Mr Purdie’s History of the Ayrshire Yeomanry 1964-2018 charts the events following the Regimental History narrated in The Proud Trooper, starting with the disbandment of the Ayrshire Yeomanry Regiment and going on to detail the exploits of the successor Squadron throughout the Cold War and the subsequent regional conflicts. All aspects of Squadron life are covered, as originally described in The Yeoman, the Regimental Journal which first told the many funny and sometimes outrageous stories.Rich in anecdote, the Yeoman’s ever present sense of humour makes this book an enjoyable read, not just for the members of the Regiment, but also for historians interested in the Yeomanry’s contribution to the Territorial Army and Army Reserve over the last half century. The various changes in the Territorial Army’s Order of Battle are set in their political context, enabling the reader to appreciate more fully how the Yeoman has adapted to the march of history. Illustrated with a wealth of black and white photographs and backed up by lists of key personnel which are fully indexed, this account of a much loved county institution and Royal Armoured Corps Squadron is a valuable contribution to the annals of the Ayrshire Yeomanry.
William A K Purdie is from near Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway but went away to the University of Stirling and has completed degrees in Environmental Geography, and Masters in Environmental, Heritage and Policy (similar to Environmental History) where his final work was pure history – an exhibition on the 1715 Jacobite Museum at Dunblane Museum.