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BOER WAR - IMPERIAL YEOMANRY COMPANIES

Extract from "Absent-Minded Beggars" by Will Bennett

The first contingent consisted of the 1st to 79th Companies, with the exception of the 64th which was not raised. Most of these companies continued with replacements from the second or third contingent units. Those listed as arriving in Beira were part of the Rhodesian Field Force. Where two battalion numbers are given this means that the company switched battalions. Follow the link to see this list in battalion order

Company

Battalion

County/Name

Arrived in South Africa
(1st contingent only, 1900)

1st
1st
Wiltshire
20th March
2nd
1st
Wiltshire
20th March
3rd
1st
Gloucestershire
20th March
4th
1st
Glamorgan
20th March
5th
2nd
Warwickshire
25th February
6th

4th

Staffordshire
21st February
7th
4th
Leicestershire
5th March
8th
4th
Derbyshire
21st February
9th
3rd
Yorkshire Hussars
20th February
10th
3rd
Sherwood Rangers
20th February
11th
3rd
Yorkshire Dragoons
20th February
12th
3rd
South Notts Hussars
20th February
13th
5th
Shropshire
27th February
14th
5th
Northumberland
27th February
15th
5th
Northumberland
27th February
16th
5th
Worcestershire
2nd March
17th
6th
Ayrshire
19th March
18th
6th
Queen's Own Royal Glasgow
19th March
19th
6th
Lothian and Berwick
19th March
20th
6th
Fife and Fofar Light Horse
20th March
21st
2nd
Cheshire
25th February
22nd
2nd
Cheshire
25th February
23rd
8th
Lancashire
5th March
24th
8th
Westmorland and Cumberland
5th March
25th
7th
West Somerset
29th March
26th
7th
Dorset
23rd March
27th
7th
Devon
23rd March
28th
4th
Bedfordshire
5th March
29th
9th
Denbighshire
5th March
30th
9th
Pembrokeshire
6th April
31st
9th
Montgomeryshire
6th April
32nd
2nd
Lancashire Hussars
25th February
33rd
11th
East Kent
20th March
34th
11th
Middlesex
20th March
35th
11th
Middlesex 
20th March
36th
11th
West Kent  
20th March
37th
10th
Buckinghamshire
28th February
38th
10th
Buckinghamshire
28th February
39th
10th
Berkshire
28th February
40th
10th
Oxfordshire
27th February
41st
12th/4th
Hampshire
23rd February
42nd
12th
Hertfordshire 
28th March
43rd
12th
Suffolk
23rd February
44th
12th
Suffolk
28th March
45th
13th
Dublin Hunt
6th April
46th
13th/12th
Belfast
28th March
47th
13th
Duke of Cambridge's Own
8th March
48th
7th
North Somerset
23rd March
49th
9th
Montgomeryshire
6th April
50th
17th
Hampshire
(Beira) 4th May
51st
19th/12th
Paget's Horse
4th April
52nd
19th
Paget's Horse
4th April
53rd
14th
East Kent
29th March
54th
13th
Belfast
28th March
55th
14th/5th
Northumberland

6th April

56th
15th
Buckinghamshire
10th April
57th
15th
Buckinghamshire
4th April
58th
15th 
Berkshire
4th April
59th
15th
Oxfordshire
29th March
60th
17th
North Irish Horse (Belfast)
(Beira) 4th May
61st
17th
South Irish Horse (Dublin)
(Beira) 4th May
62nd
14th/11th
Middlesex
3rd May
63rd
16th/1st
Wiltshire
29th March
64th
 
Not raised
65th
17th
Leicestershire
(Beira) 4th May
66th
16th/3rd
Yorkshire
10th April
67th
18th
Sharpshooters
(Beira) 4th May
68th
19th
Paget's Horse
4th April
69th
7th
Sussex
24th April
70th
18th
Sharpshooters
(Beira) 4th May
71st
18th
Sharpshooters
(Beira) 4th May
72nd
20th
Rough Riders
3rd May
73rd
19th
Paget's Horse
24th April
74th
16th/8th
Dublin
3rd May
75th
18th
Sharpshooters
(Beira) 4th May
76th
20th
Rough Riders
3rd May
77th
8th
Manchester
3rd May
78th
20th
Rough Riders
3rd May
79th
20th
Rough Riders
3rd May
80th
21st
2nd Sharpshooters
81st
21st
2nd Sharpshooters
82nd
21st
2nd Sharpshooters
83rd
21st
2nd Sharpshooters
84th
22nd
2nd Rough Riders
85th
22nd
2nd Rough Riders
86th
22nd
2nd Rough Riders
87th
22nd
2nd Rough Riders
88th
9th
Welsh Yeomanry
89th
9th
Montgomeryshire
90th
23rd
3rd Sharpshooters
91st
23rd
3rd Sharpshooters
92nd
23rd
3rd Sharpshooters
93rd
23rd
3rd Sharpshooters
94th
24th
Metropolitan Mounted Rifles
95th
24th
Metropolitan Mounted Rifles
96th
24th
Metropolitan Mounted Rifles
97th
24th
Metropolitan Mounted Rifles
98th
3rd
North Riding of Yorkshire Volunteer Artillery
99th
8th
Irish
100th
5th
Northumberland
101st
5th
Northumberland
102nd
5th
Worcestershire
103rd
2nd
Warwickshire
104th
4th
Derbyshire
105th
8th
Manchester
106th
4th
Staffordshire
107th
6th
Lanarkshire
108th
6th
Royal Glasgow
109th
3rd
Yorkshire Hussars
110th
2nd
Northumberland
111th
3rd
Yorkshire Dragoons
112th
11th
Middlesex
113th
None
Lovat's Scouts
114th
None
Lovat's Scouts
115th
25th
Sharpshooters
116th
25th
Sharpshooters
117th
25th
Sharpshooters
118th
25th
Sharpshooters
119th
26th
Younghusband's Horse
120th
26th
Younghusband's Horse
121st
26th
Younghusband's Horse
122nd
26th
Younghusband's Horse
123rd
27th
Unknown
124th
27th
Unknown
125th
27th
Unknown
126th
27th
Unknown
127th
28th
Westminster Dragoons
128th
28th
Westminster Dragoons
129th
28th
Westminster Dragoons
130th
28th
Westminster Dragoons
131st
29th
Irish Horse
132nd
29th
Irish Horse
133rd
29th
Irish Horse
134th
29th
Irish Horse
135th
30th
Unknown
136th
30th
if raised, not listed
137th
30th
Unknown
138th
30th
Unknown
139th
31st
Fincastle's Horse
140th
31st
Fincastle's Horse
141st
31st
Fincastle's Horse
142nd
31st
Fincastle's Horse
143rd
32nd
Unknown
144th
32nd
if raised, not listed
145th
32nd
Unknown
146th
32nd
Unknown
147th
33rd
Unknown
148th
33rd
Unknown
149th
33rd
Unknown
150th
33rd
Unknown
151st
34th
Unknown
152nd
34th
Unknown
153rd
34th
Unknown
154th
34th
Unknown
155th to 174th
 
These are not listed but battalions numbered 35th to 39th were raised for the third contingent. At four companies per battalion this corresponds exactly with these company numbers.
175th
29th
Irish Horse
176th
29th
Irish Horse
177th
31st
Fincastle's Horse
178th
None
Lovat's Scouts

Sources: British Battles and Medals published by SPink & Son; Roberts Papers WO105/40; Imperial Yeomanry Companies of the Boer War by Paul Till, Orders and Medals Research Society Journal Autumn 1992; Imperial Yeomanry Missing Designations by Dave Buxton, Coin and Medal News August 1987; South African War Casualty Roll.

Last updated: 15 August, 2008

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