The Lancers

5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
August 1914 : at Dublin, part of 3rd Cavalry Brigade in Cavalry Division. Moved to France.
6 September 1914 : Brigade transferred to Gough’s Command.
13 September 1914 : Gough’s Command renamed as 2nd Cavalry Division.

9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers
August 1914 : at Tidworth, part of 2nd Cavalry Brigade in Cavalry Division. Moved to France.
16 September 1914 : Cavalry Division renamed as 1st Cavalry Division.

Image

9th Lancers returning from the Front, Premont, Aisne, 13 October 1918. From the American First World War Official Exchange Collection at the Imperial War Museum image Q72605.

12th (Prince of Wales’s Royal) Lancers
August 1914 : at Norwich, part of 5th Cavalry Brigade. Moved to France.
6 September 1914 : Brigade transferred to Gough’s Command.
13 September 1914 : Gough’s Command renamed as 2nd Cavalry Division.

16th (The Queen’s) Lancers
August 1914 : at the Curragh, part of 3rd Cavalry Brigade in Cavalry Division. Moved to France.
6 September 1914 : Brigade transferred to Gough’s Command.
13 September 1914 : Gough’s Command renamed as 2nd Cavalry Division.

17th (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) Hussars
August 1914 : in Sialkot in India, part of the Sialkot Cavalry Brigade.
Moved with Brigade to France as part of 1st Indian Cavalry Division, landed Marseilles 7 November 1914.
26 November 1916 : Division renamed 4th Cavalry Division.
February 1918 : Division broken up; regiment transferred to 7th Cavalry Brigade in 3rd Cavalry Division, joining on 10 March 1918.

21st (Empress of India’s) Lancers
August 1914 : at Rawalpindi.
October 1914: joined Risalpur (1st Cavalry) Brigade in 1st (Peshawar) Division.
August 1918: moved to 14th Cavalry Brigade in exchange for 1st (King’s) Dragoon Guards.
Remained in India throughout the war (also see Service Squadron, below).

The badge of the 21st Lancers as depicted on a CWGC grave stone. Image courtesy of the excellent Phillips and Carpenter Family History website, with my thanks

21st (Empress of India’s) Lancers Service Squadron
Formed a Service Squadron which became XIV Corps Cavalry Regiment in France between June 1916 and August 1917.

Books

History of the 5th Royal Irish Lancers by Colonel J.R. Harvey (Aldershot: Gale & Polden, 1923)

The Harp and the Crown: The History of the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, 1902-22 by Ciaran Byrne (Lulu Books on Demand, 2007)

 

9th The Queen’s Royal Lancers 1715-1936 by Major E.W. Shephard (Aldershot: Gale & Polden, 1929)

The 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers: Roll of Honour, 1914-1918 by R. Raymond Walsh and Jean M. Walsh (Blackburn: T.H.C.L. Books, 1999)

 

 

The 12th Royal Lancers in France, August 17th, 1914-November 11th, 1918 by H.V.S. Charrington (1921)

History of the 12th Royal Lancers 1715-1945 by Captain P.F. Stuart MC (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1950)

 

 

The Scarlet Lancers: The Story of 16th/5th The Queen’s Royal Lancers 1689-1992 by James Lunt (London: Leo Cooper, 1993)

The 17th/21st Lancers by R.L.V. ffrench Blake (London: Leo Cooper, 1993)

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Links

Queens Royal Lancers museum

Ciaran Byrne’s 5th Lancers site

9/12th Lancers museum