Title: The Derbyshire Yeomanry War History 1914 – 1919
Author: Edited by Lt Col G.A.Strutt
Edition: 2nd Edition
Publication Date: 2005
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 211 pages
Comments: War record of a yeomanry regiment that served in Egypt, Gallipoli in a dismounted role and, from Feb 1916 to the end of the war, in Macedonia.
When the Territorial Force (TF) was created in 1908, the Derbyshire Yeomanry, together with the South Notts Hussars and Sherwood Rangers formed the Notts and Derby Mounted Brigade in the 1st Mounted Division. In September 1914 another mounted division was formed, the 2nd, to which the Notts and Derby Brigade was transferred, and in November the division was deployed along the Norfolk coast, the regiment being stationed in Cromer.
In April 1915 the division sailed for Egypt where the brigade was redesignated 3rd Mounted Brigade. In August the division was sent, dismounted, to Gallipoli, landing at Suvla and two or three days later (21st August) the regiment was involved in the advance across the open from Lala Baba to Chocolate Hill in which action losses amounted to 78 with 20 dead. In October the division was withdrawn and sent back to Egypt where it was broken up.
The 3rd Mounted Brigade was ordered to Salonika where it arrived in February 1916. The regiment remained in Macedonia for the rest of the war. This history, primarily intended for members of the regiment, gives a good account of the regiment’s war service at Gallipoli and in Macedonia.
Lie of the land, climate, conditions, health and medical, operations, opinions of Turks, Bulgars and Russians are all discussed and described, and the narrative covers activities in and out of the line. The final chapter contains the list of officers who served overseas with the regiment (67, among them Capt Sir Oswald Mosley), Roll of Honour (79 dead of whom three were officers). list of Mentions in Despatches and Honours and Awards. There is no index.