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Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry
File:KCLY1.jpg
Cap badge of the Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry
Active 1 May 1961-
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Yeomanry
Role Reconnaissance
(1 squadron)
Signals support
(1 squadron)
Size 2 Squadrons
Part of Royal Armoured Corps
(1 squadron)
Royal Signals
(1 squadron)
Garrison/HQ C (KSY) Squadron - Croydon
265 (KCLY) Squadron - Bexleyheath
Commanders
Honorary Colonel The Rt Hon. Sir Nicholas Soames MP
Insignia
Tactical Recognition Flash 100px
Royal Signals TRF.svg

The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry is a unit of the Territorial Army ('TA') that was formed in 1961 as the Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) by the amalgamation of two yeomanry regiments, the 297 (Kent Yeomanry) Regiment, Royal Artillery and the 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).

History[edit | edit source]

The unit was formed in 1961 as the Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) by the amalgamation of two yeomanry regiments, the 297 (Kent Yeomanry) Regiment, Royal Artillery and the 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).[1] It served initially as an armoured reconnaissance regiment until 1967 and the re-organisation of the TA, when it was disbanded and reconstituted as three separate units:[1]

In 1969, the artillery battery was converted to (265 London & Kent) Squadron, part of 71 (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment, the Royal Signals.[1] In 1971, this squadron was re-designated 265 (Kent and County of London Yeomanry) Squadron in 1971 and in 1987 the lineage was transferred to HQ (Kent and County of London Yeomanry) Squadron, part of 71 (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment.[1]

Present day[edit | edit source]

C (KSY) Squadron Royal Yeomanry, Lord Mayor's Show, London 2006

Today, the two squadrons remain as Sharpshooters, one of several old yeomanry regiments to maintain more than one unit within the Army Reserve:

  • 'C' (Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry) Squadron Royal Yeomanry which and wears the cap badge and shoulder flashes of the Royal Yeomanry, and the collar dogs of the KSY.[2]
  • 265 (Kent & County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)) Support Squadron, 71 (Yeomanry) Signal Regiment which wears the cap badge of the Royal Signals and shoulder flashes marked 'KCLY'.[3]

Regimental museum[edit | edit source]

The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum is at Hever Castle in Kent.[4]

Honorary Colonels[edit | edit source]

Honorary colonels have been:[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

Lineage[edit | edit source]

Lineage
Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry 297th (Kent Yeomanry) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles (Duke of Connaught's Own)
Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry
3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)
4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters)

References[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Mileham, Patrick (1994). The Yeomanry Regiments; 200 Years of Tradition. Edinburgh: Canongate Academic. ISBN 1-898410-36-4. 
  • Mollo, Boris, (1970). The Sharpshooters. The 3rd County of London Yeomanry and successor units 1900-1961. Kent and County of London Yeomanry 1961-1970, Historical Research Unit, London.

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