16th The Queen's Lancers [UK]
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The Queen's Lancers
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom 
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  1715.07.22 The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Dragoons
ranked as 16th Dragoons; named for the future King George II; also known as Churchill's Dragoons
  1718.11 disbanded
1759.08.04 16th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
raised in southern England; also called Burgoyne's Light Horse, claiming no lineal descent from previous regiment
1763.03.18 regularised
1766.05.26 2nd (or The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
(named for Queen Charlotte)
1769 16th (or The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
1816.09.30 16th (The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Lancers)
1861.08.17 16th (or Queen's) Lancers
1905.02.01 16th (The Queen's) Lancers
1921.01.01 16th The Queen's Lancers
1922.04.11 amalgamated with 5th Royal Irish Lancers to form 16th/5th Lancers
pip Deployment and Service
pip 16th The Queen's Lancers History (Museum/Association site)
pip The Lancers, 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
Beaumont, Willems, Talavera, Fuentes d'Onor, Salamanca, Vittoria, Nive, Peninsula, Waterloo, Bhurtpore, Ghuznee 1839, Affghanistan 1839, Maharajpore, Aliwal, Sobraon, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, South Africa 1900-02

The Great War1 Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1914 '15, 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

1. awarded Sep. 1922 (after amalgamation) and amended Feb. 1925.

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Badges: construction sign
Uniform: construction sign
1905.06.08 F.M. HM Alfonso XIII, King of Spain, KG, GCVO
  1715.07 Lt-Gen. Charles Churchill [also 10th Dgns, Churchill's Marines]
  1717.07.17 Brig-Gen. Sir Charles Hotham, 4th Bt. [also 1st Dgns, 8th Foot, 36th Foot, Hotham's Foot]
1763.03.18 Lt-Gen. John Burgoyne
1779.10.20 F.M. William (Harcourt), 3rd Earl Harcourt, GCB
1830.06.18 Gen. Sir John Ormsby Vandeleur, GCB [also 14th Lt Dgns, 19th Lancers]
1849.11.10 Lt-Gen. Sir Joseph Thackwell, GCB, KH
1859.04.09 Gen. Hon. Sir Edward Cust, Bt., KCH
1878.01.15 Gen. Sir Charles Cameron Shute, KCB
1886.03.28 Gen. Sir Charles John Foster, KCB
1896.02.12 Lt-Gen. William Thomas Dickson
1909.08.20 Lt-Gen. Sir James Melville Babington, KCB, KCMG [continued 1922 in 16th/5th Lancers]
vc Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
vc VCs in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Motto: construction sign
Nicknames: construction sign
Anniversaries: Aliwal (28 Jan.)
Freedoms: construction sign
Marches: quick: The English Patrol
slow: Regimental Slow March of the 16th Lancers (said to have been composed in Austria and presented to regt by Queen Charlotte)
other (1905): Marcha Real (Spanish national anthem, played at end of band concerts in honour of Colonel-in-Chief)
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Canada flag 16th Canadian Light Horse
swords 16th (The Queen's) Light Dragoons [American War of Independence; USA]
monument The Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum, Belvoir Castle, Grantham (Museum site)
monument The Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum, Belvoir Castle, Grantham (Army Museums Ogilby Trust)
monument The Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum, Grantham (Simonides listing)
monument 16th Lancers Indian Memorial, Exeter Cathedral
Regimental Journal:
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Full Histories:
book Cannon, Richard. Historical record of the Sixteenth or the Queen's Regiment of Light Dragoons, Lancers: containing an account of the formation of the regiment in 1759, and of its subsequent services to 1841. London : John W. Parker, 1842. (Historical records of the British Army)
book Diary of an officer of the 16th (Queens') Lancers, June 16, 1822 to June 16, 1840. Calcutta : Thacker, Spink, 1894.
book Graham, Henry. History of the Sixteenth, the Queen's Light Dragoons (lancers), 1759 to 1912. Devizes, Priv. print., G. Simpson, printer, 1912.
book Graham, Henry. History of the Sixteenth, the Queen's Light Dragoons (Lancers), 1912 to 1925. Devizes, Wiltshire : Privately printed by George Simpson & Co., 1926.
book Lunt, James D. The Scarlet Lancers : the story of 16th/5th the Queen's Royal Lancers, 1689-1992. London : L. Cooper, 1993. ISBN: 0850523214
book Gould, W. J. D. Ten years in India, in the 16th Queen's Lancers, and three years in South Africa, in the Cape Corps Levies first Afghan Campaign, the Maharatta War, the Sheik War, including battles of Ghuznee, Cabul, Maharajpoor, Buddewal, Aliwal, Sobraon, and Kaffir War of 1850-51 : replete with anecdotes, incidents inseparable from military life, manners and customs of the several Indian races, Mahomedans, Hindoos and Kaffir tribes, tales of elephant hunting, etc., etc. Toronto : Hunter, Rose, 1880.
First World War:
book Horn, T. L. Mobilisation of the regiment, August 4th, 1914. [s.l. : s.n., 19uu]
Short Histories:
book Parkyn, H. G. A short history of the 16th/5th Lancers. Aldershot : Gale & Polden, 1934.
book A short history of the 16th the Queen's Lancers and the 5th Royal Irish Lancers. [s.l. : s.n., 1966-1969?]
book Lunt, James D. 16th/5th the Queen's Royal Lancers. London : L. Cooper, 1973. (Famous regiments) ISBN: 0850521351
Special Topics:
book Oilette ; Payne, Harry. 16th (The Queen's) Lancers. [England] : Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1914-1918?. [6 photoprints]
Manuscripts and Archives:
book Orderly Books of the Crown Forces in America 1775-1784, compiled by John K. Robertson, Don Hagist, Todd Braisted, and Don Londahl-Smidt (RevWar'75)