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Battle for Bellewaarde Ridge – 24th May 1915 – 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers‌

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208 casualties from 350 men including 8 officers from a total of 13.

Precis from Sheppard’s account:

For the next tour, which was due to begin on the night of May 23rd, the regiment (9th Queen’s Royal Lancers), which could now put 350 rifles in  the line, was reinforced by remnants of other units, about  520 men of the 4th Green Howards and 5th Durham Light Infantry of the 50th Division, which had temporarily been broken up. It took over five hundred yards of the 9th Infantry brigade sector astride the Menin Road south-eastwards from Hooge; “B” Sqn (Capt Francis Grenfell VC), with 300 infantry, held the left portion, actually astride the road; “A” Sqn (Capt A.N. Edwards), with 150 of the infantry, the right portion, which included a sort of blind–alley sap running forward almost to the enemy lines; “C” Sqn (Capt R.L. Benson) was in the support line.

Here on 24th May, Whit Monday and Empire Day, the regiment underwent its greatest day of glory and sorrow of the whole war.

About 3 a.m. the Germans bombarded the British V Corps front with shell and gas and followed up with an attack by four German Divisions. The front broke to the north and south of the Ninth but in great part due to the fine resistance of the Ninth the hostile attack lost its momentum and a counter-attack during the afternoon recovered part of the lost ground.

As the Ninth withdrew on the 28th May, their Brigadier met them on the road, but dared not trust himself to speak to them. ‘Tell them,’ he told the Colonel, ‘that no words of mine can express my reverence for the Ninth.’

Amongst those killed was Capt Francis Grenfell who had been awarded the VC for gallantry in action against unbroken infantry at Andregnies, Belgium, on 24th August 1914, and for gallant conduct in assisting to save the guns of the 119th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, near Doubon the same day.

During the Ypres battles of 1915 the Ninth won 1 DSO, 2 MC, 4 DCM and 5 MM.

Battle of Ramillies (23rd May 1706) – Marlborough Wars 1702-13

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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

First Mottos to the ACF

Members of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force join the Royal Lancers in Hyde Park at the 92nd Annual Cavalry Memorial Parade.

Mr John Smith Stands Down from OCA and CCOCA Committees‌

Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier Andrew Hughes MBE thanks Mr John Smith and presents him with two engraved tumblers at HQ London Scottish Regiment on Saturday 7th May 2016

John Smith's Presentation

Cavalry Memorial Parade  - 8th May 2016, Hyde Park, London

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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.

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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.

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HONOURS AND AWARDS - MAJOR DR MANTELL

Chevalier de Legion d’ Honneur - For service to France June – August 1944.
 
This honour has been awarded to those surviving on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. Major Mantell landed on Sword Beach on D Day as a troop leader with the East Riding Yeomanry and served with that regiment until VE Day. He transferred to the 16th/5th Lancers on the disbandment of the Yeomanry regiments at the end of the war.