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11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own)

Last updated: 1 July 2014

Other ranks’ cap badge, 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own), c1900.Other ranks’ cap badge, 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own), c1900
NAM. 1964-04-85-16

Introduction

In July 1715 Jacobite discontent was already approaching crisis point in Scotland, so the new monarch ordered that nine dragoon regiments be raised. One of these was the unit that would in 1751 be numbered the 11th Dragoons. The rebellion broke out two months later and 50 of the regiment stormed the barricades at Preston as dismounted infantry.

In the Second Jacobite Rebellion, 30 years later, one troop from the regiment fought in the Hanoverian defeat at Clifton Muir, the last battle on English soil, as well as pursuing the fleeing Highlanders at Culloden (1746). In 1758 a light troop from the regiment took part in raids on the French ports of St Malo and Cherbourg and in 1759 the whole regiment served in Germany.

In 1783 the regiment was converted into light dragoons and ten years later it sent two squadrons to fight in the Low Countries, charging at Le Cateau and Tournai. It returned to northern Europe in 1799 and the following year sent 79 men from its ‘C’ Squadron to Egypt to join General Ralph Abercrombie, a former commander of the regiment. Abercrombie was so impressed by their conduct that he requested that that squadron be allowed to parade in the place of honour to the right of the line, a tradition still perpetuated by its successor regiment. This engagement also won the regiment the sphinx on its cap badge.

It then fought in the Peninsula from 1811 to 1813 and in Belgium in 1815, capturing the last French guns still firing at Waterloo. It then joined the Army of Occupation in Paris, before returning to a few years on home service.

In 1819 the regiment set off for its first Indian posting. It lasted until 1838, left all but 224 men of the regiment unfit for service and included service at the Siege of Bhurtpore during the Jat War. It was then given a base in Kent to bring itself back up to strength. Thus when Prince Albert landed at Dover in 1840 it provided his escort as far as Canterbury and part of the escort at his ensuing wedding to Queen Victoria. Albert thus adopted it, becoming its colonel, converting it to hussars and granting it his name, title, motto, crest and crimson livery trousers.

The regiment then sent 250 men to the Crimean War (1854-56), where they took part in the charge of the Light Brigade, before spending much of the rest of century in England and Ireland. This was interrupted by two more Indian deployments from 1866 to 1878 and 1890 to 1899.

A corporal of the 11th Hussars at home, c1890A corporal of the 11th Hussars at home, c1890
NAM. 1975-08-25

The regiment served in South Africa from 1890 to 1892, yet during the Boer War it remained in Egypt, sending only 108 men to the conflict. It returned from Egypt to Ireland in 1903 and in 1911 it gained a German colonel-in-chief - Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, eldest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II. In 1914 it joined the British Expeditionary Force and remained on the Western Front throughout the First World War, mostly in a dismounted role.

In 1920 the future George VI became the regiment’s colonel-in-chief and eight years later it became one of the first British cavalry units to mechanise. The regiment then deployed to Egypt and Palestine for much of the 1930s, manning the border with Italian Cyrenaica during the Abyssinian crisis and suppressing the Arab Revolt.

It fought in the Western Desert during the early years of the Second World War, before moving on to Italy in 1943 and northwest Europe from June 1944 to the war’s end. It remained on occupation duty in Germany until 1953, when it deployed to Malaya. It served in Northern Ireland in 1959 and sent two troops to Aden in 1960. The last full-unit deployment for the regiment was seven years in Germany from 1962 onwards, at the end of which it returned to England to amalgamate with the 10th Royal Hussars to form The Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales’s Own).

Key facts

Motto:

  • 'Treu und Fest' (meaning 'Loyal and Sure' - Prince Albert’s motto)

Nicknames:

  • The Cherry Pickers (during the Peninsular War the regiment was surprised by the French in a cherry orchard)
  • The Cherrybums (from its crimson trousers, part of Prince Albert’s livery)
  • The Cherubims
  • Lord Cardigan’s Bloodhounds (infamous for his role in the Charge of the Light Brigade, Lord Cardigan was the regiment’s field commander from 1837 to 1853 and colonel from 1860 to 1868)

Titles to date:

  • Philip Honeywood’s Regiment of Dragoons
  • 11th Dragoons
  • 11th Regiment of Dragoons
  • 11th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
  • 11th (Prince Albert’s Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars)
  • 11th (or Prince Albert’s Own) Hussars
  • 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own)
  • The Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales’s Own)
  • ‘C’ Squadron, The King’s Royal Hussars
 The King's Royal Hussars
1992-present
 
                  
     
 The Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own)
1969-1992
 14th/20th King's Hussars
1922-1992
 
                   
         
10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own)
1715-1969
 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own)
1715-1969
 14th King's Hussars
1715-1922
 20th Hussars
1858-1922

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18 comments

John P SMEDLEY
12 November 2013, 8.51pm

I was born into the regiment

I was born into the regiment in 1940 out in Abbassia Egypt. My father was a sergeant and our family followed him around till he retired.

John Plumb
5 February 2015, 10.46am

I served in the 11th in

I served in the 11th in Malaya 1953, left the Regiment as a corporal in 1955. I was the instigator of the 11th Hussars Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas. Staffs.

Anthony Allen
15 March 2015, 11.13pm

My Gt Grandfather, Laurence

My Gt Grandfather, Laurence Allen enlisted in the 11th in 1896. He was one of the 108 (some say 114) men sent from Egypt to S. Africa to fight in the Boer War. He was involved in the relief of Ladysmith, amongst other battles. He left the 11th in 1905. He re-enlisted in the RFA in 1914 and served, without leave, until his death on 26th September 1918. He is buried in Greece. Any info that may be of help in my research will be gratefully received.

Nick wardell
15 April 2015, 5.04pm

Hi I am the son in law of

Hi I am the son in law of Donald belcher, he is currently 80 years old and always goes on about the 11th hussars and his service in Malaya if any body out there remembers him or could enlighten me on his service days I would be great full.

I retired from the British Army in 2006 after 24 years service so it would be great to hear any news pertaining to Don belcher

Karen Voget (nee Sims)
23 April 2015, 11.06pm

Hi, My father Arthur Raymond

Hi, My father Arthur Raymond Sims was with the 11th Hussars for 18 years, when I was born in Germany (Gifhorn) in 1953, when the army was then deployed to Malaya. We had basing's in Hohne Camp, Germany, Aden, Ireland etc. Unfortunately my father passed away in 2001 aged 75 yrs., with his wife Ann Sims passing away in 2005 - having lived for 30 years in Australia. They both emigrated to Adelaide Australia in 1971 from Paddington and Harrow, London. If anybody out there knows them, I would love to hear from you.

Chris Day
30 April 2015, 3.36pm

Grandson of Albert (Joe) Day

Grandson of Albert (Joe) Day now aged 87 Immigrated to Australia in 1990. He served in the 11th he always tells me tales of the past including ADEN, MALAYA just wondering if anyone has any details of any surviving mates.

Maurice Rogers
14 May 2015, 9.37pm

I joined The 11th Hussars, in

I joined The 11th Hussars, in 1963 in Hohne and it wasn't until years later that I realised what a fantastic "Band of Brothers" we were.
This coming weekend our OCA celebrates our 300th Anniversary at The NMA.
Our Memorial is a fine example of the cooperation enjoyed by ALL of the members of our OCA

mr john a barford
24 May 2015, 8.40pm

i was with the 11th b sqn,

i was with the 11th b sqn, 1965
class one gunner centurion, chieftain

Nick Attfield
17 June 2015, 9.33am

My grandfather Charles

My grandfather Charles Holloway was seconded from 7th Light Horse later to be the AIF, to The 11th Hussars. He fought his war with you blokes through Africa and Italy. He was in Chameleon light tanks as a Captain. I am going to Sicily and if any one has any info on where to visit to pay my respects I would be grateful. Regards Nick

Paul Cassidy
15 September 2015, 5.41pm

Hi I am trying to track an

Hi
I am trying to track an Alan Johnson (or Johnston) who was stationed in Omagh or Lisnarick, Northern Ireland in 1960. I believe he was originally from Stratford Upon Avon. I'm afraid that's all I have at the moment. Many thanks in advance.
Paul

George Clarke, Nobby
5 October 2015, 5.52pm

Just like to hear from

Just like to hear from anybody who served with me from 1955 1958. Mostly at Hadrians camp, also with Dennis Callon, Pete stringer, Peter Caldwell, Ken Gould used to call him ticker, Sgt Lemon,

Colin Young
2 March 2016, 3.23pm

My great uncle Robert Young

My great uncle Robert Young from Motherwell was a Horse-breaker in the 11th Hussars from Feb 1899 - Dec 1903, serving firstly in India (from Feb 1899) then Egypt (from Oct 1899). He was posted to the 11th after serving with the 8th Hussars from May 1897. Any information on the role of the 11th during those dates appreciated. Colin

ronald phipps
22 March 2016, 9.21pm

I joined the 11th Hussars in

I joined the 11th Hussars in 1951 and remained until 1959.

George Cook
29 April 2016, 6.57pm

George Cook, SGT. Served with

George Cook, SGT. Served with the 11th from 1947 to 1953.
I am now 86, so can't imagine there are too many of my old "muckers" out there, but if there are, like to hear from you.

George Cook
30 May 2016, 1.10am

Ref: # 13 ,Ron Phipps , You

Ref: # 13 ,Ron Phipps , You must have joined at Vasendorph,
I was probably your Drill Sgt. Ha Ha !!!

Tony Gould
12 July 2016, 6.58pm

With reference to George

With reference to George (Nobby) Clark, my dad Ken Gould kept his army days pretty quiet, it was only a couple of years ago he said about being in Malaya. He's not a well man now but probably would like to hear from mates from those days.

Richard Taffy Chappell
10 January 2017, 2.24pm

ex Recce live near

ex Recce live near Bournemouth, be good to meet up

George Cook
24 January 2017, 10.00pm

Would like to hear from any

Would like to hear from any one serving from 1947/53 .

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