Sunday, 22 February 2015

Lt Col Thomas Naylor Leyland (1874-86)

Portrait Lt Col Thomas Naylor Leyland (1874-86)
Thanks to Griff Morgan-Jones for sending these pictures of a magnificent portrait of a Commanding Officer of The Denbighshire Yeomanry Cavalry. The painting has ended up in America at the
Thelma Keller Convention Centre, Effingham, Illinois 62401
The painting is an oil painting (6' x 10' approx):-
Lt Col Thomas Naylor Leyland (1874-86)
of Nantclwyd Hall, Ruthin, Wales.
Denbighshire Yeomanry Cavalry
Late of the 2nd Life Guards and joined the DYC on 22nd March 1862 as Captain, taking over from Richard Christopher Naylor that had just resigned. [The London Gazette, 28th March 1862, page 1667]
The Denbighshire Yeo became the 24th Bn, RWF on 4th Mar 1917 as part of the 74th (Yeo) Div. 
There is a rare unit history which can be viewed in the RWF Library at Bodelwyddan Castle.
Parry, Lt Col E.S., Historical Records of the Denbighshire Hussars Imperial Yeomanry 1795 till 1906. (Woodall, Minshall, Thomas & Co.: Wrexham, 1909). iv 246 p 19 illus.
This history deals with the Regt prior to 1905, but gives a full account of this North Wales’ volunteer unit. The book has a total of eight colour uniform plates and eleven black and white portraits/photos of Regt personalities.
There is a large section of appendices written by Engr. Lt. B.F.M. Freeman, R.N., which include the following brief histories I. The Flintshire Yeo Cavalry 1797 to 1838, II. The Royal Maylor Yeo Cavalry 1803 to 1837, III. The Caernarvonshire Yeo Cavalry 1795 to 1819, IV. The Ancient British (or North Wales) Fencible Cavalry 1794 to 1800, V. List of Hon. Cols, commanding officers, second in commands, and adjutants of the Denbighshire Hussars.

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