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The Queen's Own Hussars

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The Guidon

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The word  'Guidon' is a corruption of the French 'Guide Homme' which means Guide Man.  They were carried in battle to indicate the position of the Commander and also to act as a rallying point.

Guidons  were carried by all Light cavalry Regiments until 1832 when it was decided to discontinue the practice because of the changing role of the Cavalry.  

Cavalry Battle Honours were carried on the Kettle drum banners and Officers Shabraques.  However in 1952 King George VI  reintroduced,   for ceremonial purposes only,   the Guidons of The Light cavalry,  the first Guidon of the amalgamated Regiment was presented on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen by the Colonel-in-Chief on the 20th March 1959.  A new Guidon was  presented to the Regiment by the Colonel-in-Chief on the 14th May 1985.

The Queen's Own Hussars have been awarded 67 Battle Honours,  however due to Army Regulations,  only a maximum of 40 may be carried on the Guidon.

When unfurled,  the Guidon is always carried by the Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant and an escort party of two Squadron Quartermaster Sergeants commanded by The Regimental Sergeant Major.

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Battle Honours

The following Battle Honours are included on the Guidon:

DETTINGEN        WARBURG        BEAUMONT         WILLEMS         SALAMANCA

        VITTORIA         ORTHES         TOULOUSE       PENINSULA        WATERLOO

CABOOL 1842        MOODKEE        PEROZESHAH        SOBRAON

CHILLIANWALLAH             PUNJAUB        LUCKNOW

SOUTH AFRICA 1901- 2        

RETREAT FROM MONS        MARNE 1914        YPRES 1914,15        CAMBRAI 1917,'18

SOMME 1918        AMIENS        FRANCE AND FLANDERS 1914 - 19

 KHAN BAGHDADI        SHARQAT        MESOPOTAMIA 1917-18        

EGYPTIAN FRONTIER 1940        BUQ BUQ        BEDA FOMM        SIDI REZEGH 1941

EL ALAMEIN        N. AFRICA 1940 - 42    CITTA DELLA PIEVE        ITALY 1944-45

ANCONA        CRETE        BURMA 1942

 

The following Battle Honours are not included on the Guidon:

SOUTH AFRICA 1902        MONS        LE CATEAU        AISNE 1914

MESSINES 1914        ARMENTIERES 1914        GHELUVELT        ST JULIEN

BELLEWAARDE        ARRAS 1917        SCARPE 1917        ST QUENTIN

LYS        HAZEBROUCK        BAPAUME 1918        HINDENBURG LINE

CANAL DU NORD        SELLE        SAMBRE        SIDI BARRANI

SIDI SULEIMAN        NORTH AFRICA 1940-41    PEGU        PAUNGDE

CITTA DI CASTELLO        RIMINI LINE        ITALY 1944

    

The Kettle Drums

The 3rd Hussars had the unique honour of carrying their Battle Honours emblazoned directly onto the silver kettledrums captured at the battle of Dettingen,  since amalgamation,  replicas of the drums (the originals were destroyed in a fire) were carried by the Regimental Drum Horse,  always with an escort of two Corporals in full Ceremonial  Dress Uniform.

Drum Horse Crusader                                 Drum Horse Crusader

Drum Horse Crusader on parade

                    

War Memorials

The three War Memorials which commemorate those killed in the First and Second World Wars are pictured below:

The Flag Pole Base   

(  Commemorating the 195  3rd  Hussars )

The Flagpole Base

 

The Statue 

( Commemorating the 140  7th  Hussars )

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Both the above memorials were saluted by all ranks of the Regiment.

 

The Brass Gong

( Commemorating the 193 3rd Hussars killed in World War 1 )

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