British Cavalry Regiments of the First World War

Below is a complete list of every regular British cavalry regiment which served in the First World War. This list doesn’t include yeomanry regiments nor reserve cavalry regiments. If you click on the regiment’s title you will be taken to a new page which will provide you with the following information:

  • The regiment’s lineage
  • Where the regiment was stationed in August¬†1914
  • An overview of its services during the First World War
  • A description of its war diaries including catalogue references at the National Archives, London
  • Information to help you research a soldier who served in the regiment
  • Further sources of information
  • Whether a regimental history exists
  • Extracts from the regiment’s war diary

I have also written an article describing the structure of a British cavalry regiment¬†and other articles on researching those who served in the British Army during the First World War. Shown below are the officers of the 16th (The Queen’s) Lancers in a photograph published in The Tatler on 10 March 1915. The Tatler is a very useful publication to search if you’re researching cavalry officers and is available to view on FindmyPast.

Officers of the 16th Queen's Lancers British Cavalry WW1

British Cavalry Regiments of the First World War

1st Life Guards

2nd Life Guards

Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

1st (The King’s) Dragoon Guards

2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen’s Bays)

3rd (The Prince of Wales’s) Dragoon Guards

4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards

5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s) Dragoon Guards

6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)

7th (The Princess Royal’s) Dragoon Guards

1st (Royal) Dragoons

2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)

3rd (The King’s Own) Hussars

4th (The Queen’s Own) Hussars

5th (Royal Irish) Lancers

6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons

7th (The Queen’s Own) Hussars

8th (The King’s Royal Irish) Hussars

9th (The Queen’s Royal) Lancers

10th (The Prince of Wales’s Own Royal) Hussars

11th (Prince Albert’s Own) Hussars

12th (The Prince of Wales’s Royal) Lancers

13th Hussars

14th (The King’s) Hussars

15th (The King’s) Hussars

16th (The Queen’s) Lancers

17th (The Duke of Cambridge’s Own) Lancers

18th (Queen Mary’s Own) Hussars

19th (Queen Alexandra’s Own) Royal Hussars

20th Hussars

21st (Empress of India’s) Lancers

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