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Our history

The Royal Yeomanry (RY) was formed on 1 April 1967 from several other distinguished Yeomanry regiments, some going back to 1794. Each of the squadrons of the Royal Yeomanry carries forward the traditions and memories of their ancestor regiment.

Royal YeomanryWe are an Army Reserve regiment which means that we are mainly manned by soldiers who have civilian jobs and carry out their military training on a part time basis.

Current deployment

Overall, more than 350 members of the Regiment have deployed on operational tours to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003, distinguishing themselves in many roles, from mentoring the Afghan National Army to fighting as crewmen on armoured fighting vehicles.

Recent History

In 2003 the RY deployed A and W Squadrons to Iraq. These were at that time the two RY chemical defence squadrons and in Iraq they formed Y Squadron of the Joint NBC Regiment. It was the first mobilisation of an Army Reserve unit as a formed body for combat operations since the Suez crisis in 1956.

In recognition of its service in the liberation of Iraq, the Royal Yeomanry was presented with the battle honour 'Iraq 2003', the first and only battle honour presented to an Army Reserve unit since the Second World War.

The future 


The Royal Yeomanry is one of the first regiments in the British Army to rerole to the Light Cavalry role.

As such, we are at the forefront of the current changes to the Army and are proud to carry our illustrious history forward to new roles.

Officer on firing range in Afghanistan

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