21st Lancers (Empress of India's) (UK)
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21st Lancers 
(Empress of India's)
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by A. Melville-Brown
East India Company / United Kingdom   
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1858 3rd Bengal European Light Cavalry
1858.07.03 transferred from HEIC to Crown control
1859.11.01 3rd Bengal European Cavalry
1862.09.30 21st Regiment of Hussars
transferred to British Army
1877 21st Hussars
1897.03.31 21st Lancers
1898.12 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers
named for Queen Victoria, Empress of India
1921.01.01 21st Lancers (Empress of India's)
1921.07 disbanded
1922.06.27 squadron reconstituted and concurrently amalgamated with 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own) to form 17th/21st Lancers
pip Deployment and Service
pip 21st 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

The Great War1:  N.W. Frontier India 1915 '16

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

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Badges: construction sign
Uniform: construction sign
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© from the collection of
Glenn R. Meyer
1858 Lt-Gen. William Pattle, CB
1862.09.30 Lt-Gen. Sir John Bennett Hearsey, KCB
1865.10.24 Gen. William Parlby [also 4th Hussars]
1880.07.01 Gen. Hon. James William Bosville Macdonald, CB
1882.01.05 Gen. Sir Charles John Foster, KCB [also 16th Lancers]
1886.03.28 Gen. Sir Robert White, KCB
1902.09.18 Maj-Gen. Sir Alexander James Hardy Elliot, KCB [also 6th Dgn Gds]
1909.07.02 Maj-Gen. Sir Frederick William Benson, KCB [also 19th St. Catharines Regt]
1916.08.16 Maj-Gen. Arthur Henry Taylor
1919.04.01 Gen. Hon. Sir Herbert Alexander Lawrence, GCB [continued 1922 in 17th/21st Lancers; also Manchester Regt; Hon. Col. 6th Bn Manchester Regt]
Victoria Crosses, by Mike Chapman (VC Reference).
VCs in the Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum, by Iain Stewart.
Motto: construction sign
Nicknames: Dumpies; Hooks and Eyes
Anniversaries: construction sign
Freedoms: construction sign
Marches: quick: The Merry Month of May
quick: The Quickstep of the 21st
slow: Coburg (Prince Albert)
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
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swords [no external sites have been found]
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)
  Regimental Journal:
  Full Histories:
  [no known published history, but see also 17th/21st Lancers]
  Special Topics:
Brighton, Terry. The last charge : the 21st Lancers and the Battle of Omdurman, 2 September 1898. Ramsbury, Wiltshire :  Crowood Press,  1998.  ISBN: 1861261896