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Martin W.

Leicestershire Yeomanry (Prince Albert's Own).

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The Leicestershire Yeomanry (PAO) was a yeomanry regiment first raised in 1794 and again in 1803,which provided cavalry and mounted infantry in the South African War and WWI provided the field artillery regiments of the Royal Artilley in WWII.

In 1957 amalgamated into The Leicestershire and Derbyshire (PAO) Yeomanry.

The regiments lineage is currently perpetuated by B (Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry) Squadron of the Royal Yeomanry.

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Leicestershire Imperial Yeomanry, c. 1902-1904

A gilding-metal other ranks (ORs only) head-dress badge; a "first pattern" badge of which it is estimated that around eight hundred were only ever made.

When worn on the peaked forage cap it was backed with a shaped piece of scarlet cloth.

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Leicestershire Imperial Yeomanry, c. 1904-1908

An ORs cap badge in white-metal (additionally made in gilt-metal too) with lugs.

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Leicestershire Yeomanry, *1915-1916

The sealed pattern card for this very gildling-metal version with a slider is dated, 1915. And subsequently this very badge was then made obsolete at a time in 1916, whereupon the design adopted was that of the example in very first post of this thread.

1910-1915

Whilst the version with the slider is dated 1915 on the sealed pattern card, the "LY" badge design existed with lug fittings from approximately 1910 onwards; this badge can be found in both gilding and white-metal.

1908-1910

Post the reformation of 1908 and during a transitional period the former "LIY" cap badges appear to have been utilised with the "I" purposefully and carefully removed for wear on the head-dress.

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