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Old 09-07-18, 10:54 PM
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Default The Royal Wessex Yeomanry at Lulworth Castle

From the Regiment's Facebook page:

Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers from Regimental Headquarters and all 5 Squadrons of The Royal Wessex Yeomanry, paraded in glorious summer sunshine in the grounds of Lulworth Castle.

It has been an event in the making for the last 47 years as up till now there have been individual Squadron Guidon’s. Sunday 8th July 2018 therefore marks the day that The Royal Wessex Yeomanry joined all of its battle honours, all 42 of them, on to one new Guidon. See an earlier post.

The Royal Regimental Honorary Colonel, His Royal Highness Prince Edward, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, presented the Guidon to the Regiment during a traditional military Drumhead Service conducted by the Army’s Chaplain General, The Reverend Doctor David George Coulter QHC CB.

Thanks must be extended to Weld Family at the Lulworth Estate for allowing the Regiment to Parade within grounds of Lulworth Castle and to the Band of the Royal Yeomanry

It was a great day for the Regiment, the Regimental family and the Combined Old Comrades Associations and one that we will remember for many years.
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Old 10-07-18, 08:11 PM
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Some really good pictures there.
A few questions now :-
Is the new cap badge being worn ?
Whats the pouch badge ?
And lastly ,one squadron appear to be wearing an arm badge of some kind . Which squadron and whats being worn ?
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Here's a closer image of the pouch badge.

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The five Squadrons of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry:

A (Dorset Yeomanry) Squadron
B (Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry) Squadron
C (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars) Squadron
D (Royal Devon Yeomanry) Squadron
Y (Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry) Squadron

It seems from the photos that that a common "Wessex Wyvern" cap badge is worn with different collar and arm badges with various cross-belts for each squadron in No1 and No2 Dress.

The pouch badge looks like the arm badge previously worn by the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars.

The "Fern" arm badge was awarded by Lieutenant General Sir Bernard Freyberg VC in WW2 in recognition of the support given by the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry to the 2nd New Zealand Division during the Battle of El Alamein.


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Not a 'Wessex Wyvern' Badge a Dragon Badge.

The OC at the time decided to ignore all the military traditions in the Wessex region and adopt a badge resembling the old West Somerset Yeomanry Badge.
We have had this discussion before on this badge and the regiment are very defensive when chalenged over their choice of animal on their badge.
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G'day Mick

A great set of photos. Notice that the driver of the vehicle in photo 4 has a red cap and appears to be wearing a Motto !!

Regards Phil.
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Thanks for the correction. However, the "Wessex Wyvern" or "Dragon Badge" seems so mythical a beast as to be unavailable to collectors!

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