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E (Lothians and Border Yeomanry) Sqn


E Squadron role

This is the Command and Support Squadron of the SNIY and as such provides a host of functions for the Regiment. This includes a Command team, a Training Wing, a Transport Section, an Administration Cell, a Logistics Department, a Welfare Cell, a Command Troop, 2 Support Troops, a Medical Post, an Influence Troop, an Intelligence Cell and a Military Provo (Police) Cell. This provides a wealth and breadth of opportunities for individuals based in this Squadron.

Within this the Command and Support Troops provide a Light Cavalry capability which is employable across a wide range of operations, from Peace Support Operations through to major Combat Operations. Its aim is to get out among local populations to find the enemy and key local personalities, understand the local cultures and sensitivities and influence as required.

The Squadron is formally paired with a regular Light Cavalry Squadron from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards based in Leuchars (Scotland). Over the past 12 months, our soldiers and officers have been involved in a variety of overseas operations and exercises, including Afghanistan, Cyprus, Germany and the USA.


E Squadron is equipped with Weapons Mounted Installation Kit (WMIK) Land Rovers, which are highly mobile weapons platforms carrying Heavy and General Purpose Machine Guns. Our soldiers train to crew and fight from these vehicles - each RWIMK requires a driver, gunner and commander. Some of the training is relevant to civilian work, for example, all RWMIK drivers can get their civilian drivers licence (if required) and Category C driving licence free through the Army and get paid for this training.

The Squadron employs Chefs, Medics, Storemen and Clerks in support of the combat troops. Training in all these supporting trades is provided and in most case has comparable civilian qualifications including City & Guilds.

E Squadron history


The Lothian and Borders Yeomanry started out in 1797 to counter the threat of invasion by France in the late 18th Century and in the 1900s saw service in the Boer War in South Africa. 

After being reduced to an Armoured Car Regiment the unit saw heavy fighting in both World Wars, suffering heavy casualties and losses. 

Post World War II the Squadron went through periods of dormancy before being adopted into the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry as a Light Cavalry Squadron.

Sports and Social

E Squadron sport Our soldiers take part in adventurous training and other social activities at every opportunity. This can include:


  • Overseas tours
  • Battlefield tours
  • Skiing
  • Sailing


Opportunities to attain formal sporting and adventurous training qualifications through the Army are abundant. 

There is a strong social side to the Squadron as well, with various events throughout the year.

Visit us to find out more. We are based in Redford Barracks, Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH11 0PP. We train every Wednesday night, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, and on average one weekend a month.

If you are interested and want to find out more then come and see us on a Wednesday night between 7.30-9.30pm. Alternatively email SNIY-E-AO@mod.uk or telephone 07825 231 914.

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