Battle of Ramillies (23rd May 1706) – Marlborough Wars 1702-13
In 1706 the Royal Dragoons (later 5th Lancers) of Ireland, brigaded with the Scots Dragoons (Scots Greys), distinguished themselves at the Battle of Ramillies. The two regiments captured the entire King’s Regiment (Régiment du Roi)while charging the enemy, and followed this by taking two battalions of the Régiment de Picardie prisoner and destroying the third battalion. For this feat both regiments of Dragoons were given the distinction of wearing a grenadier cap (example left at QRL Museum, Thoresby), thereby differentiating them from the rest of the cavalry. Ramillies was probably Marlborough's hardest fought battle - extract from Scarlet Lancer (see on line shop)
First Mottos to the Army Cadet Force
Members of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force join the Royal Lancers in Hyde Park at the 92nd Annual Cavalry Memorial Parade.
Cavalry Memorial Parade - 8th May 2016, Hyde Park, London
Dress will be suits/jacket and trousers, Regimental ties and medals. Serving and retired members of the Regiment start to gather from 1000hrs on the Broad Walk (East) just inside the Park, parallel to Park Lane. Please RV at the OCA Banner by 1045hrs
The Cavalry Memorial parade takes place annually in Hyde Park on the second Sunday in May, and takes the form of a march past by former and serving members of many cavalry regiments, followed by a short service to commemorate those who were killed on active service.
A total of 55 Members of the Armed Forces have received honours and awards in the latest Operational Honours and Awards List for the period 1 January to 30 September 2015.
Amongst them was the Colonel for his leadership on Op GRITROCK which led to Ebola being brought under control in Sierra Leone:
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS)
Brigadier Andrew Gordon HUGHES MBE
A Wreath Laying Service to Commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Operation GRANBY
His Royal Highness Field Marshal The Duke of Kent was present at the Service in the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Operation GRANBY and laid a wreath at the memorial to those that gave their lives during the operation. The service was attended by Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie and by representatives of the units from all three Services that had taken part and by bereaved family members. Colonel Alick Finlayson attended as the representative of 16/5L as did and Jamie Dowling, son of Sgt Michael Dowling, and his partner.
The memorial is a handsome black marble tablet on the wall close to Lord Nelson’s tomb and the list of names includes Lt Edward Whitehead 16/5L, killed on a training exercise just before the start of the ground war, and of Sgt Michael Dowling MM and LCpl Frank Evans both REME attached to 16/5L who were killed when their M548 vehicle was engaged by an Iraqi tank. Sgt Dowling, who was engaging the tank with his rifle when he was killed, was awarded the Military Medal posthumously.
Following the service a reception was held in the Regimental Headquarters of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in the Tower of London. This was a very dignified and respectful occasion that was greatly appreciated by all of those fortunate enough to be present. In the evening a dinner was held by the officers of the 16th/5th The Queen’s Royal Lancers battlegroup in the officers’ mess of the Inns of Court Yeomanry. There was an excellent turnout particularly from the attached elements of the battlegroup that included Rupert Maitland-Titterton who was attached to 16/5L with a troop from 9/12L.