Expeditionary Force

Topic 6: Expeditionary Force

In the aftermath of the Boer War a number of enquiries began into the condition of Britain’s armed forces.

At the same time, British foreign policy underwent a significant change of direction and in 1906 the Cabinet began discussing plans for war with Germany and in 1907 the Secretary of State for War announced the formation of an Expeditionary Force made up of regular troops, a Territorial Force for home defence and a Special Reserve to provide replacements for causalities in the other two forces.

Lincolnshire Yeomanry, now part of the Territorial Force, at summer camp in 1912. (Photo: Winteringham Local History and Genealogy)