Foreword From the Chairman

Welcome to the official website of the Queen’s Royal Hussars Regimental Association.

The Old Comrades Association weekend in Germany 14-16 September 2018 was the main OCA event in 2018. The weekend was a great success with over 300 members and their families attending. I have heard nothing but praise from those who attended and enjoyed themselves so much.

On behalf of us all I wish to thank the Commanding Officer, Lt Col Nick Cowley, and all ranks in the Regiment for working so hard to make it a success; many thanks also to Major Jim Austin and the HHQ team for all their hard work as well – it was all well worth it. This was the last OCA weekend to be held in Germany as the Regiment will move to Tidworth during the summer of 2019.

Another significant event in 2018 was the publication of ‘In Peace and War’, which is a new Regimental history of our fine Regiment, and all the antecedent Regiments.

It is excellent and has been written by an experienced author, Brigadier (Retd) Robin Rhoderick-Jones, who commanded QRIH and was also our Chairman for many years. I encourage you all to buy a copy and promote the history of our fine Regiment to young potential recruits.

The revenue from sales of the book support Association funds, which is another excellent reason to buy a copy if you have not yet done so.

The Association website is proving a great success for communicating quickly and effectively whilst saving very significant postal charges. Numbers are increasing steadily. Please spread the word and encourage those not registered to do so.

Through tremendous efforts by the Commanding Officer and his team our recruiting and retention numbers have improved a great deal in the last 18 months, but you will be aware from media reports that recruiting across the board for all the services has performed very badly over the last 2 years.

There are reasons for this. One is that currently employment levels across the country are very high; another is a bad decision made some time ago by the MOD to outsource recruiting to Capita, who have done a very bad job indeed, as was predicted by many experienced old hands. You may have seen media reports indicating that any Commonwealth citizen will be eligible to serve in HM Armed Forces in the near future.

But in a Regiment like ours we, collectively, are our best recruiters – so please go out there and encourage the confident and capable young people you come across to serve in the Army and to apply to join our highly professional family Regiment.

Sadly each year we lose some of our members, whose names are recorded in the Empty Saddles section on the website.

We thank those members for their service, and offer our condolences to their families and friends.

Due to their very long and dedicated service I would like to mention in particular two Old Comrades:

Maj John Knight died on 8 March 2018 – John was President of Birmingham and Coventry Troop for many years and a great supporter of the Association and the Museum. Robert Biddle has replaced John as President of the troop.

Col Sir Charles Lowther Bt died on 2 October 2018. Sir Charles commanded the Irish Hussars from 1986-89 and was a Regimental Trustee from 2003 – 2013.

I wish all members the very best for 2019.

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.