The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (Prince of Wales's Own) 1907-1967 - J. R. I. (John Rowley Innes) PlattLondon: Garnstone Press, 1972, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Black & white plates; Maps; Colour frontispiece; Appendices (13);
From the cover: “The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry was formed in 1791. The oldest of the yeomanry regiments, it continued, with two short breaks, until 1967, when the Territorial Army was abolished. Brigadier Platt tells its story with great interest and humour, from 1907 for the next 60 years. All but ten of them cover peace-time soldiering; but the author has deliberately concentrated on the two wars, when the Regiment saw much fighting, earning itself great distinction. Beginning with Lord Haldane’s Territorial and Reserve Forces Act of 1907, which established the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry in a revised form, the author goes on to deal with the camps and training up to 1914, when it was mobilized. There comes the story of the valiant part it took in the 1914-18 war and its temporary disbandment in 1917. Then Colonel Ulric Thynne, who had commanded it for three years, reformed the regiment in 1920. Many Wiltshire names continue to appear in its annals: Longs, Fullers, Thynnes, Herberts, Awdrys, Palmers, as they have through the regiment’s history.
In 1937 preparations for war began slowly, culminating in mobilization in September, 1939. The following year the regiment moved to Palestine to train, followed by short campaigns in Iraq, Syria and Persia. Meantime tanks began slowly to take the place of horses, and by 1942 it fought in the battle of El Alamein as part of the famous 9th Armoured Brigade, which in turn was in the 2nd New Zealand Division, under General Freyberg. The regiment was commanded by Lieut-Colonel Peter Sykes who was badly wounded in the first stage of the battle, being succeeded by his second-in-command, Major Alistair Gibb. There is little doubt that at Alamein the regiment achieved its finest hour. On the 25th Anniversary of the battle the G.O.C.-in-C. of the 8th Army, General Montgomery, wrote: I must mention the magnificent fight put up by the 9th Armoured Brigade.
After the glory of El Alamein the Regiment went to Lebanon and Palestine to lick its wounds and re-equip. Recovered, it proceeded to Italy where there came the grilling advance up to the Gothic Line, and many brisk and tough actions were fought. Finally, the regiment was brought home in 1944, after nearly five years’ service overseas. There followed some 23 years of peace-time soldiering, until the abolition of the Territorial Army in 1967.
Brigadier Platt tells a stirring tale of the premier yeomanry regiment now living on in the Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve, with its yeomanry tradition of light-hearted comradeship, courage and devotion to duty all its own, bringing it honour and admiration.”