Press Release: ‘Hurrah for Hussars publishing deal’

Two leading lights in the Suffolk Local History Council have secured an exclusive deal with one of the world’s leading publishers of military history.

Dr Margaret Thomas and Dr Nick Sign will officially launch their limited edition study of the Suffolk Yeomanry – published by Helion and Company – at The Farmers Club on Northgate Street in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday, 18 October.

Their book – The Loyal Suffolk Hussars: The History of Suffolk Yeomanry 1794 – 1967 – is fully endorsed and supported by the Trustees of the Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry, who will host the celebratory event starting at 6.30pm.

“We are privileged and grateful to have been granted exclusive access to the fine collection of papers and documentation the Trustees have amassed over the years,” says Nick, who lives near Stowmarket.

“We were originally invited to pen a pamphlet for the Trustees, but ended up with enough material for an entire book! Margaret, who was born and went to school in Bury St Edmunds, chronicled the Regiment’s history until the Great War and I picked up the reins from their service on the Western Front in 1918.

“Our book shows that what endured through the ages was a sense of family and loyalty – a tremendous ‘esprit de corps’ or group morale. The Suffolk Yeomanry consistently emerges throughout as a fine example of what a volunteer military organisation should and can be.”

Margaret, who has written books on the history of the Bristol area, met first time author Nick 18 years ago while lecturing in History at what was then Suffolk College and is now University Campus Suffolk. Having both achieved PhD qualifications at the University of East Anglia, they are now retired and are Chair and Vice Chair of the Suffolk Local History Council respectively.

Their book is the first complete account of the Suffolk Yeomanry from its formation in 1794 as volunteer cavalry – intended to meet the threat of a French invasion – to its full merger with Territorial Army units by 1967.

“Anyone with a love of Suffolk history and any current or veteran members of the Territorial Army will appreciate this book,” says Nick.

“Of course we are hoping that the limited edition print-run will be quickly snapped up, but above all we cannot wait to celebrate a book that’s been more than 10 years in the making. It’s sure to be a memorable occasion for our family, friends, publisher and the Trustee members.”

Editor’s notes

In addition to the official launch both Margaret and Nick will be signing copies of their book at the Bury St Edmunds branch of Waterstones on Buttermarket Street on Saturday, 20 October from 10am to 1pm.

Pre-orders for The Loyal Suffolk Hussars. The History of Suffolk Yeomanry 1794 – 1967 – priced at £29.95 – are being taken at

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