Family donate Major Riddiford's Artifacts to Regimental Museum
Paul and Laura Riddiford donated Major Riddiford's uniforms and artifacts to the Regimental Museum. Major Riddiford's uniforms had remained untouched since 1983. He served with both the 16/5L, 17/21L and Wiltshire Yeomanry and served in both World Wars. He was commissioned from the ranks and finally was a Yeoman Warder. His service to his county spanned from George V to the current Queen. Quite a remarkable man and collection
200th Anniversary of Waterloo 18 June 2015
WO1 (RSM) Cassidy with Mr Rod Watkins and Ms Victoria Earl at Alrewas for the unveiling of the memorial. Mr Watkins was the father of LCpl Paul Watkins (9/12L) killed in action on 16th July 2011
We are grateful to the 12th and 16th Light Dragoons re-enactment societies for permission to use their photographs
Rushe Family Visit Museum to view Forbear’s Lucknow VC
The Victoria Cross won by Troop Sergeant Major David Rushe of the 9th Lancers at Lucknow in 1858 took pride of place in the Regiment’s Museum in Derby on 15th June when two of the recipient’s great grandsons and their wives visited to view their much treasured family heirloom which they have most generously loaned to the Museum.
The visit proved a memorable and enjoyable occasion; Dr Robin and Mrs Rosemary Rushe from South Africa and Mr Kerry and Mrs Jenny Rushe from New Zealand (Robin and Kerry are brothers) can rarely get the opportunity for a family reunion, and it was remarkable that they should come together to view their forebear’s VC at our Museum. They commented that that they felt the medal had at last come to its rightful home after a chequered history which began when, sadly, TSM Rushe’s widow had to sell it to make ends meet after her husband died in 1886. Interestingly, the family still recall that Mrs Rushe was supported by 9th Lancer benevolence throughout her life; she died in the 1920s The medal finally reached our Museum in 2011, with the help of our Pretoria High Commission’s Defence Staff, after a fraught journey from the interior of South Africa.
During the afternoon the Rushees were received by the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Paul Pegg, in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Council House. The Mayor, a strong supporter of both the Regiment and our Museum in Derby, was fascinated to hear the history of the VC and in return showed the Rushees the Mayoral regalia and other treasures in the Parlour before conducting them on a tour of the impressively refurbished Council House. This visit was not only enjoyed by all concerned but will have strengthened the Museum’s links to the Rushe family, owners of one of our most important items in our Collection, and also to the Office of the Mayor of the City of Derby.
The Army Benevolent Fund Charity Abseil 8th June 2015
On Monday 8 Jun 15, former Lancer, Andy Garthwaite, and several serving Lancers will abseil the horrifying 210 Feet off the largest roller coaster in North England! They are doing this for charity for our best loved and longest standing charity, The Army Benevolent Fund
On Op HERRICK 12, Geordie from Newcastle, then serving with the QRL, was wounded in action losing an arm above the elbow to a RPG strike. Since being medically discharged the ABF have helped him adapt to one-armed life; including fitting him with the world’s first mind controlled bionic arm. He feels eternally indebted to this excellent Charity and no doubt all of us also know someone who has had their life improved by the ABF.
Cavalry Memorial Parade 2015
Colonel-in-Chief, Her Majesty The Queen at the Amalgamation Parade on 2nd May 2015. With Brigadier Andrew Hughes (Colonel of the Regiment) and His Royal Highness (Deputy-Colonel-in-Chief) in attendance.