9th/12th Royal Lancers

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9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)
Royal Lancers cap badge.gif
Cap Badge of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers
Active 11 September 1960–present
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Cavalry
Role Formation Reconnaissance
Size One regiment
Part of Royal Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQ RHQ: South Wigston, Leicester
Regiment: Hohne, Germany
Nickname The Delhi Spearmen[1]
Motto Ich Dien (I Serve)
March Quick: God Bless the Prince of Wales
Slow: Men of Harlech, The Coburg March
Anniversaries Mons/Moy
Commanders
Colonel-in-Chief HRH The Duke of York
Colonel of
the Regiment
Major-General J.H.T. Short CB OBE
Insignia
Tactical Recognition Flash 9th 12th Royal Lancers TRF.svg
Identification
symbol
Prince of Wales's feathers
from 12th Dragoons
Abbreviation 9/12 L

The 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army, formed in 1960 by the amalgamation of the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers and the 12th Royal Lancers. It is currently a formation reconnaissance regiment, equipped with the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) family of vehicles and attached to the 7th Armoured Brigade, the Desert Rats. The regiment is based in South Wigston, Leicestershire, along with its affiliated Territorial Army unit, The Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry, which forms B Squadron of The Royal Yeomanry.

History[edit]

Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) vehicle being operated in Afghanistan by soldiers of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers

The amalgamation of the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers and the 12th Royal Lancers took place on 11 September 1960 in Tidworth Garrison Church.[2]
The inscription reads:

"Here on the 11 September 1960, 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) was formed by the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers and the 12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) coming together before God. It is not the beginning but the continuing of the same until it be thoroughly finished, which yieldeth the true glory."

On 10 May 1972 the regiment received the Freedom of Derby and in January 1975 the whole regiment was deployed Armagh for a four month tour during the Troubles.[2] Squadrons were sent on tours to Cyprus in the late 1980s during the emergency there.[3]

D Squadron deployed to the Middle East in 1991 on Operation Granby to provide Battle Casualty Replacements.[3] The regiment was once again at the forefront in 1992 as part of the deployment to Bosnia on Operation Grapple 1.[4]

In 1999 the regiment was deployed to Canada as the 'opposing force' for training battlegroups.[5]

The regiment took part in Operation Telic in Iraq providing units for Telic 3 in 2004 and then Telic 7 in 2005.[6] It also provided units for Operation Herrick 14 in Afghanistan in 2008.[7] This tour saw them A Squadron with lead responsibility for the security of Highway 1, operating on CVR(T), overseeing the introduction of the new Scimitar 2. Other members of the regiment were heavily involved in mentoring and advising Afghan National Security Forces, including the Afghan National Army (ANA).

In 2013, the regiment returned to Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 19, setting the conditions for the withdrawal of UK forces. As the Warthog Group, A Squadron conducted a range of tasks including route security of Highway 1, and on sveral occasions worked closely with the Afghan Uniformed Police. B Squadron formed the core of the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, operating primarily as heli-borne dismounted troops to interdict specific threats to ISAF or ANSF security. Other members of the regiment were employed coordinating Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Assets (ISTAR) within the Task Force Helmand Headquarters, and overseeing the backloading of equipment in preparation for the British withdrawal in 2015.

In 2012, as part of the Army 2020 reforms intended to reduce the size of the British Army in line with the Strategic Defence and Security Review, it was announced that the 9th/12th Royal Lancers would be amalgamated with the Queen's Royal Lancers to form a single regiment, The Royal Lancers (RL), in 2015.[8] The new regiment will be based in Catterick - the regiment will begin its move back to England in early 2015.

Battle honours[edit]

The regiment carries the following battle honours awarded to its predecessors:[9]

  • Egypt, Salamanca, Peninsula, Waterloo, Punniar, Sobraon, Chillianwallah, Goojerat, Punjaub, South Africa 1851–53, Sevastopol, Delhi 1857, Lucknow, Central India, Charasiah, Kabul 1878, Kandahar 1880, Afghanistan 1878–80, Modder River, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, South Africa 1899–1902
  • Great War: Mons, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Ypres 1914–18, Somme 1916–18, Arras 1917, Cambrai 1917–18, Rosieres, Sambre, Pursuit to Mons
  • Second World War: Dyle, Dunkirk 1940, Somme 1940, NW Europe 1940, Chor Es Sufan, Gazala, Rusweisat, El Alamein, El Hamma, Tunis, N Africa 1941–43, Lamone Bridgehead, Argenta Gap, Bologna, Italy 1944–45

Mons Moy[edit]

Mons Moy is the weekend that the Regiment, both serving and old comrades, remember the Fallen of all conflicts. Where commitments allow, it falls between 28 August and 7 September. On 28 August 1914 at Moy, the 12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) successfully charged against the German Guard Dragoons.[10]

Regimental Collect[edit]

"O Eternal God, grant to us, thy servants of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers, strength, guidance, courage, and steadfast Faith, that we may ever serve thee truly; and finally by thy mercy attain everlasting glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord – Amen".[11]

Regimental Museum[edit]

The Regimental Museum Display is housed within the Soldier’s Story gallery at Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

Alliances[edit]

Affiliations[edit]

Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
The Queen's Royal Hussars
(The Queen's Own and Royal Irish)
Cavalry Order of Precedence Succeeded by
King's Royal Hussars

References[edit]

  1. ^ Acquired during the Indian Mutiny, 1857
  2. ^ a b Brief History, page 12
  3. ^ a b Brief History, page 14
  4. ^ Brief History, page 15
  5. ^ Brief History, page 16
  6. ^ Brief History, page 18
  7. ^ Brief History, page 19
  8. ^ "Army 2020 announcement". Ministry of Defence. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "9th/12th Royal Lancers". Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Brief History, page 9
  11. ^ Brief History, page 2

Further reading[edit]

  • A Brief History of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)
  • Brockbank, R & Collins, RM. A Short History of the XII Royal Lancers 1945–60. Polestar Wheatons Ltd
  • Hanwell (1949). A Short History of the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers 1715–1949. Aldershot: Gale & Polden Ltd.
  • Stewart MC, PF. History of the XII Royal Lancers. Oxford University Press.

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