The collection is housed in five rooms within the basement of the Court House Warwick. It covers the period 1794 to 1956 when the Warwickshire Yeomanry amalgamated with The Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars.
Broadly speaking the collection is divided into two parts:
The exhibits cover nine distinct phases of the Regiment’s history and consist of Weapons, Uniforms, Guidons, Portraits, Cavalry Saddlery, Wall size photographs, Medals, Muster Rolls, Military musical instruments, Jewellery and smaller pieces of soldier’s equipment and examples of these are shown.
In recent years digital images of the exhibits have been added to our computerised accession records and this resource can be viewed within the Museum on request or by appointment.
Examples of the exhibits are shown.
Sergeant's Full Dress Coatee
This uniform was worn during the period 1833-56 and has written on the sleeve in ink, the name George Unett and the year 1834. As this Officer joined in 1831 he would have worn the French grey kit, but would have obtained the new scarlet uniform on the change in 1833. At some stage this Full Dress Officer’s Coatee has been adapted for wear by a Sergeant. Another example of this rare uniform can be seen in the National Army Museum.
Smith and Wesson Revolver
Smith and Wesson Revolver usually with 5 rounds loaded and an empty chamber which the hammer rests on for safety.
Over 500 exhibits are on display.
Silver Promissory Tokens
Silver Promissory Tokens each inscribed 'Warwickshire Yeomanry enrolled 25 June 1794', and on the reverse 'promissory token issued by Thomas Welch second troop 1794'.
The Archives contain a considerable number of photographs, photographic albums, newspaper cuttings, maps, official forms, nominal rolls, casualty lists and some personal biographies and diaries. Some of this material has been used to develop specific DVD's covering specific periods in the Regiment’s history.
Work has commenced to develop an Archive data base. It being acknowledged that a fully searchable database will take several years to build.
The Museum holds a considerable number of Warwickshire Yeomanry Medal Index cards for the First World War and these are proving to be a valuable starting point when answering research enquiries.
Typical Medal Cards
See the different units this man served in and more importantly his numbers to be able to trace him.
A medal card of a soldier Killed in Action. The significant date of the 8th November 1917 the day of the Charge at Huj.
The archives may be viewed on request or by appointment.