No. 50720 Pte. Herbert George Columbine, late M.G. Corps (Walton-on-the-Naze). For most conspicuous bravery and selfsacrifice displayed, when, owing to casualties, Pte. Columbine took over command of a gun and kept it firing from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. in an isolated position with no wire in front. During this time wave after wave of the enemy failed to get up to him. Owing to his being attacked by a low-flying aeroplane the enemy at last gained a strong footing in the trench on either side. The position being untenable he ordered the two remaining men to getaway, and, though being bombed from either side, kept his gun firing and inflicting tremendous losses. He was eventually killed by a bomb which blew up him and his gun. He showed throughout the highest valour, determination and self-sacrifice. (LG 30/4/1918)
Sgt. W. T. Marshall.
On 29 February 1884 at El Teb, Sudan, the Commanding Officer of the 19th Hussars (Lt. Col. Percy Barrow) was severely wounded, his horse was killed and he was on the ground surrounded by the enemy. Quartermaster-Sergeant Marshall, rode to his assistance, seized his hand and dragged him through the enemy back to the regiment, saving him from certain death.
Lieut. H.H. Gough
On 12 November 1857 at Alumbagh, India, Lieutenant Gough charged across a swamp and captured two guns which were defended by a vastly superior body of the enemy. His horse was wounded in two places and he himself received sword cuts through his turban. On 25 February 1858 at Jellalabad he set a magnificent example to his regiment when ordered to charge the enemy's guns. He engaged himself in a series of single combats until at length he was disabled by a musket ball through his leg while charging two sepoys with fixed bayonets.

Medals of the Regiments:
19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal)


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19th Hussars Cap Badge
Single scroll elephant cap badge in white metal Queen Alexandra's cypher type cap badge in white metal.
  in use 1898-1902 in use 1909-22
Kipling and King 789 Kipling and King 791



19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars

Some Titles....
19th Light Dragoons1 1759
18th Light Dragoons1 1763
19th Light Dragoons2 1779
23rd Light Dragoons3 1781
19th Light Dragoons3 1783
1st Bengal European Light Cavalry 1857
1st Bengal European  Cavalry 1859
19th Hussars 1862
19th (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own) Hussars 1902
19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars 1908
19th Royal Hussars (Queen Alexandra's Own) 1921
1,2 & 3 are separate disbanded regiments to which the 19th Hussars were granted lineage.
Earliest recognised formation: 1858 for continuous lineage, and 1759 with granted lineage to earlier regiments.
Motto: ??
Regimental Journal:  ??
WWI: Battle Honours; 21 Victoria Crosses; 1 Died; 164
Amalgamated: Disbanded in 1921, but reconstituted in 1922 and amalgamated with 15th The King's Hussars to form the 15th/19th The Kings Royal Hussars
23rd Light Dragoons 1781, renumbered the 19th in 1789.

Second Mahratta War 1803-05 19th Light Dragoons

Army of India Medal 1799 - 1826






Number: 14 10 7

Battle Honour: an elephant badge superscribed "Assaye" was permitted to be borne on the drum banners

19th Light Dragoons disbanded 1821
1st Bengal European Light Cavalry raised in 1857 by the Honourable East India Company

Indian Mutiny 1857-59  1st Bengal European Light Cavalry

India Mutiny Medal. 1857 -59

clasp: ...none... ?
number: ?? ?

VCs 1; Gough

Regiment Transferred to the British Establishment 1862, and now titled the 19th Hussars.

Egypt Campaign 1882: The Revolt of Arabi Pasha 

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89



Total medals
Number: ?? ?

Recipients also entitled to a Khedive's Star dated 1882

Battle Honours: Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt 1882, 1884


Sudan & The Nile Expedition 1884-5

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89


Suakin 1884




number: 218 54 34 267
The Nile 1884 -85

Abu Klea


Suakin 1885

number: 339 135 94 110

VCs 1; Marshall


Recipients not already in receipt of one will be entitled to a Khedive's Star dated 1884 or 1884-6 as appropriate.

Battle Honours: Nile 1884-5, Abu Klea


South African War 1899 - 1902 or "Boer War"  (Oct 1899- 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 common:



Defence of Ladysmith


Laing's Nek

names on roll    
numbers; ? ? ? ? 1300    


Officers NCOs and Men
KIA & DOW Death from disease Wounded Missing / POW KIA & DOW Death from disease Wounded Missing / POW
1 2 2 - 25 114 70 51

Battle Honour: Defence of Ladysmith, South Africa 1899-1902


The Great War 1914 - 1918 


"A" and "B" squadrons to France 31/8/1914, with "C" squadron following 3 weeks later. The 3 squadrons serving as divisional cavalry with 5th, 4th and 6th Divisions respectively. Regiment reformed 4/1915 and served with the 9th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, in the France and Flanders theatre for the remainder of the war.


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 and Victory Medal generally.

The regiment had a total of 164 deaths during the war.


VCs 1; Columbine (att. MGC Cav.)


Battle Honours;  Le Cateau; Retreat from Mons; Marne 1914; Aisne 1914; Armentieres 1914; Ypres 1915; Somme 1916, 1918; Cambrai 1917, 1918; Amiens; Pursuit to Mons. Frezenberg; Bellewaarde; Flers-Courcelette; St Quentin; Rosieres; Albert 1918; Bapaume 1918; Hindenburg Line; St Quentin Canal; Beaurevoir; France and Flanders 1914-18.


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Selected Links

The Regimental Museum. (Located in ) 


Selected Bibliography;

Author Title Publisher
Col. John Biddulph. The Nineteenth and their Times; being an Account of the Four Cavalry Regiments in the British Army that have borne the number Nineteen and of the Campaigns in which they served. 330 pp. London: John Murray, 1899


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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