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Hertfordshire Yeomanry helmet plate. Worn on the w/m Dragoons helmet. c1880s to 1914.[?]

Not 100% sure when this was introduced. The central devise dates back to 1852 when it was worn by the South Hertfordshire Yeomanry  Cavalry on a black lacquered helmet.

 

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Hertfordshire Imperial Yeomanry  slouch hat badge 1901-1906.

[Recently purchased. Many thanks Malcom]

 

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Introduced as a collar badge in 1901 [lugs]. Became the other ranks cap badge from 1906 to 1920.

Between the wars the RA cap badge was worn.

After the introduction of Battle dress in 1940 it was sometimes  worn on the field service cap and coloured f/s cap. Worn from 1943 on the black Armoured corps beret by 86th Field Regt. 

 

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Between the wars Service dress. Note the Y-RA shoulder titles.

 

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This silver plated badge was introduced in 1943 for officers of the 86th Field Regt. Worn on the black RAC beret. It was worn until 1953.

It was taken into use again in 1961 by officers of the newly formed 286th [Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry] Field Regt.

 

I have two examples of this badge. One with long lugs.

 

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The w/m o/r and silver plated officers cap badges worn between 1953 and 1961.

 

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Officers collar badges in bronze, silver plate and brass. First introduced in 1901. A [viewers] left facing hart was also worn as an officers cap badge.

 

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Also the Hart badge was worn on the shoulder strap beneath the rank 'pips' on OSD when RA collar badges were worn.

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 Shoulder titles.

HIY was worn 1901 to 1908. [Although photos exist of it being worn much later. cWW1 by second line units].

HY also exists.

TY HERTS 1908/9 onwards.

Y HERTS 1917-1919

Y RA 1920-1940

 

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Buttons.

The Harts Yeomanry Cavalry [crown pattern]. First introduced in 1831 for all ranks of. the South Herts Yeomanry Cavalry. From 1901 became an officers button. Worn until the end of WWI.

Reintroduced between 1947 and 1961.

 

The Herts Imperial Yeomanry button in w/m was worn 1901 to 1914 on scarlet walking out dress.

 

Herts Yeomanry button g/m. Unofficially introduced c1917. 

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This gold anodised aluminium [a/a] badge was worn from 1961 to c1967. By 286th [Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry] Field Regt.

Officers wore the silver plated version.

They wore Bedfordshire Yeomanry pattern collar badges. Officers in frosted silver and gilt. O/Rs in gold a/a.

 

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201st [Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry] Battery, RA.

 

Formed in 1967. I think it was at this time the Hart badge was dropped in favour of a RA gun badge.

These collar badges were introduced. Gilt for officers and gold a/a for o/r.

 

The embroidered officers mess dress collar badge was I believe also worn on the coloured f/s cap and possibly the beret [?]

 

The Pegasus was worn by 201st battery in commemoration of their predecessor 419 Heavy Battery of 52nd [bedfordshire Yeomanry] Heavy Regt, RA. Who gave much needed artillery support to the 1st Airborne Div at Arnhem in 1944.

 

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For anyone interested in the Hertfordshire Yeomanry I would recommend these three books.

 

The Hertfordshire Yeomanry an illustrated history 1794-1920

The Hertfordshire Yeomanry Regiments. part 1. The Field Regiments 1920-1946

  "           "                     "                "        .  part 2. The Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regt 1938-1945 and Search light Battery 1937-1945. Post war units 1947-2002.

 

By JD Sainsbury.

 

Also     D-Day to Arnhem with Hertfordshire's Gunners. By Major Robert Kiln.

 

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Nearly forgot these. What look like OSD quality but in other ranks pattern.

Maybe W/O.

 

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A cracking and focused collection, Graham! I really do like that IY badge. If only my Northamptonshire Yeomanry selection was as competent; and my knowledge on the badges come to think of it!

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A superb collection Graham, very good, great badges.

 

Interesting to see the interwars photo where it clearly shows the RA cap badge, YRA titles and Herts yeo collars.  If you did not know the history you would think it was put together, especially the cap.

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As there is quite a lot of confusion as to the Hertfordshire Yeomanry cap badges, I thought I would try to show them all in one place and in chronological order.

 

Top row LtoR

Herts Imperial Yeomanry  1901-1906

Herts Yeomanry o/r's g/m  1901[as a collar] 1906-1920

Officers service dress bronze [this is a collar] but worn on cap [blades ?] 1902-1920

RA gun badge worn on service dress cap 1920-1940 [with Herts Yeo collars]

 

Mid row LtoR

Herts Yeo o/r's collar badge possibly worn on field service cap. Definitely in at least one photo on the coloured f/s cap. Definitely worn on the black RAC beret by o/r's 1943-1953. [86th Field Regt].

Officers frosted silver plate badge, worn on black RAC beret. 1943-1953.

Q/C o/r's w/m 1953-1961.

Q/C Officers s/p 1953-1961.

The Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry o/r's gold a/a 1961-1967.

The Herts and Beds Yeo officers silver plate badge reintroduced 1961-1967.

 

Bot row LtoR

RA gun badge. Q/C o/r's gold a/a. 1967-

Not 100% sure where this one fits in, if at all. Good quality badge [see badges for opinions section]

The common repro/fake.

Often misidentified as Herts Yeo. This is a 2nd Volunteer Battalion The Bedfordshire Regt collar badge. Also worn by Berkhampstead school as a cap badge. [slider]  

 

That's it as I see it. All opinions, corrections and comments more than welcome. This was worked out using the various books by JD Sainsbury.

 

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Just got this  1953-1961 Hertfordshire Yeomanry officers cap badge on long lugs. it is  marked P for plated and is maker marked JR GAUNT LONDON

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