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. If you click on the regiment’s title you will be taken to a new page which will give you the following information:

  • Information to help you research a soldier who served in the regiment
  • 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 reference at the National Archives, London
  • 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 in 1914.

British Cavalry Regiments of the First World War

This is a work in progress and I will be continually updating the contents. Some Regiments have been completed while others only have a very basic overview.

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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