Hello and welcome to Yeoman.
Yeoman is a dedicated Living History Group formed to preserve the memory of the Great War Yeomanry Cavalry. Our aim is to portray the Essex Yeomanry soldier and First Aid Nursing Yeomanry auxillary from 1914 to 1918 though lively displays and living history.
We parade as a Squadron from the Essex Yeomanry Regiment and a Field Ambulance of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry.
Events are held are various locations throughout the country and we can be booked for a specific occasion, event, film work or to give advice.
What is a Yeoman ? A Yeoman is a member of a Yeomanry or volunteer cavalry regiment in the British army. The Yeomanry were originally raised to defend British shores against a possible invasion attempt by Napoleon. The Yeomanry were so called because their membership was originally comprised of landowning farmers (or Yeomen as they were then known). Almost every county in Great Britain had its own Yeomanry regiment. By the time war broke out in 1914, the Yeomanry had become a part of the new 'Citizen's Army'- the Territorial Force and there were 57 Yeomanry regiments, their manpower being largely drawn from the rural and farming communities of their respective counties.
As historical interpreters, our aim is to educate and inform about the role of the British Territorial Cavalry, the Yeomanry, during the Great War of 1914 - 1918.
We provide an insight into the lives of the men of the 1st Essex Yeomanry and their horses during this period. We also look closely at the women's war, examining the role played by those women who volunteered their services at the front.
This site should give you an idea of who we are and where and how you can see us.