Document ReferenceGa 2 E 240
TitleLetter from Lieutenant Colonel F. Forester of the West Somerset Yeomanry to George Edmund Milnes Monckton-Arundell, 7th Viscount Galway; 15 February [c.1888-1900]
Extent6 ff
Content DescriptionHas received Galway's letter but regrets that he is unable to attend at Cleveland House tomorrow to consider the Government proposals with regard to the Yeomanry. States that from reading the article in The Times newspaper, he is unable to see any benefits to his regiment besides a pay increase. Feels that there should also be an increase in the contingent allowance, which at present isn't enough to cover clothing or proper equipment. Thinks that the proposal for the Yeomanry to train for one month per year is unreasonable due to the fact that most men are tenant farmers and their sons.

Is not in favour of the conversion of the yeomanry cavalry into mounted infantry. Also not in favour of the proposal to supply horses to the men because the fact that a man owns his horse proves that he is in the habit of being on horseback. Goes on to discuss the recruitment of commanding officers of the Yeomanry. Suggests that officers retiring from the cavalry should be permitted to join the yeomanry rather than the militia.

Date: the letter is simply dated 15 Feb. The year span provided is based on the date of other letters within Ga 2 E concerning proposed Government changes to the Yeomanry into mounted infantry [see Ga 2 E 192 and Ga 2 E 201-202].
Termcavalry, yeomanry

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NA80544Forester; Francis William (1860-1942); Lieutenant Colonel; son of William Henry Forester and Hon. Eleanor Alexandrina Fraser; gained the rank of Captain in the service of the 3rd Hussars Yeomanry and gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel between 1895 and 1900 in the service of the West Somerset Yeomanry1860-1942
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