Appeal for Great War artefacts – East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry 1915-1918

THE EAST RIDING COUNCIL Museums Service is planning to commemorate the centenary of the Great War with a display and other learning activities at the Treasure House, in Beverley, in the autumn of 2014.

The exhibition, which will run for about two months, will look at the East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry and in particular their role in the campaign in Palestine/Egypt during 1915-1918.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry formed part of the Western Frontier Force, which was sent to Egypt, in 1915, to suppress the pro-German ‘Senussi Uprising’. They later saw action at the first, second, and third battles of Gaza.

In preparation for this display, curators working on the project are looking for artefacts, documents and photographs from members of the public.

Dr. David Marchant, the council’s museums registrar, said: “The yeomanry were very much a local regiment, raised almost exclusively from our area. We’ve done small displays on them before, but this is an opportunity to properly commemorate their role in what is a forgotten, but very hard fought campaign when compared with the great battles on the western front.

“If you had any ancestors that were in the East Riding Yeomanry during the Great War and have any related items that you would be willing to loan or donate for the display then please get in touch with us.

“Alongside the display, we are hoping to be able to put together a book of remembrance, with short biographies and photographs of men who served in this important local regiment. It’s a subject I’m passionate about and I’d love to hear your family history stories about your yeomanry relatives.”

Anyone who can help with this appeal is asked to contact Dr. Marchant on 01482 392771 or by email at

Original photographs can be copied and returned to the owner as soon as possible, if so desired.

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