South Africa 1900-02 to 1912
Parade or Walking Out Dress
** Please note that for illustration purpose only, some pictures have been coloured, this is to give the viewer a representation. Please see the true colours of uniform in the "ceremonial" section.

Captain W.F. Martin 1911 (Killed in action on 13th May 1915, Frezenberg) is wearing a complete dismounted review order (Lieutenant's Pattern Dolman, although he is wearing three pips).

Trooper 1911 (Coronation)

Leicestershire Yeomanry trooper’s cap c1911
Found on an auction website:
"A peak cap of dark blue wool with scarlet cap band and piping. Complete with small white metal cap badge. The inside with a paper label W.T. Alldridge B squadron. Clean condition"

Trooper A E Baker c1910

Unknown Trooper, c1910

Unknown Troopers ready for Church Parade, c1911

Here you can see (c1910) that the Troopers are wearing their stable & fatigue dress underneath their blue serge patrol jackets. Note the peaked forage cap is plain blue, the badges are the white metal LIY type and the buttons are the white metal LYC or LY Prince Albert's Own type.  

Fatigue & Stables

Jacket: Rough blue serge stable suit, with white metal regimental buttons. A red serge waistcoat was worn underneath the jacket with a white collarless shirt and brown leather lace up stable boots.
Headdress: Red knitted cap with a tassel. These had been worn since the 1890's and were peculiar to the Prince Albert's Own.

Camp c1911 (Melton Mowbray), red knitted hats and serge waistcoats can be clearly seen.

Drill Order
Trooper and Corporal c1910.

Drill Order c1910
Uniform: Blue Jacket, blue Peaked cap with  LIY Cap and collar badges, cord breeches (drab), brown boots, brown leather gaiters and hunting spurs. A scarlet red waistcoat would have been worn under the blue serge jacket. 

Leather gaiters.

Here you can see the transition period where the LY stop wearing the Red/Khaki uniform and revert back to a blue serge jacket c1907.

A painting showing a later change in the officer dress.

This officer group picture was taken c1903, as you can see some of the officers wear the Red/khaki uniform, note that the cuffs do not have the Austrian knot that appear on the other ranks uniform. Captain. The Hon. P C Evans-Freke wears the slouch hat from his recent service in the 2nd Boer War.

Senior NCO's have single twist silver cord shoulder cords and wear the white buff crossbelt.

 Fig 1 Fig 2  
Drill Order c1903

Jacket: Serge mixture with stand collar; the collar shoulder straps and trefoil braiding on the sleeves are the colour of the regiment's facings (scarlet); LIY in brass on the shoulder strap. Brass buttons LIY encircled with "Prince Albert's Own".
Breeches: Bedford Cord, with a narrow welting
of the same colour of the facings on the outside seams.
Forage Cap: {Fig 1} Drab coloured soft felt hat with badge (Pattern1). {Fig 2} This appears to be the full Army Blue forage cap.
Accoutrements: Brown leather gaiters, boots, hunting spurs and tan gloves.

*** The colour of the uniform above has been added as a representation only, this is not the true colour of the khaki, red or Army blue.

South Africa 1900-02
Battle Dress

Lt. The Hon. P C Evans-Freke pictured here in the uniform of the Imperial Yeomanry, his folding Forage cap is the "Imperial Yeomanry" with a small white metal badge of the Imperial Yeomanry (Prince of Wales Feathers) with gilt coronet. It had a purple body and peak with a red crown and gold piping and the buttons were gilt with white metal POW feathers and gilt coronet. According to W Y Carman's book on Yeomanry Headdress, the purple seems to have indicated the "Imperial purple" of Rome and was kept by some new Yeomanry Regiments (Westminster Dragoons and the Rough Rider's for example).
Standard Imperial Yeomanry Rosettes
Showing maker variation in the Prince of Wales badge.

Lt. F W Martin in Imperial Yeomanry uniform 1900.

Lt. P C Evans-Freke (pipe) and SSM Ewart (binos) recce the terrain from the "Tiger's Kloof", a highpoint between Bethlehem and Harrismith, South Africa.

The slouch hat was worn in the 2nd Boer War by the Imperial Yeomanry and also the Cavalry Pith Helmet, the elongated blunt back shape proved efficient in protecting against being struck on the back of the head. Made from  "Cork Pith", covered in cotton twill and a cotton turban, this hat was often "dunked" in water, before wearing, to create an evaporation effect for cooling the wearer.


Caricature of Lt. P C Evans-Freke 7th Coy, Imp. Yeo., riding across the veldt. Watercolour by Snaffles (C J Payne 1884-1967).