Welcome to the official website of the Queen’s Royal Hussars Regimental Association.
I do hope that all members had an enjoyable summer now that the autumn is upon us. Without doubt the recent most significant Regimental Association event was the Old Comrades Association weekend in Germany from 14-16 September 2018.
Over 300 Association members attended this remarkably good Regimental event, which was wonderfully well organised and hosted in Athlone Barracks by the serving Regiment.
Everybody I have spoken to, who attended the weekend, had a tremendously good time and found the serving Regiment in very fine fettle. It was a great chance to catch up with old friends and comrades in arms, and to meet so many of the younger generation now serving in our fine Regiment.
On behalf of all of the Association I would like to congratulate and thank the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Cowley, and all ranks for all their hard work, professionalism and hospitality. I would also like to thank the Regimental Secretary, Major (Retd) Jim Austin , and all the Home Headquarters team, for all their hard work in the planning and execution of the OCA weekend.
The OCA weekend in Germany marked the 25th Anniversary of the amalgamation of The Queen’s Own Hussars and The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars.
This significant anniversary has also been marked by the publication of ‘In Peace and War’, a story of The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish). This excellent Regimental history has been wonderfully well researched and written by an experienced author, Brigadier (Retd) Robin Rhoderick-Jones, a former Chairman of the Regimental Association and well known to many of you.
In one volume it traces the histories of both the current Regiment and the antecedent Regiments so that the reader receives a great understanding of what each Regiment was doing at any particular time or in any specific campaign. The book exposes the magnificent contribution, and sacrifices, that our Regiment, and our former Regiments, have made since 1685.
The foreword to the book has been written by our Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
I commend the book to you and I think every member of the Association and the serving Regiment should have a copy. It would make an excellent Christmas present for anyone interested in our Regiment, the military in general, or in military history more broadly.
The book can be ordered from Home Headquarters and/or through the Association website. Any profits from sales will go into Regimental Association funds – so please buy lots; Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, grandchildren – they all need a copy! Also please promote the book to wider audiences through your social media networks (those who have them).
Turning to future events, this November is of particular importance being the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice ending the 1st World War.
Therefore, it would be very good for as many members as possible to attend the Remembrance Parade and Service in Birmingham on Sunday 11 November, and the other weekend events such as the dinner the night before, the football match and the lunch after the Remembrance Parade and Service. Officers, remember the Officers’ Dinner is in London on Wednesday 7 November as well.
As this is the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice I would ask as many members as possible, especially those nearby, to attend the wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 4th November. Major Jim Austin will send out a separate email about it, and will also request that members support the Field of Remembrance service in London on Thursday 8 November 2018.
Col Andrew Cuthbert
Chairman of The Regimental Association
The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish)
Formed in September 1993 by merging The Queen’s Own Hussars and The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars, the senior light cavalry Regiment in the British Army is The Queen’s Royal Hussars (The Queen’s Own and Royal Irish).
The amalgamation brought together the four senior Hussar Regiments of our forebears, 3rd The King’s Own Hussars, The 4th Queen’s Own Hussars, 7th Queen’s Own Hussars and The 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars, who had so often fought side by side in the campaigns of the past 330 years.
The Regiment can trace its roots back to 1685 and during the past 330 years has been awarded 172 Battle Honours.
Of these 44 are recorded on The Guidon which was presented to the Regiment by the then Colonel in Chief, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on the 14th June 1997.
If you are considering a career in the Army, you can find further information on joining The Queen’s Royal Hussars here.