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My late father - Trooper Leslie Chaffe - served with the 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry during the Second World War...from North Africa to Europe. He didn't like to discuss what he had seen, or done, but he did talk about the comradeship and the people he met.

Having found some of his old photographs I thought it fitting that they (and any that you can supply) should be made available to others and, hopefully, names can be put to the faces - 'Lest we Forget'.

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  1. Hi. Wonderful discovery, your site! Am researhcing my own late father's war record, but the actual link within that is that his brother, Victor Rogers, served in the 2DY; he was killed in action at Goldenstedt, Germany on 13/4/45, aged 20. We still have the hand written letters sent to his parents by Lt Reg Jackson and Maj. RWN Weston. Great to find the photos by Lt randall - I wonder is uncle Vic is in them?

    (Posted on 2018-07-21 14:46:00 by Chris Rogers)
  2. Hi, I am trying to trace anything my father Trooper John Madden may have contribted to the Yeoman magazine. I beleive he wrote under the byline of Mad'n'Happy. He was in the 2nd from 1943 til demob in 1947. please contact me if anyone has any copies of the Yeoman with the afore mentioned byline. Thank you.

    (Posted on 2018-01-30 19:55:00 by Jonathan Madden)
  3. I've added photos from my grandfathers, Jack Little to the flickr group 'Second Derbyshire Yeomanry' if anyone is interested as this site is not currently being updated.

    (Posted on 2017-08-11 20:25:00 by David Colk)
  4. My father William John (Jack) Howells enlisted in in the Yeomanry on 12th December 1939;his story is told in Frank Knappet's book "The Mad Recce"he was finally released from service on 25th April 1946 having fought both in North Africa & on mainland Europe right through to Berlin;I would love to know if anyone has any details of him during his time in the forces

    (Posted on 2017-02-07 17:35:00 by Trevor J Howells)
  5. Any news on the new website?

    (Posted on 2016-11-25 11:35:00 by john davie)
  6. My Dad, Percy Higginson, served in the 2DY. He joined up under-age and served in the "Skins" while they were still horsed. He was later transfered to the 2DY seving in North Africa and Northern Europe from D Day to VE Day.
    I think he was in HQ troop, a photograph shows him next to a Dingo with the diamond markings.


    (Posted on 2016-10-15 11:25:00 by Frank Higginson)
  7. How is the madrecce website rebuild going?

    (Posted on 2016-03-02 15:59:00 by john davie)
  8. My Father, Eric Sydney Kings (Yes, Sydney was spelt incorrectly on his birth certificate!) who died in 2006 served with a reconnaissance unit of the Derbyshire Yeomanry. I know little about the operations he was involved in other than he was in North Africa and drove up through Italy. He was in armoured vehicles and latterly in Sherman Tanks, which although not as good as German tanks, he thought highly of. As far as I know, the recon unit spent most of its time assessing where the front line was and relaying that information back to HQ. They therefore spent much time behind enemy lines. Any information would be great. Thanks in advance.

    (Posted on 2015-06-01 08:31:00 by Andrew Kings)
  9. Hello - My father, Sydney (Syd) Newton served with the 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry during WW2 - very keen to fing out more about his war history.

    (Posted on 2015-05-13 18:10:00 by Sally Hopkins)
  10. reply to lawrence john driver
    I remember my Dad saying 2DY moved to the cold around Christmas Day - not nice! What was the village you moved from was that Mery in France?

    (Posted on 2015-05-05 10:13:00 by john davie)
  11. My grandfather, Harold Pery Poxon, was with the Derbyshire Yeomanry. He fought at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli in August, 1915. I wish I knew more about his army service. I do know that he worked for Rolls Royce when he was younger, as did other members of the family..
    I have lived d in Australia for more than thirty years and sadly, knew very little about my family history when I lived in the UK. I have made up for it since then and have traced many family members back to the 1700's, including the Poxon family and the Pegler family, my mother's and father's family respectively.
    Gallipoli has a very special place in the hearts of Australians and this year is the 100 year anniversay of battle of Gallipoli and The Anzacs, being the first time that Australian and New Zealand troops had fought alongside each other in battle.
    Barbara Welsh, Victoria, Australia

    (Posted on 2015-04-19 01:18:00 by Barbara Welsh)
  12. I served with theREME lad, att 2nd derby yo in normandy, I was the youngest member of the lad, being 18 years old,I think there was 12 or 14 of us, with a wo2 in charge, I remember we were in the village of mery when we moved to the ardennes on christmas day1944, what a winter that was

    (Posted on 2015-02-17 17:48:00 by lawrence john driver)
  13. my father Fred Cooke served in the Derbyshire yeomanry from 1939 to 1946. He sadly passed away in 2006 after a short illness. We are very proud of him and wondered if anyone remembers him. He told us of his long distance running and always coming second to "darky" bowen. We would love to hear from anyone who knew him

    (Posted on 2015-02-07 14:42:00 by Gill Stamp)
  14. there was, not sure whats happened

    (Posted on 2014-12-30 23:10:00 by Barry Parsons)
  15. Is there anyone monitoring or updating this website?


    (Posted on 2014-12-08 11:20:00 by john davie)
  16. I am referring to Sgt Peter deGraeve as my message below.

    (Posted on 2014-06-05 17:04:00 by Fiona Kermack)
  17. Our thoughts are very much with Peter especially at this time. Had he still been with us, he would have been over in France now commemorating the 70th anniversary. We visited the D Day beaches with him a few years ago and we were so proud of him - as was everyone we met who wanted to shake his hand.
    Best wishes to anyone reading this who knew Peter. He was a very special man.
    Fiona Kermack (neice)

    (Posted on 2014-06-05 18:01:00 by Fiona Kermack)
  18. I noticed Fred Knight was in Italy with the 2nd derbyshire yeomanry, as was my father edwin parsons ,who went there with the 1055th stevedore battalion and then served with the 1st armoured reinforcement regiment. i think there were about 8 derbyshire yeomanry men attached to the stevedore battalion. Im not sure if the 2nd derbyshire yeomanry ever served in italy. Id love to see the pics

    (Posted on 2014-02-11 21:12:00 by Barry Parsons)
  19. My father Fred (Mac) Knight was in the Derbyshires, I've Found a few photo's that my late mother kept, which I will gladly pass on. He ended up as a QMSM, but he never realy spoke about the war, except when they went on holliday back to Italy. He told of having to sit on the hill looking Florance and watching the Germans ransacking the town before they retreated, unable to stop them on orders.

    (Posted on 2013-12-17 14:53:00 by Viv Knight)
  20. My neighbour is 94 and is dieing of cancer, his name is walter thomas wright and served with the 2 Derbyshire yeomanry 1942/43/44/45, I dont get much out of him but his wife will try to help,she tells me he was part of the company who relieved the glider troops on PEGASUS BRIDGE.
    i am writing this to see if anyone remembers him or have any large pictures of him or is anyone still alive from those days.
    allan taylor, ex serviced man whosaw some action in malaya/ borneo 1966

    (Posted on 2013-09-06 11:44:00 by allan taylor)
  21. My father was George Davie who served as a Corporal with the 2DY during the Second World war. I have his five medals and his service record from the MOD. My grandchildren are very interested in finding out more. I like this website but the Regional Museum at Derby drew a blank. I don't suppose anyone is left alive who knew my father but someone may have more information than me. Great to hear from anyone.


    (Posted on 2013-01-17 12:02:00 by John Davie)
  22. My father served in the Yeomanry from 1941 till he was finally demobbed in the early 1950s. Captured in Tunisia and a POW at Camp 70 in Fermo and Stalag 7B at Mooseburg near Munich. A regular who signed up fo 7 and 5
    Recently his recollections were posted on the annual newsletter - something that pleased him immensely. Sadly he passed away in Feb 2012 aged 90 years. With remembrance approaching fast I will miss him terribly this year at the parade he always attended on November 11th (which also happens to be my birthday) in his adopted home town of Ross-on-Wye

    Would like to hear from anyone whose relatives might have known or served with him. His name was Norman Burn

    (Posted on 2012-10-24 08:39:00 by Jamie Burn)
  23. Hi,
    My Grandad was Louis Haywood and he served along side his brother Harry. Same story, never really wanted to discuss what horrors they saw. I am now trying to piece some information together about his times during the war, any info would be greatly appreciated. He died 30/12/05. Vicki

    (Posted on 2012-09-18 12:53:00 by Vicki Haywood)
  24. Does anyone out there remember a James Swift. I only have a photo link to a cap badge but would like more info on his war record. Any info gratefully received.

    (Posted on 2012-05-27 12:02:00 by stephen swift)
  25. 2nd Lieutenant H J E Barton died 25th May 2012

    (Posted on 2012-05-25 18:26:00 by John Carter)
  26. Anyone know of a Ben Wallace, HQ I believe?

    (Posted on 2011-11-26 21:55:00 by Barry Parsons)
  27. My father Edwin Parsons was with George Nelson and Edward Finch-crisp when they were both killed in Egypt on the 15th November 1942. I have further info if anyone needs it.

    (Posted on 2011-10-16 21:29:00 by Barry Parsons)
  28. Many thanks for maintaining this site. I am researching my Grandfather, Lance Cpl Robert Leslie Field, died 9th Nov 1942

    (Posted on 2011-10-10 06:12:00 by Jim Field)
  29. My father Tpr William (Bill) Baker served with 2nd DY from Sept 44 to the Regiments disbandment. I have an album of photos he took in NE Europe during that time. I think he served in B Sqn, I believe his car contained a Geordie Barkiss (not sure about spelling and a Sgt who was a vet from Edinburgh. He also mentioned being awith Lt Peter Mucklow when he was killed.

    (Posted on 2010-04-19 18:53:00 by Chris Baker)
  30. Hi all, my father was Trooper Edwin Parsons who served in the HQ squadron of the Regiment. I presume Major A Jones as QM would have been part of the HQ squadron too.

    (Posted on 2010-01-04 22:07:00 by B parsons)
  31. My father Major A J Jones was the QM of the 2nd DY throughout the war, and wrote the history of the regiment.

    I have my magnifying glass out trying to find him in the photos.

    (Posted on 2010-01-02 01:19:00 by Brian A Jones)
  32. Hi please have a look at my web site, i have a section on the 2nd DY that I think you will find interesting.


    cheers 'Singe'

    (Posted on 2009-12-07 21:28:00 by singe)
  33. Hi Bridget...it seems to be a common theme...they didn't want to talk about the War just the people!

    If you want to add your pics and anything you can remember it will be most welcome and perhaps we can all help one-another to fill in the gaps



    (Posted on 2009-07-15 19:10:00 by john436)
  34. I am the daughter of 7932559 Trooper R.E.BIRD
    2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry
    He served in the MEF then thro D DAY until war end. I know nothing about DAD'S WAR YEARS AS HE NEVER TALKED ABOUT THEM..my photos of him are when he was on leave. I remember him so often and wish I knew more about his Army days. Bridget

    (Posted on 2009-07-15 09:23:00 by Bridget BIRD)
  35. Trooper Watson Bingham's son keen to learn more and share information.

    (Posted on 2009-07-14 17:42:00 by Keith Bingham)
  36. Trooper Bob Smith's son. Keen to share research with anyone interested in 2DY.

    (Posted on 2009-07-01 21:45:00 by Barry)
  37. ditto...great to research my father's old regiment...I'll be supplying pics and stories

    (Posted on 2009-06-30 16:23:00 by Max)
  38. Great site..I shall keep checking in

    (Posted on 2009-06-23 12:28:00 by freddy)

New Additions...

See extracts from the 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry
War Diaries...look under 'Welcome' or click here

Read the memoirs of Major John Harris, see his photos...under 'The Men'.

New feature...LARGE PICS of groups...look for 'Large Group Photos' under 'The Men' tag - this should make identifying faces easier..

Great News...6 copies of the 'YEOMAN' magazine will be copied onto the site thanks to John A Brown whose father - J J Brown - served in 'B' Sqdn. To see copies of the front covers click on the 'Yeoman mags' tab above

All of Lt Randall's photo album is now uploaded...click on the tab 'Lt Randall's Album' above.

To see a map of the German defences around Ouistreham (including Pegasus Bridge) click on the 'Welcome' tab and go down to 'Map'