British Army’s newest combat regiment granted Freedom of Edinburgh

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Soldiers of the British Army’s newest combat regiment – the Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry – have marched with pride to exercise their newly granted Freedom of Edinburgh.

Known as the Grey Wolves – the SNIY entered the Order of Battle in 2014 but its predecessors have a history stretching back many hundreds of years.

As a light cavalry regiment, the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry uses light armoured vehicles such as the RWMIK Land Rover to get around, although its soldiers are just as effective when operating on foot.

Photographer: Corporal N Tanuku Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022 – MOD News Licence.

Their reconnaissance role requires them to work far ahead of other friendly forces, gathering intelligence on the enemy and the local environment. They then send this information back to commanders, who use it to make important tactical decisions.

The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry is paired with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. Together they train and serve on operations globally.

E Squadron of the Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry is based in Edinburgh while other Squadrons are based in Cupar in Fife and in Ayr as well as in Belfast With bases across Scotland and in Belfast providing training across a range of specialist skills to its reservist soldiers.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Mark Gannon said:

“It is a humbling honour for The Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry to be awarded the freedom of Edinburgh City.

“The relationship in our society between the civic community and the Army is one of deepening importance.

“We have seen, especially through the past two years, the interdependence of both upon each other. Our unity has, in no small part enabled our society to rise from a global pandemic more robust and ready to act than before. The long history of the Army Reserve, its predecessors and our antecedent Regiments are scribed in the recorded history and etched into the landmarks within Edinburgh.

“The conferment of freedom upon the Regiment stands as a tribute to all our men and women who, throughout our history have dedicated themselves to service and demonstrated their selfless commitment, on home soil and in foreign fields. This is a great personal honour, to lead such exemplary people and to be at the head of a Regiment with such richness, talent, and willingness to serve.”


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