This is the first of four volumes that constitute the official history of all Hertfordshire Yeomanry and Artillery units.
Mounted troops known as Yeomanry Cavalry were raised in 1794 in response to the threat of French invasion. They were maintained during peacetime and provided volunteer mounted troops for service in the South African War. Large-scale reorganisation of Britain’s Auxiliary Forces in 1908 led to the incorporation of the Yeomanry in the Territorial Force, the legal predecessor of today’s Territorial Army. The Hertfordshire Yeomanry’s fortunes from raising in Napoleonic times are followed in Volume 1, which also details the national background. The regiment served in South Africa and throughout the First World War, where it fought in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine and Mesopotamia (now Iraq).
Colonel J.D. Sainsbury was commissioned in the Royal Artillery during National Service, which he spent with a field regiment in Germany. After retiring from a career at the Bank of England, he then spent twenty years as a historical consultant and archivist in the Honours and Awards Branch of the Military Secretary’s Department of the MoD. As a Territorial Army officer he served in local field artillery units and in a variety of staff jobs, until retiring in 2000. He was appointed OBE (Military Division) in the 1997 New Year Honours. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1991 for his work preserving and recording the history of military units raised in Hertfordshire.
ISBN 978-0-948527-03-6; April 1994, 250pp; Paperback