Our objective is to promote the activities and knowledge of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust (OYT) and the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars Association (QOOHA).
In addition, the website contains highlights from the history of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry (also known as the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars) and details of its current descendant unit,142 (QOOH) Vehicle Squadron RLC (part of 165 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC) based at Banbury Army Reserve Centre – the modern-day spiritual home of the QOOH.
Below are the cap badges worn by the various units of the QOOH and OY in the Reserve Forces of the British Army
Since its formation in 1798 the unit has undergone many changes from its original function of Cavalry, through the Royal Artillery, an infantry cadre, the Royal Signals, and finally, to the Royal Logistic Corps. With some changes, this has also required a change of cap-badge to coincide with their changes of role, either as a combatant or supporting role unit.
You are now invited to wander through the many pages of this website which include :-
- About Us – information about the management team who look after and run both of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust and the QOOH Association. More information about these two organisations can be found in their respective pages.
- QOOH/OY Roll of Honour – on this page we list the Officers and Soldiers who gave their lives for their country. These are published on a rolling monthly basis, dependant on their date of death.
- Unit History – This is made up of 6 pages giving a Brief History of the Regiment, the Regimental Lineage, our Battle Honours, Operations & Honours, 2nd Anglo-Boer War, and the First World War.
- Regimental Records – this is list of records held by the OY Trust at the SOFO Museum & Research Centre.
- Page Turning Ceremony – on this page we inform readers about this bi-monthly event held at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. Please see this page for important changes to the service, forced upon us by the Covid19 pandemic !
- Soldiers of Oxfordshire – also known as SOFO, this page informs readers about the activities of the county’s military museum and research centre.
- 142 (QOOH) Vehicle Squadron RLC – this is the current descendant unit bearing honorific of the QOOH and has information about what their role is and where they are based.
- Winston Churchill’s Funeral – Winston Churchill was a serving member and Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. Following his death on the 24th January 1965, and by decree of Queen Elizabeth II his body was to lie-in-state in Westminster Hall for 3 days, followed by the largest State Funeral in world history. Q (QOOH) Bty, 299 Fd Regt RA TA was honoured to be selected to be part of his funeral procession through the streets of London. This event is made up of 5 pages providing information of As It Happened (a blow by blow of events of the day), Personal Memories of people of the day, MV Havengore (the vessel which bore his coffin up the river Thames), Funeral Train (about the train which carried his coffin from London to Handborough in Oxfordshire), and St Martin’s Church, Bladon (his final resting place).
- Liberation of Belsen – April 15th 2020 was the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Belsen Concentration Camp. The pages in this section will cover the role in which officers and men of the QOOH played in this event. The first page outlines what and who were involved. The next page, Before Liberation, explains the history of Belsen Camp and the days leading up to April 15th 1945. Liberation covers in more detail about what confronted these QOOH men, plus the numerous military units which arrived later and what they offered and contributed to relieve the suffering of the internees. After Liberation informs the information of the survivors repatriation. And finally, Bergen-Belsen Trial gives the details of the War Crime Trials which took place after the fall of the Axis forces.
- Oxfordshire Blue Plaque – an historical marker which marks the beginnings of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry in 1794.
- Clippings – random items and stories about things QOOH and OY which do not readily fall into the other pages on this website.
- Useful Links
New additions & Updates to the pages in our website
If you are a returning visitor to our site this information below will update what has been introduced or changed recently
1/3/21 – The Covid-19 restrictions are continuing to affect the way in which we hold the Page Turning ceremonies – please refer to the ‘Page Turning Ceremony’ page to keep yourself updated, thank you.
8/11/20 – With the reappearance of the Covid-19 virus restrictions this has enforced the return of the way in which we hold the Page Turning ceremonies – please refer to the Page Turning page in our website for more details, thank you.
1/8/20 – In the Roll of Honour page we are now listing the deaths of the many hundreds of QOOH men who found them selves transferred into other units during the First World War – mostly into the OBLI.
17/4/20 – Important information regarding the Page Turning Ceremonies
15/4/20 – Bergen-Belsen 4th page (Bergen-Belsen Trial) completed
9/4/20 – Bergen-Belsen 3rd page (After Liberation) completed
28/3/20 – Bergen-belsen 2nd page (Liberation) completed
15/2/20 – Pages covering the Liberation of Belsen begin – First page completed
We hope you enjoy and return to read more about the “Queer Objects On Horseback”, an acronym given to the Regiment in its early days !
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