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17th/21st Lancers
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by A. Melville-Brown
United Kingdom  
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How to find information about individuals who served in this corps
1922.06.27 17th/21st Lancers
formed by amalgamation of 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own) and 21st Lancers (Empress of India's)
1940.12.30 cadre detached to form 24th Lancers
1993.06.25 amalgamated with 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers to form The Queen's Royal Lancers
pip Deployment and Service
pip 17th/21st Lancers History (Museum/Association site)
RHQ and Depot:
  Home HQ: T.A. Centre, Newark, Notts. (1958- ); Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham, Lincs. (1979?-1993)
Recruiting Area: Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, South Humberside (1958-1993)

[combined battle honours of the 17th Lancers and 21st Lancers, with the following emblazoned:1]

Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman, Sevastopol, Central India, South Africa 1879, Khartoum, South Africa 1900-02

The Great War: Festubert, Somme 1916 '18, Morval, Cambrai 1917 '18, St. Quentin, Avre, Hazebrouck, Amiens, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1914-18, N.W. Frontier India 1915 '16


The Second World War:  Tebourba Gap, Bou Arada, Kasserine, Thala, Fondouk, El Kourzia, Tunis, Hammam Lif, North Africa 1942-43, Cassino II, Monte Piccolo, Capture of Perugia, Advance to Florence, Argenta Gap, Fossa Cembalina, Italy 1944-45

1. combined list first issued ca. 1959 with the presentation of the first Guidon.

flag The first Guidon was presented by F.M. Gerald Templer on 15 May 1959.
Badges: Death's Head "Or Glory" (the whole badge being called in the regiment "the motto")

blue; facings: white; piping: white

  • Uniforms, by Stephen Luscombe (The British Empire)
cap badge    
cap badge, 1922-1993    
1969.07.01 HRH Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Angus Ogilvy, LG, GCVO
1922. [17th Lancers:] F.M. Sir Douglas (Haig), 1st Earl Haig, KT, OM, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, KCIE [deceased 29 Jan. 1926]
1922 [21st Lancers:] Gen. Hon. Sir Herbert Alexander Lawrence, GCB
[to 25 Feb. 1938]
1938.02.25 Lt-Gen. Sir Bertie Drew Fisher, KCB, CMG, DSO
1947.07.01 F.M. Sir Richard Amyatt Hull, GCB, DSO [also CIGS, CDS; Constable of the Tower 1970]
1957.07.01 Brig. Hon. Richard Gustavus Hamilton-Russell, DSO
1965.07.01 Maj-Gen. Ronald Edward Coaker, CB, CBE, MC
1975.06.30 Col. Michael Colvin Watson, OBE, MC, DL
1983.06.30 Brig. John Warner Turner
1988.07.01 Col. Robert Shaun Longsdon [to 1993]
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Motto: Or Glory
Nicknames: construction sign
Anniversaries: Khartoum (3 Sep.), Balaklava (25 Oct.)
Freedoms: construction sign
Marches: quick: The White Lancer (William Richardson, arr. Rodney Bashford)
slow: themes from Rienzi (Richard Wagner, arr. Francis Allsebrook ca. 1935)
Musicians: construction sign
Mascot: construction sign
Miscellaneous Tradition Links:
Canada flag Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)
Sri Lanka flag Ceylon Mounted Rifles
Associated Yeomanry:  
UK flag The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry 1947-1993
swords The Queen's Royal Lancers Association (Museum & Association site)
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:
book The White Lancer and Vedette. Annual.
Full Histories:
book Ffrench Blake, R. L. V.  A history of the 17th/21st Lancers, 1922-1959. London ; New York : Macmillan ; St. Martin's, 1962.
book Ffrench Blake, R. L. V.  A history of the 17th/21st Lancers, 1759-1993. London : Leo Cooper, 1993. {Review by Stephen Luscombe}
Short Histories:
book Tamplin, R. L. C.  Death or glory, a short history of the 17th/21st Lancers.  [Nairobi : s.l.], 1959. [special  issue of the Regimental journal, "The White lancer and the vedette" to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the raising of the regiment."
book A short history of the 17th/21st Lancers.  Viersen, Germany : 15 Comp. Ord. Dept., 1975.
book Ffrench Blake, R. L. V. The 17th/21st Lancers.  London : Hamish Hamilton, 1968.  (Famous regiments)  ISBN: 024101543X
book Ffrench Blake, R. L. V.  The 17th/21st Lancers.  [Rev. ed.] London : L. Cooper,  1993.  ISBN: 0850522722 (Famous regiments)
Special Topics:
book Fosten, Bryan.  17th/21st Lancers.  Essex, England : Pompadour Gallery,  1986.  [6 pictures,  "Set no. 5."]