Medals of the Regiments:
7th (Queen's Own) Hussars

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  7th (Queen's Own) Hussars
1689 -1958



7th or Queen's Own Light Dragoons
also sometime known as  "Cunningham's Dragoons"
1689 to 1807
7th (Queens Own) Hussars 1807 to amalgamation 1958
Earliest recognised formation; 1689
Regimental Journal: The Regimental Journal of the 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars.
WWI Battle Honours; 3. Victoria Crosses; 0. Died; 62
WWII Battle Honours; 10 Victoria Crosses; 0.  Died; ??
Other Victoria Crosses : 2 for the Indian Mutiny1857-58.
Amalgamated: 1958 with 3rd The King's Own Hussars to form The Queen's Own Hussars

Peninsula War 1808 - 1814

Military General Service Medal 1793 - 1814 clasps:

Total Medals Max clasps



Sahagun & Benevente





2064 1*5 84 2 18 145116

*Mullen shows the  Sahagun clasp in combination with Toulouse to a John Stewart - also noting this man as "Not on Roll"


India Mutiny 1857  

India Mutiny Medal. 1857 -59



Relief of Lucknow

total medals
numbers: 110434 1544

Operations against the Mohmands, Shabkadar. 1863-64

India General Service Medal 1854 - 95

North West Frontier
numbers : 155

The 7th Hussars particularly distinguished themselves during the campaign when on the 2nd Jan 1864 they carried out three successive charges through the massed enemy ranks.


South Africa & The Zulu War 1879

South Africa Medal 1877-79



numbers : 5

Capt H. McCalmont,  Lt. Hon. A. J. G. Byng,  Lt. Hon J. E. L. Jervis, Lt. Lord J. E. L. St. Vincent and 1137 Pte. W. Lees.


The Nile Expedition 1884-5 A detachment of the 7th Hussars formed a component of the Light Camel Regiment

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-89

The Nile 1884 -85

Suakin 1885


Number: 52* 2** 1***

* 3 officers and 44 other ranks in the Light Camel Regiment; 1 officer and 3 other ranks served with the Mounted Infantry Camel Regiments; 1 other rank with the staff.

** 1536 Pte J. Miles &  2109 Pte. G. Carpenter

***Allegedly 2300 Sgt. R. Sheean also had the Gemaizah clasp for later service in 1888


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



Operations in Rhodesia and Mashonaland  1896 -7

British South Africa Company Medal 1890 -1897

reverse/clasp: Rhodesia 1896
Mashonaland 1897
numbers : 228 201 (16)*

* 16 of the 201 are no clasp Mashonaland reverse.


South African War 1899 - 1902 or "Boer War"  (main body served from December 1901)

Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902.

Common clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; also the following two clasps are recorded to odd men with other units in advance of the main body :-



Defence of Ladysmith
total medals
numbers; 5 ?* 1** 622

* Allegedly five attached to Rhodesia Frontier Force, have found three: Major G.A.L. Carew, 2523 Pte G. Aylen, 4036 Pte. J. Burditt.

**One 7th Hussars reservist attached to the 18th Hussars ( 2027 Pte. F. Webb)




Officers NCOs and Men
KIA & DOW Wounded Missing / POW KIA & DOW Death from disease Wounded Missing / POW
- 3 - 2 6 3 -



The Great War 1914 - 1918 

 British War Medal & Victory Medal


Regiment in India until December 1917 then moved to Mesopotamia. - 5 officers and 57 other ranks died.



Persia 1918 - 19

General Service Medal 1918 -62


S. Persia

numbers: ?

WW2 1939 - 1945 (Royal Armoured Corps)

WW2 Stars:  Africa *  Italy Burma

(Excluding 1939-45 Star and War Medal)


* sometime "Desert Rats" Served 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades (4th Brigade component of 7th Armoured Division). Served with distinction in the Sidi Rezegh battle, unfortunately losing 47 of their 51 Tanks.

WW2 Battle Honours
Egyptian Frontier 1940 Beda Fomm  Sidi Rezegh 1941 North Africa 1940-41
Ancona Rimini Line Italy 1944-45 Pegu
Paungde Burma 1942

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Selected Links

The Regimental Museum.  

Selected Bibliography; 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars.

Author/Compiler Title Publisher
Cannon, Richard. Historical Records of the Seventh or The Queen's Own Regiment of Hussars. John W. Parker  London, 1842.
Barrett, C. R. B. The 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars. (2 vols) Royal United Services Institution London,1914.
Anon. A Short History of the Seventh Queen's Own Hussars from 1689 to 1932. Gale & Polden Ltd. Aldershot. 1932.
Davy, G. M. O. Brig. The Seventh and the Three Enemies. The Story of World War II and the 7th Queen's Own Hussars. W. Heffer & Sons Ltd. Cambridge 1953
Evans, Roger. The Years Between, The Story of the 7th Queen's Own Hussars 1911- 1937. Gale & Polden Ltd, Aldershot 1965
Brereton, J. M. The 7th Queen's Own Hussars (Famous regiments series?) Leo Cooper 1975


General bibliography for this page.

Author/Compiler Title Publisher
Officers of the Regiment. Unpublished rolls in the care of the National Archives; WO 100/ etc. -
Forsyth, D. R. South African War Medal Roll 1877 - 8 - 9 Roberts Publications Ltd. (nd).
Anon. Soldiers Died in the Great War Part 1. HMSO
Verney, G. L. The Desert Rats, The 7th Armoured Division in World War II Hutchinson & Co. 1954
  and other sources as listed on the Northumberland Fusiliers page  



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