Essex Imperial Yeomanry

In 1901 the Boer War was raging which had drawn many of the Regular Army Regiments of Infantry and Cavalry.

The War Office then authorised the establishment of some new Regiments in the UK one of which was to raise the Essex Imperial Yeomanry.

This title owed to the success of the Imperial Yeomanry which had been raisedin London and then fought splendidly in the Boer War.

Captain R B Colvin had already volunteered to fight in the Boer War and had raised an Essex Troop which formed part of the Imperial Yeomanry.

Colvin was the choice to establish the new Regiment which he accepted basing it around the existing hunts in Essex at Colchester, Braintree, Epping and Southend.

In 1908 the creation of the Territorial Army saw the regiment change its name to the familiar Essex Yeomanry that we know today.