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Worcestershire Yeomany

Worcestershire Yeomany

Worcester Yeomanry - living history

A group of enthusiasts brings to life the Worcestershire Yeomanry, and their 200 year history. Careful research has been done to ensure that their uniforms and equipment is authentic.

The Worcester Yeomanry are a group of military history enthusiasts dedicated to recreating a military unit formed at the height of the Napoleonic Wars.

In 1797 the Worcestershire Yeomanry was formed to back up the regular army, in case of invasion. 

Their commanding officer was Lieutenant Colonel John Somers Cocks, the first Lord of Eastnor castle.

They trained at Eastnor Castle, Bevere, Madresfield Court, Strensham Court, Kempsey, Pitchcroft and Powick Hams.


  • They were formed in 1797.
  • They disbanded in 1827, only to be reformed four years later.
  • The son of their first commanding officer, Lt. Colonel John Somers Cocks, served as Aide-de-Camp to the Duke of Wellington.
  • A Worcestershire Yeomanry instructor, Edwin Hughes, was a survivor of the charge of the Light Brigade.
Worcester Yeomany

Worcester Yeomany


  • The helmets they wear are exact copies of an original piece held by Worcester City Museum.
  • Officers helmets have bearskin crests with leopard turbans, ordinary troopers have black sheepskin with a black silk turban.
  • The swords they carry are the standard 1796 light cavalry pattern.
  • Troopers carry replicas of the Elliott style carbines. 

You can read more history and see more photos on the Worcester Yeomanry website.  Photos on this page used with their kind permission.

last updated: 08/07/2009 at 15:11
created: 08/07/2009

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