In Collaboration With Charles Griffin



Origins of the Regiment
The 10th Bengal Lancers is one third of the original Hodson's Horse. William Hodson was serving on the staff of the Delhi Field Force in 1857 during the Great Mutiny. He was also commanding the Corps of Guides. Whilst holding these jobs he was asked to raise a regiment of irregular cavalry which came to be called Hodson's Horse. The gathering of wild men, brought in to join this force, in the vicinity of Delhi was a cause for concern, so Hodson had to relinquish his other jobs to take command of the regiment. The regiment went to the relief of Lucknow where Hodson met his death. Soon the force was so large that it was split into 3 separate regiments in 1858.

The 3rd regiment was disbanded in 1861 and the 1st and 2nd regiments became the 9th and 10th Bengal Cavalry. In 1871 the 10th fought in Abyssinia. A squadron of the 10th went to Malta with the 9th regiment in 1878 while the rest of the regiment went to Afghanistan. Whilst in Malta the squadron was inspected by the Duke of Cambridge who was so impressed that he conferred his name on the regiment.

In 1914 the 10th were stationed at Loralai. They were composed of one squadron of Dogras, one of Punjabi Muslims, one and a half squadrons of Sikhs and one half squadron of Pathans. They did not go to France but went to Mesopatamia where they took part in the capture of Baghdad.

Badge
Badges
1857 - 1921
Colours
1857 - 1921
Uniforms
1857 - 1921
Colonels
1857 - 1921
Commanding Officers
1857 - 1921
Soldiers
1857 - 1921
Nicknames
Flamingos
Plungers
Battle Honours
DELHI
LUCKNOW
ABYSSINIA
AFGHANISTAN 1878-80

World War I
FRANCE AND FLANDERS 1914-18
GIVENCHY 1914
SOMME 1916
BAZENTIN
FLERS COURCELETTE
CAMBRAI 1917
KHAN BAGHDADI
MESOPOTAMIA 1916-18
MEGIDDO
SHARON
DAMASCUS
PALESTINE 1918

Titles
1857 Hodson's Horse
1858 2nd Regiment of Hodson's Horse
1861 10th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry
1864 10th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry (Lancers)
1874 10th Regiment of Bengal Lancers
1878 10th (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Bengal Lancers
1901 10th (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Bengal Lancers (Hodson's Horse)
1903 10th Duke of Cambridge's Own Lancers (Hodson's Horse)
Successor Units
1921 4th Duke of Cambridge's Own (Hodson's Horse)
1922 4th Duke of Cambridge's Own Hodson's Horse
1927 Hodson's Horse (4th Duke of Cambridge's Own Lancers)
Post-Partition (To India)
1947 Hodson's Horse
1966 4th Horse
Further Reading
Hodson's Horse
by Major Francis G Carden

Rider on a Grey Horse
by B Cork

The Life of Hodson of Hodson's Horse
by Captain L J Trotter (J M Dent & Sons 1910)

Bengal Cavalry Regiments 1857-1914
by R G Harris (Osprey 1979)



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by Stephen Luscombe