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Cap badge, officer, 6th King Edward's Own Cavalry, 1906-1921

Gilt badge in the form of the royal and imperial cypher of King Edward VII, 'ERI', for 'Edwardus Rex Imperator' (Edward, King and Emperor), resting on the regimental number, in Roman numerals, 'VI', surmounted by a King's Crown, over crossed lances, with a scroll bearing the unit title, 'Cavalry'.

The 6th King Edward's Own Cavalry traced its history back to the 8th Irregular Horse raised in 1842. It was subsequently retitled as the 6th Regiment of Bengal Cavalry (1861-1883), the 6th (The Prince of Wales's) Bengal Cavalry (1883-1901), the 6th (Prince of Wales's) Bengal Cavalry (1901-1903), 6th Prince of Wales's Cavalry (1903-1906), and then, in 1906, it became the 6th King Edward's Own Cavalry.

At the outbreak of World War One (1914-1918), the regiment consisted of one squadron each of Jat Sikhs, Sikhs, Jats and Hindustani Muslims, and was stationed at Sialkot in the Punjab. The regiment was attached to the 2nd (Sialkot) Cavalry Brigade, 1st Indian Cavalry Division and arrived in France in November 1914, where it was involved in the 1st Battle of Ypres. It would go on to also receive the battle honours, 'Somme 1916', 'Morval', 'Cambrai 1917' and 'France and Flanders 1914-18'.

The regiment moved to Egypt in March 1918 to support General Allenby's final destruction of the Ottoman Army, and earned the further battle honours, 'Megiddo', 'Sharon', 'Damascus', and 'Palestine 1918'. The regiment stayed in the Middle East on garrison duties, before finally returning to India in October 1920. In 1921 the regiment was amalgamated with the 7th Hariana Lancers, to form the 6th/7th Cavalry, with the new title, 18th King Edward's Own Cavalry in 1922.

From the Field Marshal Sir John Chapple Indian Army Collection.

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NAM. 2013-10-20-19-11


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