Medals of the Regiments:
12th (Prince of Wales's Royal ) Lancers

12th (Prince of Wale's Royal) Lancers Cap Badge 1898-1903
12th (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers, "Prince of Wales's Plumes" type  badge 1898-1903
Kipling and King reference 767
12th (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers "crossed Lances" type collar badge 1903-58
(same design as the cap badge of the same period)
cap badge:  Kipling and King768

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12th (Prince of Wales's Royal ) Lancers

Some Titles
 Bowles's Regiment of Dragoons 1715
12th (The Prince of Wales's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons 1768
12th (The Prince of Wales's) Royal Regiment of Lancers 1861
12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's) 1921
Earliest recognised formation: 1715, as Bowles's Regiment of Dragoons, raised in that year as part of the expansion of the Army in response to the threat from the Stuarts to overthrow George I.
Motto: Ich dien = I  Serve.
Regimental Journal:  The Twelfth Royal Lancers Journal.
WWI: Battle Honours; 23 Victoria Crosses; 0 Died; 149
WWII: Battle Honours; 26 Victoria Crosses; 0 Died; ????
Amalgamated: 1960, with the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers to form 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's)

Egypt Campaign 1801 & The Peninsula War 1808 - 1814  "Light Dragoons"

Military General Service Medal 1793 - 1814 clasp:

total medals max clasps clasp:
155 4 number:45 86 101 27 27

Three officers with some clasps awarded for service with other units have been omitted.


Battle Honour: Salamanca; Peninsula


Battle of Waterloo 1815

Waterloo Medal 1815

Number: 397

Casualties 16th, 17th & 18th June 1815 (extracted London Gazette 8/7/1815 & "Medals of the British Army: And how they were won" T. Carter 1861*)

Officers:1 Lieutenant and 1 Cornet killed; 1 Lieutenant-Colonel, 1 Captain and 1 Lieutenant wounded.

*Sergeants, Trumpeters, Drummers, Farriers and Rank and File:

Killed Wounded Missing
Died of wounds Suffered amputation Discharged Transferred to Veteran or Garrison Battalions Rejoined the Regiment Remaining in hospitals in April 1816 Total Rejoined the RegimentNot since heard of, supposed dead.
43 4 - - - 50 8 62 - -

Horses: 28 killed, 22 wounded, 60 missing.


*Carter's figures are in turn  extracted from the return prepared by the Adjutant-Generals office, 13th April 1816.

Battle Honour;  Waterloo.


8th Kaffir War  1850-53*.  Regiment arrived in theatre October 1851 

South Africa Medal 1834-53

number: 368

*One individual , Pte James Brown also served in the 7th Kaffir War with the 73rd Regiment

Battle Honours: South Africa 1851-2.


Crimean War  1854 - 1856       

Crimea Medal 1854 -56

Clasp: → ..none...


Total Medals
Number: 18? 592 610

Men who served in the Crimea also eligible for:

Turkish Crimea Medal 1855


Battle Honours: ; Sebastopol.


Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

India Mutiny Medal. 1857 -59

clasp: ...none...

Central India

number: 118252


Battle Honour: Central India


South African War 1899 - 1902 or "Boer War"  (November 1899 to the end of the war)

Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902, with or without the King's South Africa Medal 1901 - 1902



Cape Colony

Orange Free State





number: 953 571 572 373 351 372

Diamond Hill


Relief of Kimberley


number: 224 297 374 44  

South Africa 1901

South Africa 1902

Total Medals      
number: 502* 452*1340**   

*SA01/02 numbers only relate to the Queen's South Africa Medal.

** men listed with other units but who had some service noted with the 12 L  are not included

The Roll: A-B C-D E-H I-N O-S T-Z



OfficersNCOs and Men
KIA & DOWWoundedDeath from disease KIA & DOWDeath from disease WoundedMissing / POW
712 129 1595 7

Battle Honours:  Relief of Kimberley; Paardeburg; South Africa 1899-1902.


The Great War 1914 - 1918 Served France and Flanders.


To France and Flanders (from the UK) August 1914, 5th Cavalry Brigade (independent)  6th September 1914 Brigade transferred to Gough's Command; Gough's command becoming 2nd Cavalry Division 16th September 1914. Regiment remained in this brigade and division for the duration.


Soldiers/Officers died records 149 casualties for the period.


Men landed France and Flanders prior to 1/1/1916 entitled to a 1914 or 1914-15 Star as appropriate. Also the British War Medal & Victory Medal



Battle Honours: Mons; Retreat from Mons; Marne 1914; Aisne 1914; Messines 1914; Ypres 1914, 1915; Arras 1917; Cambrai 1917, 1918; Somme 1918; Sambre. Neuve Chapelle; St Julien; Bellewaarde; Scarpe 1917; St Quentin; Lys; Hazebrouck; Amiens; Albert 1918; Hindenburg Line; St Quentin Canal; Beaurevoir; France and Flanders 1914-18.


WW2 1939 - 1945 (Royal Armoured Corps)

campaigns: France and Belgium 1940 North Africa Italy
WW2 campaign stars: -  Africa  Italy
notes: Corps Troops British Expeditionary Force 16/10/39 - evacuated 6/40. Regiment performed critical rearguard roll during the retreat to Dunkirk. 8th Army, 1st Armoured Division, Divisional Troops Battle of El Alamein. in 55 Armoured Cars. Corps Armoured Car Regiment.

Most also entitled to the 39-45 Star & 1939-45 War Medal


Note: a detachment of the 12th Lancers was used as the nucleus for the formation of the 27th Lancers.


Battle Honours:  Dyle; Dunkirk 1940; North-West Europe 1940; Chor es Sufan; Gazala; El Alamein; Tunis; North Africa 1941-3; Bologna; Italy 1944-5. Defence of Arras; Arras Counter-attack; Alam el Haifa; Advance on Tripoli; Tebaga Gap; El Hamma; Akarit; El Kourzia; Djebel Kournine; Creteville Pass; Citerna; Gothic Line; Capture of Forli; Conventello-Comacchio; Sillaro Crossing; Idice Bridgehead.


The Malaya Emergency: Operations against Communist insurgents. 1948-60  (1951)

General Service Medal 1918 - 62



number: ?

The Cyprus Emergency 1955 - 1960  (June 1958- June 1960)

General Service Medal 1918-62



number: ?

COs: Lt. Col D.A. St G. Laurie & Lt. Col. A. J. Clark Kennedy.


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Selected Links

The Regimental Museum.  (Derby City Council site) Housed in the Military Gallery of the Derby Museum.


Selected Bibliography;

Author Title Publisher
(Cannon's Historical Records Series) Historical Record of the Twelfth, or The Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment of Lancers; containing an Account of the Formation of the Regiment in 1715, and of its subsequent Services to 1842.  84 pp. London: John W. Parker, 1842.   Abe
Lt.-Col. G. W. Hobson. The Story of the XII Royal Lancers from 1715 to 1918. 315 pp. For private circulation only. 24 copies only printed—Author Northampton: Xpress Printers Ltd. 1945
Capt. P. T. Stewart The History of the XII Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's). 516 pp.  Abe London: Oxford University Press, 1950
Major H. V. S. Charrington. The 12th Royal Lancers in France, August 17th, 1914-November 11th, 1918. 50 pp. (reprinted N&MP 2007 Abe  ) Aldershot: Gale & Polden Ltd., 1921.
 Lt.-Col. G. W. Hobson. (Stories collected by) Some XII Royal Lancers. Stories collected by Lt.-Col. G. W. Hobson. 272 pp.,  Abe Shipston-on-Stour: The ` King's Stone ' Press.


Additional Bibliography for this Page.

Author/Compiler Title Publisher
Officers of the Regiment. Unpublished rolls in the care of the National Archives; WO 100/ etc. -
Stiles, Richard G.M.L. Mayhem in the Med  (Cyprus Emergency) Savannah Pub. London. 2005
  Additional bibliography same as Northumberland Fusiliers page  



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