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Badges above from left 16th The Queen's Lancers; 5th Royal Irish Lancers; 21st Lancers (Empress of India's); 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own).

The Queen's Royal Lancers
British Army Including
(Reflecting historic name changes)

2nd (or The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons

2nd Regiment of Light Dragoons

3rd Bengal European Light Cavalry

5th Dragoons

5th Regiment of Dragoons

5th Royal Irish Lancers

5th (Royal Irish) Lancers

5th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons

5th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons (Lancers)

6th Dragoons

16th (or The Queen's) Regiment of Light Dragoons

16th (or The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons

16th (or The Queen's) Regiment of Light Dragoons (Lancers)

16th (Queen's) Lancers

16th The Queen's Lancers

16th (The Queen's) Lancers

16th/5th Lancers

16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers

17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own)

17th Lancers Duke of Cambridge's Own

17th (Light) Dragoons (Lancers)

17th Regiment of Light Dragoons

17th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Lancers)

17th (The Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers

17th/21st Lancers

21st (Empress of India's) Lancers

21st Hussars

21st Lancers

21st Lancers Empress of India's

21st Lancers (Empress of India's)

21st Regiment of Hussars

21st Regiment of Light Dragoons

Burgoyne's Light Infantry

Burgoyne's Light Horse (16th Light Dragoons)

Hale's Light Horse (18th (or Light) Dragoons)

James Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons.

Ross's Regiment of Dragoons

Royal Dragoons of Ireland

Viscount Molesworth's Dragoons

Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons

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The Queen's Royal Lancers

The Queen's Royal Lancers (QRL) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. It was formed in 1993 and amalgamated with the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) on 2 May 2015 to form the Royal Lancers.

Colonel-in-Chief HM The Queen

Motto - Death or Glory

Uniform -

Corps March -

  • Quick - Stable Jacket
  • Slow - Omdurman

Nick-name - The Death or Glory Boys

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Today

2015 - The Royal Lancers, a cavalry regiment of the British Army, was formed by an amalgamation of The Queen's Royal Lancers and 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) on 2 May 2015. It serves as the Formation Reconnaissance Regiment of the 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade. No separate project for Royal Lancers

Ancestry

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3.8 - The Queen's Royal Lancers

Formed in 1993 by amalgamation (✽) of -

3.8.1 - ✽ 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers

Formed in 1922 by amalgamation of

3.8.1.1 - 16th The Queen's Lancers

and

3.8.1.2 - 5th Royal Irish Lancers

3.8.2 - ✽ 17th/21st Lancers

Formed in 1922 by the amalgamation of -
3.8.2.1 - 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own)

and

3.8.2.2 - 21st Lancers (Empress of India's)

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The 16th The Queen's Lancers was a cavalry regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1759. It saw service for two centuries, before being amalgamated with the 5th Royal Irish Lancers to form the 16th/5th Lancers) in 1922.

Active 1759-1922
Nickname - "The Scarlet Lancers"
Motto Aut cursu, aut cominus armis (Either in the charge or in hand-to-hand combat) March

  • Quick: The English Patrol
  • Slow: The 16th Lancers

Timeline
1759 - Raised as Burgoyne's Light Horse (16th Light Dragoons) - a.k.a. Burgoyne's Light Infantry
1766 - Re-designated 2nd (or The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
1769 - Re-designated 16th (or The Queen's) Regiment of Light Dragoons
1816 - Re-designated 16th (or The Queen's) Regiment of Light Dragoons (Lancers)
1855 - Re-designated 16th (Queen's) Lancers
1919 - Name modified to 16th (The Queen's) Lancers
Pre 1901 - Badge introduced
1921 - Name simplified to 16th The Queen's Lancers
1922 - Amalgamated with 5th Royal Irish Lancers to form 16th/5th Lancers 1952 - Crown change on Badge 1954 Name changed to 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers
1993 - Amalgamated with 17th/21st Lancers to form The Queen's Royal Lancers

Notable commanders

Battle Honours

  • Early Wars: Beaumont, Willems, Talavera, Fuentes d'Onor, Salamanca, Vittoria, Nive, Peninsula, Waterloo, Bhurtpore, Ghuznee 1839, Afghanistan 1839, Maharajpore, Aliwal, Sobraon, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, South Africa 1900-02.
  • The Great War: Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1914 '15, Gheluvelt, St. Julien, Bellewaarde, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917, Cambrai 1917, Somme 1918, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914-18.

Reference: WIKI 16th The Queen's Lancers

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The 5th Royal Irish Lancers was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. It saw service for three centuries, including the First World War and the Second World War. It amalgamated with the 16th The Queen's Lancers to become the 16th/5th Lancers in 1922.

Active - 1689-1799 and 1858-1922
Nickname - The Redbreasts
Motto - Quis separabit (Who shall separate us?)

Timeline
1689 - formed by Brigadier James Wynne as James Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons, or Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons. a.k.a Ross's regiment of Dragoons. Ranked 6th Dragoons
1690 - Re-ranked as 5th Dragoons
1704 - re-designated the Royal Dragoons of Ireland
1737 - known by Colonel's name - Viscount Molesworth's Dragoons
1751 - 5th Regiment of Dragoons
1756 - Re-designated 5th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons
1799 - Disbanded
1858 - Re-formed as 5th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Dragoons (Lancers) 1861 - Name modified to 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
1863-1874 - served in India
1899 - Siege of Ladysmith - 2nd Anglo-Boer War
c.1919 - Badge introduced
1914 - Battle of Mons
1918 - the city of Mons was liberated by the 5th Royal Irish Lancers on 11 November 1918. 1921 - Name simplified to 5th Royal Irish Lancers
1922 - Amalgamated with 16th The Queen's Lancers to form 16th/5th Lancers
1952 - Crown change on Badge 1954 Name changed to 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers
1993 - Amalgamated with 17th/21st Lancers to form The Queen's Royal Lancers

Notable commanders

  • Field Marshal Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth
  • General Joseph Yorke, 1st Baron Dover
  • General Robert Cuninghame, 1st Baron Rossmore
  • Major General Thomas Arthur Cooke
  • Major-General Sir Henry Jenner Scobell
  • Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby

Battle honours

  • Early Wars: Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, Malplaquet, Suakin 1885, Defence of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899–1902
  • The Great War: Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Ypres 1914, 1915, Gheluvelt, St. Julien, Bellewaarde, Arras 1917, Scarpe 1917, Cambrai 1917, Somme 1918, St. Quentin, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914–18

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The 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army, raised in 1759 and notable for its participation in the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. The regiment was amalgamated with the 21st Lancers to form the 17th/21st Lancers in 1922.

Active - 1759-1922
Nicknames - The Death or Glory Boys, The Horse Marines, The Tots, The White Lancers
Motto Death Or Glory
March -

  • Quick: The White Lancers
  • Slow: Occasional Overture

Timeline
1759 - Formed by Colonel John Hale in Hertfordshire on 7th November as Hale's Light Horse (18th (or Light) Dragoons) - a.k.a. 18th Regiment of (Light Dragoons.
1761 - saw service in germany
1763 - Re-designated 17th Regiment of Light Dragoons
1766 - Re-designated 2nd Regiment of Light Dragoons
1769 - Re-designated 17th Regiment of Light Dragoons
1823 - Re-designated 17th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Lancers)
1853 - Name modified to 17th (Light) Dragoons (Lancers)
1861 - became the 17th Regiment of Lancers
1876 - Name enhanced to 17th (The Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers. when it gained Prince George, Duke of Cambridge as its colonel-in-chief'. The' prefix was later dropped - 17th (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers. Pre 1901 - Badge introduced
1921 - the title altered to the 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own)
1922 - amalgamated with 21st Lancers (Empress of India's) to form 17th/21st Lancers
1992 - amalgamated with 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers to for The Queen's Royal Lancers

Notable commanders

  • General Thomas Gage
  • Major General Thomas Pelham-Clinton, 3rd Duke of Newcastle
  • General Oliver De Lancey
  • General Lord Edward Somerset
  • Lieutenant-General Sir John Elley
  • Field Marshal Prince George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge
  • General Henry Roxby Benson
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Drury Curzon Drury-Lowe
  • Major General Thomas Arthur Cooke
  • Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

Battle honours

  • Early wars: Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman, Sevastopol, Central India, South Africa 1879, South Africa 1900–1902
  • First World War: Festubert, Somme 1916 1918, Morval, Cambrai 1917 1918, St. Quentin, Avre, Lys, Hazebrouck, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, St. Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914–18

Reference: - WIKI 17th Lancers

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The 21st Lancers (Empress of India's) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army, raised in 1858 and amalgamated with the 17th Lancers in 1922 to form the 17th/21st Lancers. Perhaps its most famous engagement was the Battle of Omdurman, where Winston Churchill (then an officer of the 4th Hussars), rode with the unit. It amalgamated with the 17th Lancers, to form the 17th/21st Lancers in 1922. There were three earlier "21st's" which existed 1760-1819, but all were disbanded.

Active 1858-1921/1922

Timeline
1857 - raised by the Hon. East India Company as 3rd Bengal European Light Cavalry
1858 - Taken into the British Army as 21st Regiment of Light Dragoons
1863 - Re-designated 21st Hussars or 21st Regiment of Hussars
1897 - Re-designated 21st Lancers
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1899 - Badge introduced - 21st Lancers Empress of India's
1899 - Re-designated 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers
1921 - Name modified to 21st Lancers (Empress of India's)
1922 - Amalgamated with 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own) t form 17th/21st Lancers
1992 - amalgamated with 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers to for The Queen's Royal Lancers

Notable members

Regiment Victoria Crosses at the battle of Omdurman 1898

Reference: WIKI 21st Lancers

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Notable Personnel

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  • Bugler Sherlock of the 5th Lancers at Nicholsons Nek Kraal (near Ladysmith, South Africa) in 1899

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Sources, References and Further Reading

  • Brereton, J M A Guide to the regiments and Corps of the British Army on the Regular Establishment (Bodley Head) 1985
  • Griffin, P D Encyclopedia of Modern British Army Regiments (Sutton Publishers) 2006
  • Lumley, Goff Amalgamations in the British Army 1660-2008 (Partizan Press 2009)
  • WIKI Queen's Royal Lancers
  • WIKI Royal Lancers

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