This November we come together as a nation to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom in war and conflict. We therefore thought it appropriate that our monthly highlight remembers those of The King’s Royal Hussars antecedent regiments who gave their lives on active service.
Within the museum we hold the regimental memorials of the 10th Hussars and 11th Hussars inscribed with the names of those who died during the First and Second World Wars. This month we take a look at the memorial of the 10th Hussars.
After the Great War, the 10th Hussars had a large brass memorial made that originally was inscribed on both sides with the names of the 264 men of the regiment who fell between 1914 and 1918. This then travelled with the regiment wherever they were stationed in peacetime as a reminder of the sacrifice the regiment had made. It is certainly an impressive piece, which also incorporates the older regimental gong which hangs at the bottom centre. This has inscribed all the stations at which the regiment had served since Muttra in 1874.
After the Second World War, the regiment decided to add the names of the 162 dead suffered between 1939 – 1945 onto the existing memorial. This was achieved by the use of extra brass panels inscribed and doors added which could be closed during transit. This was undertaken and in due course the memorial was re-dedicated in front of the whole regiment by Lt Col Abel-Smith on a special parade at Epsom Barracks, Germany on the 15th May 1949. The memorial then continued to travel and take pride of place with the regiment until amalgamation.
The panels that were formerly mounted on the reverse of the memorial can now be seen mounted to the wall in the museum, next to the memorial.
The memorial for the 11th Hussars who died during the Great War 1914 – 1918 is held by Home Headquarters of The King’s Royal Hussars, situated above the museum. The Second World War memorial for the 11th Hussars can be seen in the museum.
Why not come along and visit HorsePower this November where you can pay your respects and see these memorials in person.