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East Riding Yeomanry, 1903-1918

These web pages look at the men who joined the East Riding Yeomanry (hereafter ERY) in the period from its creation until the Armistice at the end of the First World War. The research developed out of a major exhibition "Cavalry, Camels & Camaraderie: The East Riding Yeomanry in the Great War". This exhibition took place in 2014 at the Treasure House in Beverley, and was part of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s WWI centenary programme.

Alongside this exhibition, a complementary publication "One Hundred Lives: The East Riding Yeomanry in the Great War" was produced, (still available at the Treasure House, priced £5.00). This included short biographies of a selection of 100 individuals who served in the ERY, accompanied by images of each soldier.

The success of the exhibition led to a decision to continue collecting information and images relating to ERY soldiers to be published in time for the centenary of the end of the war in November 2018. These web pages and linked documents are the fruits of that research.

The main elements of the ERY web pages are as follows:

  • A brief history of the ERY from its creation until the end of the First World War.
  • A database of about 2500 named individuals, including information on where they were born/lived, service histories, civilian professions, marital status, memorials etc. This can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet by visiting the Database page.

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Group photograph of a squadron of ERY
Group photograph of a squadron of ERY. ERYC Museums collections
Machine gun team, Egypt 1918
Machine gun team, Egypt 1918. ERYC Museums collections

Drawing on this database and a host of information sources, the following pages look at various aspects relating to the men of the East Riding Yeomanry in 1902-1918:-

  • A list of abbreviations used in this project
  • The officers
  • The Non-commissioned officers (Sergeants, Corporals etc.)
  • The other ranks
  • The civilian professions of ERY men
  • The religious affiliations of ERY recruits
  • Casualties
  • Medals and awards
  • Data on sickness and physical fitness & other reasons for discharge from service
  • Mental health and disciplinary issues within the regiment
  • Conclusions

There are numerous questions that can be asked of the data, some being easier to answer than others. How were men recruited to the ERY and what patterns can be detected from the data, i.e. how local a regiment was the East Riding Yeomanry?  Did recruitment patterns change over time? What can we say about the officers of the regiment - for example; were there many internal promotions from the ranks? And what information do we have on casualties, not only those men killed, but also wounds, mental health issues or long term sickness? Also considered on these pages is the evidence for gallantry medals and other awards to ERY men. And on the other hand, what can we say about less worthy behaviour within the regiment, both military offences and civilian crimes too?

Finally, the database attempts to say something about the personal life of the Yeomen after they left the regiment, where this can be discovered. So data on marriages, burial places, probate and various other topics can be found within the database.

Elsewhere, you will find a number of other linked resources: -

Images of individual ERY soldiers. Over 350 individuals have been identified during the research project and you can view many of their portraits on the Humber Museums Partnership Flickr page using the link below.

Humber Museums Partnership Flickr page (external website) 

Transcribed diaries / memoirs of ERY soldiers can also be found on the Museums website on our WWI resources page.

We hope that you find this information useful and that it stimulates you to pursue your own research. We would welcome any additional information you might be able to provide.