On the history trail: East Riding Yeomanry’s preparation for battle

The East Yorkshire Yeomanry march through Pocklington's Market Place.
The East Yorkshire Yeomanry march through Pocklington's Market Place.

A large military camp was set up in Camp Field at Ousethorpe on Saturday 6 June 1908 by the four squadrons forming the East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry.

Their purpose was to practice a large military exercise in preparation for a perceived possible invasion force that would land at Bridlington with the aim of taking the city of York and secure the North of England.

The whole exercise was reported in the “The Howdenshire Chronicle and Pocklington Weekly News” for Saturday 13 June, 1908.

The Hull squadron and the Bridlington troop had the longest ride, but they were not the last to reach the camp, having set out in good time in the morning.

Shortly after 4pm the last squadron had arrived. This was C Squadron from York and district, comprising the York, Fulford, and Wheldrake troops.

Colonel J.B. Stracey-Clitherow, commanding the regiment, drove over from Hotham Hall, and arrived in camp about 5pm on Saturday.

A number of the men who were unable to get away on Saturday rode into the camp on Sunday from various parts of the East Riding and joined their squadrons.

See this Thursday’s paper (13 June) for the full story and for more pictures.