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.

Yeomanry, Cavalry and Hussars Cap Badges

The museum has a wide collection of cap badges from Yeomanry, Cavalry and Hussar regiments.

Many of the units represented in the collection have passed into history, but their names can still 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 thought that not all the examples are original, however, as some may be what are know as 're-strikes'- that is, copies made at later date.

Examples from the collection can be seen in the picture to the right. The image in this picture will change every twenty seconds. To hold it still, place the cursor over part of the image, or to move it on sooner, click or tap the image.

To see more images and details of all the cap badges held by the museum, click to go to the Museum Catalogue and enter the keywords "cap badge".

Leicestershire Yeomanry DrumSun Compass