Rebirth and Reinvention: Army Reform, 1902–1914

  • George Hay
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850 book series (WCS)


During the period of flux following the Second Boer War, the Yeomanry presented a mixed picture of progressiveness and stubborn resistance to change. The chapter explores how the force developed both independently and with central direction, paying particular attention to the way the needs of the state and armed forces were balanced with the sensitivities and idiosyncrasies of voluntary service. Again drawing on the context provide by the wider voluntary movement, it shows how the individualism of the Yeomanry led to it being willingly drawn into the cavalry armament debate, just as many inside and outside the force raised serious questions about how it might contribute to the war that was rapidly approaching.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The National ArchivesKewUK

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