3RD BATTALION YORKSHIRE VOLUNTEERS

3RD BATTALION YORKSHIRE VOLUNTEERS STABLE BELT

The stable belt of the 3rd Battalion of the Yorkshire Volunteers is similar to the 2nd Battlalion - but where the 2nd Battalion has green stripes, the 3rd has dark blue - the dark blue representing a gunner company within the Battalion.

With thanks to Colonel I G Norton TD JP, DL The York & Lancaster Regiment.

"I was in 3 YORKS from 1981-1989 (Private Captain). The belt is similar to 2 YORKS belt, but with dark blue instead of green. (It was sometimes confused with the CCF belt, but 3 YORKS had white rather than sky blue).There was later a move to standardise the stable belt across all 4 Battalions so that we all wore the same as 1 YORKS. 2 YORKS generally refused to play ball and continued to wear their own belt, but 3 YORKS and later 4 YORKS (when it was formed) wore the same as 1 YORKS. This makes the 3 YORKS belt the shortest-lived and rarest of the YORKS belts.

I was in 4 YORKS (4th Bn Yorkshire Volunteers) when it was formed and they never had anything but the YORKS (i.e. 1 YORKS) belt.

There was also a merged Battalion called 3/4 YORKS due to defence cuts and often referred-to a three-quarters YORKS.They wore the YORKS belt."

With Thanks to Ian Kelly

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