Regimental Brooches​

Regimental Brooches As Valentine’s Day has just passed it is a perfect time to showcase a few of the brooches from our new display at HorsePower, and look at the origins of the regimental sweetheart brooch.     The fashion of wearing regimental brooches can be traced back to Lady Airlie, the wife of David Ogilvy, […]

The Funeral of HRH Prince Albert Victor​

The Funeral of HRH Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale 130 years ago, on 20 January 1892, these soldiers of the 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales’s Own) carried the body of Prince Albert Victor to his final resting place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Prince was second in line to the […]

Sergeant John Breese, 11th Hussars

Sergeant John Breese DCM,  11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own) Sergeant John Breese (Often also spelled Breeze) of the 11th Hussars was severely wounded at the Battle of Inkerman in November 1854. During his recovery he claimed that cheese saved his life and after meeting with Queen Victoria she made sure he was well looked after! John Breese’s […]

The 11th Hussars and the Arab Rebellion, 1936​

The 11th Hussars and the Arab Rebellion, 1936   In April 1936 a mass revolt of Palestinian Arabs broke out in what is now Israel. Following the Great War, Britain had assumed a mandate to control Palestine (following the collapse of the Turkish Empire), and increased Jewish immigration had caused indigenous Palestinian Arabs to become […]

The Sphinx – Abercromby and the 11th Light Dragoons

The Sphinx – Abercromby and the 11th Light Dragoons By Steven Broomfield (Museum Volunteer) General Sir Ralph Abercromby was born in Clackmannanshire in 1734. Having been to Rugby School, he went on to Edinburgh University, followed by study in Leipzig, with a view to entering the legal profession. However, his studies complete, in 1756 he […]

The 10th Royal Hussars in the Battle for France, 1940​

The 10th Royal Hussars in the Battle for France, 1940 By Steven Broomfield (Museum Volunteer) While much has been written – rightly – to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the miracle of Dunkirk, less has been heard about the British units who remained in France, trying to bolster French resistance to the German forces overwhelming […]

Medicina, April 16th 1945​

Medicina, April 16th 1945 By Steven Broomfield (Museum Volunteer) In our archives we have a fine collection of medals – for gallantry, for serving on long-forgotten campaigns, or for dedicated service to regiment and to country – but there are some which really stand out from the rest. This is the story of the Military […]

VE Day​

VE Day Victory in Europe (VE) Day on 8th May 1945 is arguably one of the most significant moments of the 20th century, marking the end of nearly 6 years of war across the globe. For those fighting in the Far East, it was to be another 3 months before the end of their war, […]

Joey The Warhorse​

Joey The Warhorse   Joe (or Joey), rather unusually for the 11th Hussars was a Grey. In August 1914 he went with the regiment to France as part of the initial contingent of the BEF, sadly little is known of his wartime service but he did return safely back to England and remained with the […]

The Battles of El Teb and Tamai​

The Battles of El Teb and Tamai   In 1879, the British government (led by Benjamin Disraeli) had bought the Suez Canal and thus established effective British (and French) control over Egypt. Officially, that country was part of the Turkish Empire, but bankruptcy had led to anarchy and the British and French stepped in.  However, […]