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image by Pete Loeser, 21 February 2021
based on this image located by Jason Saber, 17 February 2019
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The West Somerset Yeomanry was an infantry regiment of the British Army first raised in 1794.
It participated in the Second Boer War (South Africa 1900-01) as Imperial Yeomanry; in World War I as Yeomanry Infantry (Gallipoli 1915, Egypt 1916-17, Palestine 1917-18, France and Flanders 1918); and in World War II (North-West Europe 1944-45) as a Royal Artillery regiment. It was disbanded in 1988.
This flag was discovered in a Dorset warehouse in 2019 and is attributed to the West Somerset regiment.
Source: Military: West Somerset Yeomanry.
Pete Loeser, 21 February 2021
The Yeomanry's badge was the Somerset Dragon and its colours are recorded officially recorded as being "Violet, Campari red" and a narrow strip of "corn", as attached.
Dave White, who first came across the flag tells me that he believes the blue/purple fimbriation could indeed be described as "violet".
I think the combination of the rampant dragon, the unusual usage of violet and the narrow strip of yellow make it too much of a coincidence to be attributed to anything else.
Brady Ells, 17 February 2019
The flag can also be seen at British County Flags: Somerset.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 17 February 2019