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.
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.
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 )
( Commemorating the 140 7th Hussars )
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 )