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

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.


The Queen Presents the Regiment with a New Guidon and Honorary Title

The Regiment was presented with its Guidon by our Colonel in Chief at a ceremony at Windsor Castle on 5th April 2017. At Her Majesty’s request the ceremony, which took place at Windsor Castle during the Easter Court, was both intimate and short. Including Soldiers on Parade and spectators the numbers involved were limited to 65 – there will be full trooping of the Guidon in front of the Regiment and Old Comrades on the Mons week-end of the 24th-25th June 2017

A number of people have been confused by the distinction granted to the Regiment by The Queen, ‘The Queen Elizabeths’ Own’.  Her Majesty’s address and Brigadier Hughes’s response make it clear what the distinction is and why The Queen has granted that distinction!

Queen’s speech

CoR Response to HM

A number of photographs are carried on the Daily Mail website:…/The-Queen-honours-Royal-Lancer…

and a video can be found here.…

Attached is an electronic copy of the Order of Service which includes photographs and descriptions of both sides of the Guidon

Guidon Service Booklet


OCA – The Royal Lancers Old Comrades’ Association (Veteran Lancers) Letter


Colonel William English – Chairman of The Royal Lancers Old Comrades’ Association and Trustee of The Royal Lancers Charitable Trust.


I am writing to inform you that after ‘listening and discussing’ the needs of Veteran Lancers widely across the Regiment, I am now forming The Royal Lancers Old Comrades’ Association (RL OCA) Committee.  In January I wrote a notice on Facebook through Home Headquarters informing that I would in due course be forming a committee to support the work of: ‘Remembrance’; ‘Benevolence’ and ‘Networking’.  I can now inform that the RL OCA Committee will be made up as follows:

Continue reading OCA – The Royal Lancers Old Comrades’ Association (Veteran Lancers) Letter