amalgamated with the Royal North Devon Hussars to become the Royal Devon Yeomanry Artillery.
At the outbreak of the Second World War the Regiment was divided to form the 96 Regt and the 142 Regt RA. The latter fought in Italy, taking part in most of the major actions of that campaign including the landings in Sicily and Anzio and the battle for Monte Casino. The Regiment survived until 1967 when it was amalgamated with the 4th Devon's to become the Devonshire Territorial's (RDY/1RV) RAC.
With the change of Government policy, in 1971 the Territorial's were again reformed, and on the 1st April a new Regiment was born incorporating three old and distinguished Cavalry Regiments. 'A' and 'C' Squadrons were formed from the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, 'B' Squadron from the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, and 'D' Squadron from the Royal Devon Yeomanry. The Regiment was titled The Royal Wessex Yeomanry.