Every newspaper published in the county published this, the Royal Warrant, at Christmas time in 1899:
A NEW FORCE
VOLUNTEERS FOR THE FRONT
At an early hour yesterday morning, we received the following important document from the War Office, conveying the announcement that the Government have decided to raise a mounted infantry force for service in South Africa.
1. Her Majesty's Government have decided to raise for service in South Africa, a mounted infantry force to be named "The Imperial Yeomanry
2. The Force will be recruited from the Yeomanry, but Volunteers and civilians who may possess the requisite qualifications (as given below) will be specially enrolled in the Yeomanry for this purpose.
3. The Force will be organised in companies of 115 rank and file, 5 officers being allotted to each company, viz: 1 Captain and 4 Subalterns, preference being given to Yeomanry officers.
4. The term of enlistment for officers and men will be for one year, or for not less than the period of the war.
5. The officers and men will bring their own horses, clothing, saddlery and accoutrements. Arms and ammunition, camp equipment and regimental transport will be provided by Government.
6. The men will be dressed in Norfolk jackets of woollen material of neutral colour, breeches and gaiters, lace boot and felt hats. Strict uniformity of pattern will not be insisted upon.
7. The pay will be at cavalry rates, with a capitation grant for horse, clothing, saddles and accoutrements. All ranks will receive rations from the date of joining. Gratuities and allowances will be those laid down in the Special Army Order of May 10th 1899.
8. Applications for enrolment should be addressed to Colonels Commanding Yeomanry Regiments or to General Officers Commanding Districts to whom instructions will be immediately issued.
a) Candidates must be from 20 to 35 years of age and of good character.
b) Volunteers who are civilian candidates must satisfy the Colonel of the Regiment through which they enlist that they are good riders and marksmen according to Yeomanry standards.
c) The standard of physique to be that for Cavalry of the Line.
3. VOLUNTEERS (OR TERRITORIALS)
Her Majesty's Government have decided to accept offers of service in South Africa from the Volunteers.
A carefully-selected company of 110 rank and file, officered by one Captain and three subalterns will be raised (one for each British line battalion serving in, or about to proceed to, South Africa) from the Volunteer battalions of the territorial regiment. These Volunteer companies will, as a general rule, take their place in the line battalion of its company serving as mounted infantry.
The Volunteer Battalions from which a company is accepted will form and maintain a waiting company in reserve at home. The selection of men from the Volunteer battalions for service with the line battalions in the field will devolve on the commanding officers of Volunteer battalions. The terms of enlistment for officers and men will be for one year or for not less than the periods of the war.
Full instructions for the information of all concerned will be issued with the least possible delay through general officers commanding districts.