Fife and Forfar Yeomanry

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry

caption=Cap Badge of The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry
dates= 1793-1956
country= UK
type= Yeomanry
role= Armoured
size= One Regiment
nickname=The Fifes
motto= Pro Artis Et Focis (for Hearth and Home)
march= Quick March(band) - "Wee Cooper of Fife"; Slow March(band) "Bonnie Dundee"
identification_symbol_2_label=Stable Belt Colours

The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry (FFY) was an Armoured Yeomanry Regiment of the British Territorial Army from 1793 to 1956 when it was amalgimated with the Scottish Horse.

It was raised to counter a the threat of invasion by France in the late 18th Century but first saw service in the Boer War. The Regiment saw heavy fighting in both the Great War and World War II.

Today the combined regiments are perpetuated by "C" (FFY/SH) Squadron of The Queen's Own Yeomanry based in Cupar in Fife.


The Fife and Forfar Light Horse

*The Forfar Troop (aka The Angus Cavalry)
Raised in 1793 but it was not until 1875 when they attached themselves to "the Fife Light Horse".

*Fifeshire Light Dragoons (a Fencible Cavalry unit)
Raised in 1798 was renamed "The Fife Yeomanry Cavalry" soon after, it name again gaining the designation “Royal” to its title in 1814 after receiving the thanks of both Houses of Parliament for its services.

*Fifeshire Mounted Rifle Volunteers
In 1860 "The Royal Fife Yeomanry Cavalry" was re-roled as "Fifeshire Mounted Rifle Volunteers" (FMRV) were under the command of the Earl of Rosslyn.

*1st Fifeshire Light Horse Volunteer Corps
The "FMRV" were re-roled once more as "Light Horse" in 1870 and 1875 "The Forfar Troop" were formally attached forming "The Fife and Forfar Light Horse".

20th Company of The Imperial Yeomanry

At the start of the Boer War volunteers from the Fife and Forfar Light Horse who's regiment could not be sent overseas volunteered to form "The 20th (Fife and Forfar) Company Imperial Yeomanry" for service in South Africa.

The Company served in South Africa from early 1900 and during it campaign received a total of 500 officers and men from "the Fife and Forfar Light Horse".

The Fife and Forfar Imperial Yeomanry

command structure
name= The Fife and Forfar Light Horse
Fife and Forfar Imperial Yeomanry
date=1895- 1915
subordinate=“A” Sqn - Cupar
“B” Sqn - Dunfermline
"Forfarshire” Sqn - Dundee
In 1901 the regiment became the Fife and Forfar Imperial Yeomanry.
The "Imperial" was dropped from the title on the formation of the Territorial Force in 1908.

The Great War

They were dismounted and eventually became "The 14th (FFY) Battalion, of The Black Watch".Serving in Egypt and Palestine in 1917 and 1918 before beingmove to France in 1918.

econd World War


*The 1st & 2nd FFY

*Operation Goodwood

1956 The Amalgamation

In 1st of Novemebr 1956 The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse was formed by the amalgamation of the FFY with The Scottish Horse both Regiments were in the Royal Armoured Corps and had neighbouring recruiting areas.

The Fife and Forfar retained two Squadrons and the brass band under the new structure, but a new combined capbadge was designed and the new regiment would wear the Atholl Bonnet of The Scottish Horse as their head dress.


cottish National War Memorial

Scottish National War Memorial, which was built after a proposal in 1917 by the Duke of Atholl in Edinburgh Castle contains a memorial and book of remembrance to all Scottish Regiments.

Cupar Old Parish Church

A Fife and Forfar Memorial Font together with a book of remembrance is housed at Cupar Old Parish Church

Battle Honours of The FFY

The battle honours of the FFY are displayed on the FFY guidon which is laid up at Cupar Old Parish Church.

Boer War

*RSA - South Africa 1900-02

Great War

*FRA - Somme 1918, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Epehy, St Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Selle, Sambre, France and Flanders 1918

*TUR - Gallipoli 1915

*EGY - Egypt 1915-17, Rumani

*PLE - Gaza

*ISR - Jerusalem

Second World War

*FRA - Dunkirk,Cheux, Bourguebus Ridge, Le Perier Ridge

*BEL - Scheldt, Ourthe

*GER - Rhineland, Rhine

*West Europe 1940

*North-West Europe 1944-45

Decorations and Awards

Honorary Colonels and Commanding Officers

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Bands of FFY/SH

The FFY regiment had its own brass band.

Affiliated Regiments and Formations

*UK - 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards


*AUS - The 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers


Fife & Forfar Yeomanry


*“A History of the Fife Light Horse” by Col Anstruther-Thomson FLH, 1892
*“Fife and Forfar IY” by Capt Gerald Burgoyne 3DG, 1904

Boer War

*“Clearly My Duty” by Capt John Gilmour
*“The Fifes In Africa" by Cpl JP Sturrock (9176 IY)
*“With the Scottish Yeomanry” by Thomas F Dewar MD BSc

Great War

*“The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry” by Major DD Ogilvie

econd World War

* [| ”Fife & Forfar Yeomanry 1919-1956” by RJB Sellar]

External links

* [ FFY Collection Details With Ogilby Trust]

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