Hello and welcome to Yeoman.
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 costumed 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.