4th Queen's Own Hussars [UK]
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Queen's Own Hussars
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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1685.07.17 The Princess Anne of Denmark's Regiment of Dragoons
formed from independent troops raised earlier in 1685 at Warminster, Shaftesbury, Shepton-Mallet, Glastonbury, FRome, Wincanton, Ilchester and Bradford; named for the future Queen Anne; also known until 1751 by names of seven colonels
1690 ranked as 4th Dragoons
1751.07.01 4th Regiment of Dragoons
1788.06.23 4th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Dragoons
(named for Queen Charlotte)
1818.12.25 4th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Light Dragoons
1819.03 4th (The Queen's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
1861.08.04 4th (The Queen's Own) Hussars
4th (Queen's Own) Hussars
1921.01.01 4th Queen's Own Hussars
1936 mechanised
1939.04 transferred to Royal Armoured Corps
1958.10.24 amalgamated with 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, to form The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars
pip Deployment and Service
pip History of the Regiment (QRH Regimental site)
pip 4th Queen's Own Hussars, by Paul Baker (History of the Hussars)
pip 4th Queen's Own Hussars, by Military Museum of Sussex.
pip 4th Light Dragoons in the Crimea, by Jim Boys and Roy Mills (Lives of the Light Brigade)
pip 4th Hussars at Balaklava, by Military Museum of Sussex.
pip The Hussars, by Chris Baker (The British Army in the Great War)
pip British Cavalry Regiments, by Brad Chappell (The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918)
RHQ and Depot:
  Home HQ: [none]
  Recruiting Area: nationwide
Dettingen, Talavera, Albuhera, Salamanca, Vittoria, Toulouse, Peninsula, Ghuznee 1839, Affghanistan 1839, Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman, Sevastopol

The Great WarMons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1914 '15, Langemarck 1914, 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

The Second World WarGazala, Defence of Alamein Line, Ruweisat, Alam el Halfa, El Alamein, North Africa 1942, Coriano, San Clemente, Senio Pocket, Rimini Line, Conventello-Comacchio, Senio, Santerno Crossing, Argenta Gap, Italy 1944-45, Proasteion, Corinth Canal, Greece 1941

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Badges: Roman numeral 'IV' above the motto 'MENTE ET MANU' within a laurel wreath upon which are scrolled twenty-three battle honours through 1918 (with 'Balaklava' in base'), subscribed "QUEEN'S OWN HUSSARS' and surmounted by the Crown.
Uniform: blue; headdress: busby with yellow bag (1861-1958)
cap badge
© from the collection of Glenn R. Meyer
1685.07.17 Brig-Gen. John (Berkeley), 4th Viscount Fitzhardinge
1688.11.24 Col. Thomas Maxwell
1688.12.31 Brig-Gen. John (Berkeley), 4th Viscount Fitzhardinge [reappointed]
1693.09.01 Lt-Gen. Algernon (Capel), 2nd Earl of Essex
1710.04.24 F.M. Sir Richard (Temple), Bt., 1st Viscount Cobham
1713.10.12 Gen. William Evans
1735.05.13 F.M. Sir Robert Rich, 4th Bt.
1768.02.03 F.M. Hon. Henry Seymour Conway
1770.10.24 Gen. Benjamin Carpenter
1788.03.09 F.M. John Griffin Griffin (Whitwell), 4th Baron Howard de Walden, KB (Lord Braybrooke) [to 1788; also 1st Tp Horse Gren Gds, 33rd Foot, 50th Foot]
1797.06.01 Gen. Sir Robert Sloper, KB
1802.08.14 Gen. Sir Guy (Carleton), 1st Baron Dorchester, KB [also 15th Lt Dgns, 24th Lt Dgns, 47th Foot, 84th Hldrs, CinC North America]
1808.11.09 Gen. Francis Hugonin
1836.03.31 Gen. Lord Robert Edward Henry Somerset, GCB
1842.09.24 Gen. Sir James Charles Dalbiac, KCH
1847.12.18 Gen. Sir George Scovell, GCB
1861.01.18 Gen. Sir James Hope Grant, GCB
1865.02.06 Gen. William Lennox Lascelles Fitzgerald (de Ros), 23rd Baron de Ros
1874.01.07 Gen. Lord George Augustus Frederick Paget, KCB
1880.07.01 Gen. William Parlby
1881.10.27 Gen. Alexander Low, CB
1904.07.09 Gen. Sir Alexander George Montgomery-Moore, KCB
1919.01.18 Maj-Gen. Sir Reginald Walter Ralph Barnes, KCB, DSO
1941.10.22 Col. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, LLD, MP [continued 1958 in QRIH; also Hon. Col. QO Oxfordshire Hussars, Bucks, Berkshire & Oxfordshire Yeo, 489 (Cinque Ports) HAA Regt RA, 6th Bn R Scots Fus, 5thBn R Sussex Regt, 4th/5th Bn R Sussex Regt, 4th Bn Essex Regt, 6th (Cinque Ports) Cadet Bn The Buffs; Hon. Air Cdre, 615 (Co of Surrey) Fighter Sqn RAuxAF; Prime Minister 1940-45, 1951-55]
Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Queen's Royal Hussars Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Motto: Mente et manu
Nicknames: Paget's Irregular Horse
Anniversaries: Balaklava (25 Oct.)
  Freedoms: construction sign
Marches: quick (1940s): Berkeley's Dragoons (Cecil Jaeger)
slow: Litany of Loretto (anon., arr. 1890 Edward Davies; arr. 1930s Robert Jones)
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Canada flag The British Columbia Hussars
Canada flag 4th Hussars of Canada
Canada flag 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards 1936-1958
Australia flag 2nd Light Horse Regiment (Moreton Light Horse, Q.M.I.) 1926-1951
Australia flag 2nd/14th Queensland Mounted Infantry 1951-1958
South Africa flag Imperial Light Horse 1906-1958
Associated Yeomanry:  
UK flag The Shropshire Yeomanry 1947-1958
swords [no external sites have been found]
monument Queen's Royal Irish Hussars Collection, Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument Royal Sussex Regiment Museum gallery, Military Museum of Sussex, Eastbourne.
monument Sussex Combined Services Museum, Eastbourne (Simonides listing)
Regimental Journal
book IV Hussars journal
Full Histories:
book Cannon, Richard. Historical record of the Fourth, or The Queen's Own Regiment of Light Dragoons, containing an account of the formation of the regiment in 1685, and of its subsequent services to 1842. London : J. W. Parker, 1843. (Cannon's historical record series)
book Daniell, D. Scott (David Scott) [i.e. Richard Bowood]. The story of the 4th Queen's Own Hussars, 1685-1958. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1959.
book Strawson, J.M. (John M.) ; Pierson, H.T. ; Rhoderick-Jones, R.J. Irish Hussars. London : The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars Association, 1986.
Short Histories:
book Pragnell, T.W. A short history of the IV. Queen's Own Hussars. [Meerut : The Pathak Machine Printing Press, 1923]
book A short history of the IV. Queen's Own Hussars. [Meerut : The Pathak Machine Printing Press, 1925]
book Edwards, T.J. A short history of the 4th Queen's Own Hussars. [Canterbury : Gibbs & Sons], 1935.
First World War:
book Evans, Henry Kenneth Douglas ; Laing, N.O. The 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars in the Great War. [Aldershot] : Gale & Polden, 1920.
Other Wars:
book Rose-Innes, Cosmo. With Paget's Horse to the front. London : J. MacQueen, 1901. [Anglo-Boer War]
Special Topics:
book A nominal roll of officers, non-commissioned officers & men, of the Fourth "The Queen's Own" Hussars, who embarked in the Serapis, at Portsmouth, for service in India on the 15th day of October, 1867. Also the drafts that have joined from England and volunteers from the different regiments leaving India between January 1868 and February 1877. [Muttra, India : Printed at the Fourth (Queen's Own) Hussars' Regimental Press], 1878.
book Griffith, Edward (ed.). Correspondence relating to the stationing of a troop of the Fourth Regiment of Dragoons in the County of Carnarvon. 3rd ed. London : J. Johnson, 1806-1807.