Victorian Officer’s 1881 Pattern, 1st VB Yorkshire Light Infantry Waist Belt Clasp.
A scarce white metal example of a 1st VB Yorkshire Light Infantry Waist Belt Clasp, with the outer circlet inscribed ‘1st Volr. Battn. The Yorkshire Lt lnfry’. the male side of the clasp is with a seeded centre surmounted with a Victoria crowned French horn with the Yorkshire rose to the centre and the two ends are of the standard rococo pattern. The clasp is carrying the makers mark of “Hobsons & Sons, Lexington Street, London”. A fine example of this now hard to find 1st VB Yorkshire Light Infantry Waist Belt Clasp.
King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry: In 1881. after the Cardwell and Childers reforms, regimental numbers were abolished. The 51st King’s Own Light Infantry became the 1st Battalion, The King’s Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment) and the 105th became its 2nd Battalion. The Childers reforms also combined militia and rifle volunteer units into the regiments formed in 1881. Accordingly the 1st West Yorks Rifles Miltia became the 3rd Militia Battalion, while the 3rd Administrative Battalion West Riding of Yorkshire Rifle Volunteer Corps became the 1st Volunteer Battalion. The regiments Headquarters was at Wakefield and was consolidated as the 5th Yorkshire West Riding Reserves on the 1st of June 1880. and became the 1st Volunteer Battalion on the 1st of February 1883. With the creation of the Territorial Force in 1908. the 1st VB Yorkshire Light Infantry was reorganised as the 4th and 5th Battalions (Territorial Force), while the 3rd Battalion was transferred to the Special Reserve. The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was raised to thirteen battalions during World War I, and nine battalions during World War II, including not only infantry but anti-aircraft and armoured units as well. During World War II the battalions served in all three fronts (Europe, North Africa and Asia-Pacific). 1st VB Yorkshire Light Infantry Waist Belt Clasp.