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Nottinghamshire Yeomanry

Territorial Force:

  • Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers) 1/1st btn
  • Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers) 2/1st btn
  • Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers) 3/1st btn

       Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers) were a mounted unit of the Territorial Force with its HQ at Retford. They were part of the Notts and Derby Mounted Brigade.

    19th Jan 1915 Zeppelin Raid  Zeppelins L3 and L4 participated in the first raid over England on the night of the 19/20th January 1915. The two German Zeppelin airships crossed the Norfolk coastline at around 8.30pm. Having crossed the coast the L3 turned north and the L4 south. The incendiary bombs were dropped to enable the pilots to navigate to their chosen locations Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn where they dropped their bombs.

    I went to see what the light was. I found that they had dropped a fire-bomb on a house. It had gone through the roof and the bedroom floor, making a hole large enough to crawl through, and setting the bed on fire, in which were two children. I went in, and helped to put out the fire. The poor women and the two children were terribly frightened, but they were not hurt. I heard the noise from the Zeppelin for five minutes, and then it cleared off. There was no time to get a shot at it. Private William Smith, Sherwood Rangers.

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    Those known to have served with

    Nottinghamshire Yeomanry

    during the Great War 1914-1918.

    • Hoaen George. 2nd Btn.
    • Milbanke John Peniston. Lt.Col. (d.21st Aug 1915)
    • Roberts Ernest. Pte.

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    Lt.Col. John Peniston Milbanke VC. Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers) (d.21st Aug 1915)

    John Milbanke aged 42 is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Gallipoli, Turkey. 10th Bart. he was the son of the late Sir Peniston Milbanke, D.L., J.P. and Elizabeth Milbanke; husband of Leila Milbanke, of 19, Manchester Square, London. Served with the 10th Hussars in the South African War. He had received V.C. during the Second Boer War in 1900.

    An extract taken from the London Gazette, dated 6th July, 1900, records the following:- "On the 5th January 1900, during a reconnaissance near Colesberg, (S. Africa), Sir John Milbanke, when retiring under fire with a small patrol of the 10th Hussars, notwithstanding the fact that he had just been severely wounded in the thigh, rode back to the assistance of one of the men whose pony was exhausted, and who was under fire from the Boers who had dismounted. Sir John Milbanke took the man up on his own horse under a most galling fire and brought him safely back to camp."

    s flynn


    George Hoaen 2nd Btn. Cheshire Regiment

    My father always said my Grandfather George Hoaen, who was in the Cheshires his number was 9204, was shipped from India in 1914 straight into battle still in their tropical kit. My Grandfather was fortunate to come through the war alive, though not uninjured he had a 20% disability pension. Subsequently, he served in the Royal Engineers, and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, before being demobbed in 1919.

    Andrew Hoaen

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