Medals of the Regiments:
16th (The Queen's) Lancers


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16th (The Queen's) Lancers

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Bi-metal badge as worn post 1905, title scroll "The Queen's Lancers"
(pre 1905 version scroll: "Queen's Lancers")
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  16th (The Queen's) Lancers
1759 - 1922
Some Titles....
1759 16th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
1769 16th (or The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons
1816 16th (The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Lancers)
1861 16th (or Queen's) Lancers
1905 16th (The Queen's) Lancers
Earliest recognised formation: When raised in 1759, although an earlier regiment ranked as the 16th Dragoons raised in 1715 (The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Dragoons) may lay claim, but that regiment was disbanded in 1718
Motto: Aut cursu aut cominus armis      (Either in the charge or hand to hand)
Regimental Journal:  ??
WWI: Battle Honours; 20 Victoria Crosses; 0 Died; 185
Amalgamated: 1922 with the 5th Royal Irish Lancers to form the16/5th Queen's Royal Lancers.

Peninsula War 1808 - 1814  

Military General Service Medal 1793 - 1814




Fuentes d'Onor




number: 8648 6271 8030  

two officers on the staff list received Orthes and Toulouse for service with other units


Battle Honours:  Talavera, Fuentes d'Onor, Salamanca,Vittoria, Nive, Peninsula.


Battle of Waterloo 1815

Waterloo Medal 1815 (names on roll, includes died , missing etc)

number: 461

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

Officers: 1 Captain and 1 Coronet killed; 1 Lieutenant Colonel, 1 Captain and 2 Lieutenants wounded.

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

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 Regiment Not since heard of, supposed dead.
8- 1- 24 411 --

and 85 Horses Killed


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

Battle Honour;  Waterloo.


Revolt of the Rajah of Bhurtpoor 1825-26

Army of India Medal 1799 - 1826




Battle Honour: Bhurtpoor


First Afghan War 1839-1842 

Ghuznee Medal 1839


Battle Honour:  Ghuznee 1839, Affghanistan 1839


Gawalior Campaign 1843

Gawalior Campaign Maharajpoor Star 1843


Battle Honour:  Maharajpore


The First Sikh War 1845 - 1846.  

The Sutlej Medal 1845 -46






numbers: 551439

A recipients first battle corresponds to the medal reverse type, followed by clasp(s) for subsequent battles.


The Nile Expedition 1884-5 A detachment of the 16th Lancers formed a component of the Heavy Camel Regiment

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89

The Nile 1884 -85

Abu Klea

number: 46* 40

* 3 officers and 43 other ranks


Recipients also entitled to a Khedive's Star dated 1884-6



North West Frontier Operations 1897-98  (Machine Gun Detachment and odd men??)

India Medal 1895


Punjab Frontier

Samana 1897

Tirah 1897-98

number: ?3* ?

*attached to the Medical Department


VCs: 1;   Murray     (see Victoria Crosses of the North West Frontier 1895 - 1898 page)



Anglo - Boer War 1899 - 1902  (Jan 1900-end of the war)

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

Common clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; also:

Relief of Kimberley




Diamond Hill


number: ? ? ? ? ? ?


number: ?          

1014 names on the roll.



Officers NCOs and Men
KIA & DOW/ DOD Wounded Missing / POW KIA & DOW Death from disease Wounded Missing / POW
7 / 1 12 - 29 15 95 7

Battle Honour: Relief of Kimberley, Paardeburg, South Africa 1900-1902.


The Great War 1914 - 1918 Served France and Flanders.


16th August 1914 to France with the 3rd Cavalry Brigade,, The Cavalry Division... 6th September 1914 3rd Cavalry Brigade to Gough's Command, which on the 13th September 1914 became 2nd Cavalry Division.


Soldiers/Officers died records 185 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; Le Cateau; Marne 1914; Aisne 1914; Messines 1914; Ypres 1914, 1915; Bellewaarde; Arras 1917; Cambrai 1917; Somme 1918. Retreat from Mons; Armentières 1914; Gheluvelt; St Julien; Scarpe 1917; Amiens; Hindenburg Line; Canal du Nord; Pursuit to Mons; France and Flanders 1914-18.


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Selected Links

The Regimental Museum. (Located in ) 


Selected Bibliography;

Author Title Publisher
(Cannon's Historical Records Series) Historical Record of the Sixteenth, or The Queen's Regiment of Light Dragoons, Lancers; containing an Account of the Formation of the Regiment in 1759, and of its subsequent Services to 1841. 120 pp.  London : John W. Parker, 1842
Col. Henry Graham. History of the Sixteenth, The Queen's Light Dragoons (Lancers), 1759 to 1912. 334 pp.  Devizes: George Simpson, privately printed, 1912.
Col. Henry Graham. History of the Sixteenth, The Queen's Light Dragoons (Lancers),1912 to 1925.   148 pp. Devizes: George Simpson, privately printed, 1926


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. -
  Additional bibliography same as Northumberland Fusiliers page  



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