Leicestershire Yeomanry

The Yeomanry Room is on the first floor of the Carillon tower. It houses a collection dedicated to the Leicestershire Yeomanry which includes uniforms, regalia and various other items associated with the regiment.

The Yeomanry was first raised in 1794 and the words "Prince Albert's Own" were added in 1844, in honour of the then Prince Consort, husband to Queen Victoria. The words can be seen on the regimental drum in the picture on the right.

The regiment saw action in the First World War and the drum also bears a list of the Yeomanry's battle honours which include Ypres, Frezenberg and Amiens, among others.
Trooper Main on Sonster


The Yeomanry Room also tells the story of a horse called "Songster". Mobilised along with other horses from Loughborough in 1914, Songster was sent to France and saw action with Trooper Bert Main.

When World War One came to an end, many horses were put up for sale in France because it was considered too expensive to bring them home, but Songster was brought back to Britain and put on sale in London.

Songster's Memorial
Trooper Main was able to raise the money to buy Songster and bring him back to Leicestershire. He spent his retirement years near Loughborough at West Beacon Farm, Woodhouse Eaves. He died in 1940 and was buried with medals.

Songster's memorial is kept in the Carillon Museum.

Sun Compass

Among the artefacts also displayed in the Yeomanry Room is a sun compass, shown in the picture on the right.

A sun compass works on a similar principle to a sundial, but in reverse. Provided you know the time, a shadow on the compass created by the sun's rays can be used to fix your position and plot your route.

Recent Acquisitions: Collection of Yeomanry, Cavalry and Hussars Cap Badges
(Cat Nos. 2016.37 to 68)

This is a collection of 32 badges of Yeomanry, Cavalry and Hussars regiments.

The names of the units, most now long since gone, evoke images of regiments of men in toy box uniforms dashing across green fields and hedges with hip flasks of cherry wine and brandy.

It is probable that at least some of these badges are what is known as 're-strikes' - that is copies made much later - but this will only be known for sure when an expert collector has seen them and identified the genuine originals.

To see the individual badges, click to go to the Museum Catalogue and enter the keywords "2016 cap badge".

Leicestershire Yeomanry DrumSun Compass